This “Sample” Super Bowl Ring is Intriguing

May 18, 2018


I’m not sure what to make of the Super Bowl ring on the left, it’s probably a prototype by the original manufacturer:


(Click picture below for a larger picture)Broncos Super Bowl XXXII ring


The ring on the top left is a sample Super Bowl ring, currently offered on eBay. It caught my eye and I knew I had to write a blog about it.

The Broncos Super Bowl ring on the right is a player’s authentic version from the same year.

Immediately, you can see, despite the seller’s selling points in the eBay listing, they are not identical Super Bowl rings. The first obvious clue is that the player version is longer then the supposed sample championship ring sample.

Look closely at the diamond spacing, stone sizes, and other tiny details, and it becomes apparent they are different. And don’t believe this stuff about being hand-made and therefore every Super Bowl ring is different. While that’s true, and they say that no two diamonds are exactly alike, in this case there’s too much variation between the championship rings to say they are identical.

And then there’s these two pesky facts: the shapes of the Super Bowl rings and the type-style used in each ring are way different too.

The reason I believe that both Super Bowl rings are made by the manufacturer who was awarded the contract that year, “Diamond Cutters”, is that the Super Bowl ring on eBay comes with the original Diamond Cutters presentation box. These boxes are more rare than the wooden, larger presentation boxes that usually come with championship rings.

It’s more rare because it’s such a small, uninspiring presentation box and many were discarded over the years.

Additionally the sides of the ebay Super Bowl ring look quite similar to the Diamond Cutters player version.

Keep in mind those shanks on player rings, and this sample look awful – just about the worst you will ever see on a championship ring. That means all of the Broncos Super Bowl XXXII ring-shanks look like Chinese replica rings.

The following season when the Broncos won their second consecutive Super Bowl ring, they switched manufacturers and went with Jostens. The difference in the shanks that second year was substantial and much improved.

Please remember as always I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring in private, please contact me.


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Here’s a Scary Thought (and it Involves Super Bowl Rings)

May 16, 2018


No this is not “Manning Family Week” on Sports-Rings.com. It’s purely coincidental that I’m doing back-to-back blogs about Eli and his family:


manning family and their super bowl rings and tom brady not having 9 super bowl rings


Yesterday’s blog was about an out-of-court settlement, involving Eli Manning, the Giants, and someone bringing a lawsuit against them for monetary damages; and in a very unusual move, demanding a Giants Super Bowl 2007 ring as well.

Today’s blog has to do with a scary thought – and a fascinating tweet (shown above). Would Tom Brady really own nine winning Super Bowl rings, if the parents of Payton and Eli Manning never met?

More importantly, is Tom Brady plotting a way to go back in time (a la “Back to the Future”) to make sure Archie and Olivia don’t meet? And if Brady somehow finds a way to do this, is it considered cheating?

No matter what you believe about Brady getting to nine Super Bowl rings if Payton and Eli were never born, the photo above is a great picture, taken way before Payton and Eli entered the NFL.

Please remember as always, I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.


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Eli Manning, NY Giants, a Memorabilia Lawsuit, and a Super Bowl Ring

May 15, 2018


This is the first time I have ever heard of someone suing and seeking not only monetary damages, but also for a championship ring that had nothing to do with the case:


eli manning sports memorabilia lawsuit, super bowl ring


A lawsuit alleging that the New York Giants and their star quarterback Eli Manning committed memorabilia fraud was settled yesterday.

“Eric Inselberg, Michael Jakab and Sean Godown have resolved all claims in their pending litigation against the New York Giants, Eli Manning, John Mara, William Heller, Joseph Skiba, Edward Skiba and Steiner Sports, in accordance with a confidential settlement agreement reached today,” the defendants said in a statement released yesterday.

“The compromise agreement, entered into by all parties, should not be viewed as supporting any allegations, claims or defenses,” the statement continued. “All parties are grateful to have the matter, which began in 2014, concluded and are now focused on football, the fans and the future.”

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

The trial was set to begin in Hackensack on Monday with jury selection, but had been delayed before ultimately being settled out of court.

Manning’s marketing agent Alan Zucker sent Manning a note asking for “2 game used helmets and 2 game used jerseys” as per the two-time Super Bowl MVP’s contract with memorabilia dealer Steiner Sports.

Skiba sent Manning a note asking if he could help him with the request, Manning responded: “2 helmets that can pass as game used. That is it. Eli”

Another email from Skiba at a different time claimed that Manning wanted to send fake memorabilia because he “didn’t want to give up the real stuff.”

Giants organization responded by throwing support behind Manning, lauding his character and claiming the emails were taken out of context.

Here’s the part of the lawsuit that shocks me. Not only did Inselberg demanded that the Giants pay him unspecified monetary damages, he also demanded a 2007 Super Bowl ring.

Because the case is closed, and the resolution kept privately, we won’t know if the Giants issued a 2007 Super Bowl ring to Inselberg. Perhaps as final compensation, the one that’s been offered on eBay for a couple of years could be acquired.

Please remember as always, I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.


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When an Expert Comes a Callin’ it Can Get Appallin’

May 14, 2018


Recently I was contacted by a know-it-all who informed me I must have been exposed to plenty of fake Packer rings:


championship ring expert


Believe me, I wasn’t and quickly realized I needed to tell this misinformed person to never contact me again.

There’s a lesson to be learned here (and a funny story too). The lesson is that in the world of championship ring collecting (and sports memorabilia collecting too) you will sometimes meet “an expert” who will proclaim bad information as fact. The more you try to tell them they are not correct, the more they dig in and stand their ground.

When this happens, it’s best to walk away. Or if you believe what they say may have some credibility, do careful research before purchasing their offerings.

That’s the lesson, here’s the funny story behind it (and perhaps another lessen if you are approached by this person, or see their item for sale).

I was offered a Green Bay 2010 Super Bowl ring. It was a woman’s front office ring and I was lectured that the Packer’s only offered player size rings to the staff that year, so it had to be the player size version.

Having collected Super Bowl rings for over two decades, and knowing a few people in the Packer organization, I knew this statement was 100% false. Perhaps the seller did not know they were misinformed, but they refused to believe me that their statement was not accurate.

Their reaction to my reply that front office Super Bowl ring versions were often smaller in the Packers case that season, was counted with “you must have seen fake Super Bowl rings”.

I quickly realized this conversation was going to go nowhere, so I politely told the person not to contact me ever again.

A few years ago, there was a gorgeous Packer ring (female version, front office ring) for sale in Green Bay that received a lot of attention. The Super Bowl XLV ring was 100% authentic and the interest from me and many others quickly died when it was discovered that the offering was smaller than the player’s version.

Additionally, someone I know is on the Packer’s Board of Directors and he showed me his Super Bowl XLV ring. It was a beautiful Super Bowl ring, but was smaller than the player version.

I own a player version and it’s the heaviest Super Bowl ring of all time, packing a weight of around 110 grams. Yes the latest Patriots rings are larger, but they are made of 10K solid gold while the Packer rings are made of heavier-platinum.

All of these Super Bowl rings are quite huge and heavy and completely uncomfortable to wear, so I am not surprised that one or more of the board members went with a smaller version of the ring. Can you imagine if this seller walked up to the board member and told them they had a fake Packer Super Bowl ring? Yikes!

Remember, don’t just take the word of a seller; do your research.

Please remember a always, I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.


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Heritage Auctions Upcoming Sale Has Plenty of Championship Rings

May 11, 2018


There will be something for everyone in this huge auction. Here’s something quite unusual about the event that caught my eye:


Dallas Cowboys 1971 Super Bowl Vi ring


May 17th – May 18th, Heritage Auctions has a large sports memorabilia auction and it’s packed with all different types of championship rings.

Not only do they have tons of baseball World Series rings, they also have Super Bowl rings, and basketball and hockey rings too.

Please note I am not affiliated with Heritage auctions and none of the championship rings in their event are mine. Last, I have no idea who the consigners of these championship rings are.

While I hope to cover some of the higher-end championship rings in the coming week, the two player Cowboy 1971 Super Bowl rings shown above, caught my eye.

The first thing that I noticed about these two Super Bowl rings is that it’s unusual for an auction house to take on the same sports memorabilia item when each is considered rare and in the same condition.

For instance, a well-known Baseball auction house will not take on the famous Mantle Topps rookie card in the same graded condition in the same auction. Because of the huge price swings for this card in various graded conditions, they will take the iconic Mantle rookie card as long as each is in a different grade.

Yet Heritage choose to offer two player Super Bowl VI rings in the same auction. I hope each consigner was given advanced notice of this matter.

Now onto some interesting observations about these two Super Bowl rings.

First off, both championship rings look original and authentic so no issues there. However, one of the Super Bowl rings was probably made with a slight error. You can see that each ring has the player’s name on opposite sides of the ring (one last name is on the left, the other the right). Incidentally, all previous versions I have seen of this Super Bowl ring, contain the name on the left side. A name on the right side should not change the value of the championship ring at all.

The next thing I notice is that one of the championship rings has a beaded gold-metal outline surrounding the blue star, and the other has a flat piece of gold metal. These Super Bowl rings were made by Balfour in 14-K gold. 14K solid gold is softer than 10K gold and wears down faster, so perhaps the other Super Bowl ring is more worn down. Or perhaps, like many pieces of jewelry, Balfour had to make a repair to one of the rings. Again, these issues will not affect the price or value of the championship rings.

Last, my championship ring from the same year, has a beaded gold circle surrounding the diamond and these two Super Bowl have a flatter gold circle. Again, just minor differences on Super Bowl rings that are almost fifty years old.

And don’t worry if one of the blue stars look bigger or darker. That’s just the angle and lighting of each picture making these ring tops look different.

Please remember as always, I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.


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