Former Teammates Pay To Replace Jim Kiick’s Lost Super Bowl Ring

June 27, 2017

Shown below are the two Miami Dolphin back-to-back Super Bowl rings awarded to the team during the 1972 and 1973 seasons:

Miami Dolphins Superbowl VII and Super Bowl VIII rings for Jim Kiick

In a classy and special gesture, made to a struggling teammate, former Dolphin players presented Jim Kiick with another Super Bowl ring.

Former Miami Dolphins running back Jim Kiick has been missing his championship ring from Super Bowl VIII for many years (the championship ring pictured on the right).

According to Barry Jackson, a writer for the newspaper The Miami Herald, the Dolphins organization and some of his former teammates stepped up in an attempt to fix this matter.

The Miami Dolphins gave Kiick a new Super Bowl ring a few weeks ago. However, the new championship ring turned out to be a replica of the Super Bowl VII ring, which the Kiick family still has (pictured on the left).

The Dolphin Super Bowl VII ring is considered very special, as it capped and celebrated the team’s undefeated 1972 season.

“It was nice to get it,” Kiick said. “Now I have two. The [Super Bowl] ring was more important than the money.”

Kiick spent most of his seven-year career with the Dolphins. He earned two Pro Bowls appearances in 1968 and 1969 and led the AFL with nine rushing touchdowns in 1969.

Kiick has been dealing with mental impairment and is in an assisted living facility. According to a recent Sports Illustrated story by S.L. Price, Kiick is struggling with dementia. However, Kiick disputed the severity of his situation as was written in the article.

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Willie Stargell’s 1979 World Series Ring Sells for $82,852.80

June 26, 2017

Last month this championship ring blog wrote that Stargell’s family was feuding over how Willie’s second wife was selling his prized sports possessions:

Willie Stargell SCP 1979 World Series Ring Auction

Now we know how his World Series ring and other awards and memorabilia fared at auction:

During Stargell’s twenty season career with the Pirates, he was a seven time all star, and two time World Series Champion. Of his two World Series rings (1971 and 1979), SCP auctioned his 1979 championship ring. No word was given why his 1971 World Series ring was not part of the auction.

To add even more value to Stargell’s 1979 World Series ring, he was the World Series MVP for the October Classic.

Stargell was a beloved Pirate and inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1988 so it’s no surprise his World Series ring sold for so much money.

The Pirates 1979 World Series ring is considered tiny by today’s championship ring standards. It was designed and crafted by Jostens in 10K solid yellow gold and weighs 32 grams. Today’s World series are 2-3 times as massive.

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A Football Championship Ring Offered At A Very Fair Price

June 23, 2017

Saw this nice-looking, well-priced Championship Ring for sale eBay this week. How rare is that!

Detroit Drive AFL Arena Football championship ring

I am not affiliated with this Arena Football Championship ring, or the seller. I’m just here to blog as much as I can about the world of championship rings.

This player ring is a beauty, and with an asking price under $3,000.00 and the seller looking for offers, it looks as if this championship ring will sell at a fair and realistic price.

According to internet sources, here’s what I learned about the team, the Detroit Drive:

The Drive was an Arena Football League team and like we’re seeing with today’s New ENgland Patriots in the NFL, the Drive was a true championship dynasty. The Drive, started as an expansion team during the AFL’s second season. During the six seasons they played in Detroit, the Drive appeared in the AFL championship game in all six seasons they competed. They won the championship four times (1988, 1989, 1990 and 1992) and compiled a regular season & playoff record of 58-12 in six seasons – an amazing 83% winning percentage. The team’s two championship losses in 1991 and 1993 both came against the Tampa Bay Storm.

The owner of the Drive was Little Caesar’s pizza owner Mike Ilitch, who also owned the NHL’s historic Detroit Red Wings. The Drive drew quite well, averaging over 14,000 fans per game at Joe Louis Arena over their six seasons. When Ilitch purchased the Detroit Tigers in 1993 he realized the Drive was competition for the Tigers during the spring and summer months. So Ilitch sold the Drive to Joseph O’Hara in 1994, and O’Hara moved the franchise to Worcester, Massachusetts. When the team moved, it played one season as the Massachusetts Marauders in 1994 and then went out of business.

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A Superbowl Ring Shirt that “Can’t Handle The Truth”

June 22, 2017

Most championship ring enthusiasts love a good tee-shirt that shows off some stunning rings. Here’s a new shirt that falls very short:

New England Patriots Super Bowl ring tee shirt

The truth is that most tee shirt designers who incorporate a team’s championship rings into their product, aren’t allowed to use the actual ring images.

Somehow, some do. After all, just go on eBay or Twitter and you’ll see many sellers who import fake look-alike championship rings and sell them for very inexpensive prices. How they get away with this boggles my mind.

With that same mindset, there are championship ring tee shirts available that either nail the actual image of the championship rings, or get very close.

Somehow, the tee shirt shown above fails to get close to what the five Patriot Super Bowl rings actually look like.

And that’s a shame….

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The Top 50 Super Bowl Rings Ranked

June 21, 2017

My newest themed Championship Ring Column, the ranking all 50 Super Bowl rings from worst to first continues – We’re now up to number 46:

Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl IV ring

Please note, I usually don’t show player’s names on Super Bowl rings, however, the championship ring seen above (with the player’s name) was part of a major sports memorabilia auction nine years ago and the name and photograph above was released by the auction house to the public.

Yes, I realize there are now 51 Super Bowl rings, however, when I started this blog series there were 50. And since I probably won’t own or get my hands on a Super Bowl 51 ring anytime soon, I’ll stick with he first 50 championship rings for this series.

The Super Bowl ring shown above is one of my least favorite among the 50. Sooner or later we’ll get the best of the best, but for now we’re starting at the bottom and working our way up.

Before we get into details about the championship ring shown above, I just want to review the ranking process:

The Super Bowl ring ranking has absolutely nothing to do with my affection or non-affection to the team or players the championship ring was awarded to. The ranking of these Super Bowl rings also have nothing to do with the team’s season or the specific title game either. The ranking is based solely on the championship ring design.

Last, I probably don’t spend enough time on many of my championship ring blogs discussing the shanks (sides of the championship rings) but in this ongoing blog series that will contribute to the rankings too.

The Super Bowl ring shown above is the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl IV from the 1969 season.

The Chiefs became the second AFC team in a row to defeat a mighty NFL opponent (the Jets being the first) to win a Super Bowl ring. I believe this was the last Super Bowl played before the two leagues officially merged into one league. Here’s some of things I don’t like about this championship ring:

Whoever designed this Super Bowl ring apparently had little concern for keeping the aspect ratio (the ratio of width to height of an image) realistic. The football shaped diamonds seen on the top of the ring, is not really shaped like a football – obviously it’s way too plump. The other squished image on the championship ring is the world map. Round would have been nicer, but perhaps this was designed this way to show a small part of the Lombardi trophy that can been seen (a little) behind the world image.

Another odd image is the crown found on the other shank. Not only is the crown strange-looking, the three sets of numbers, “62″, 69″, and “66″ which represent the team’s championship seasons are in an unattractive and hard to read type style. Curving the numbers into a circle makes matters worse.

Please keep in mind that I collect Super Bowl rings and acquiring a player’s version of this championship ring was not easy – few of them have been offered to the public. It was an important acquisition and I’m thrilled to own this player Super Bowl ring. Some Super Bowl rings have to be ranked low; and this one in my opinion is one of them. However, it doesn’t take away from the tremendous pride the players, coaching staff, and executives feel when being awarded this or any other Super Bowl ring.

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