Archive for June, 2013

Keeping Up With The Joneses and Their Amazing Championship Jewelry Collection

The Jones family jewelry collection is quite impressive. It includes a brand new Super Bowl ring and a UFC championship belt.

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UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones has a gold-encrusted belt awarded to him for winning the championship. His brother Arthur is a member of the Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens, and he received his ring earlier this month. Jon displayed the two pieces together recently on his Instagram account.

The collection could continue to get larger, as Jon’s younger brother, Chandler, is a member of the New England Patriots, so there’s always a good chance this jewelry collection could grow.

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Championship Ring Humor – Obama and Putin

Sometimes collectors take this stuff to seriously. I know I do. It’s a good idea to have fun and poke some occasional fun at the world of collecting and collectors who make this hobby so interesting.

So I hope you don’t mind if I occasionally interrupt this Championship Ring Blog for some fun. As most of you know, Patriot owner, Robert Kraft recently was in the news regarding his accusation that Putin stole his Super Bowl ring.

Obama, Putin and suerp bowl ring fun

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New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Claims Russian President Putin Stole His Super Bowl Ring

Patriots owner Robert Kraft reluctantly told people for years that he gave Russian president Vladimir Putin his personal Super Bowl XXXVIII ring. But according to the New York Post, Putin actually stole the $25,000 ring.

New England Patriots Super Bowl XXXVIII Ring

Kraft recently explained the incident at Carnegie Hall’s Medal of Excellence gala, saying, “I took out the ring and showed it to [Putin], and he put it on and he goes, ‘I can kill someone with this ring.’ I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out.”

It was during the 2005 meeting with Putin in Saint Petersburg that the Russian President became enamored with the ring and came into possession of it, but the saga for Kraft didn’t end there.

After returning to the United States, he demanded the return of his ring. The White House intervened and at the behest of the American government, Kraft was instructed to claim the ring was a gift in order to ease possible tensions between the Russians and the United States.

According to the story, the government told Kraft, “It would really be in the best interest of US-Soviet relations if you meant to give the ring as a present.”

While the Patriots owner continued to tell officials that he wanted his personalized 4.94-carat diamond-encrusted ring back, the White House continued to stay firm in their stance that it would be best to claim it was a gift and leave it at that.

Perhaps Kraft was tired of keeping this a secret. The Patriots owner wants his ring back but it’s still in the possession of Putin and/or the Kremlin.

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Want to sell that high-priced item on ebay? Maybe you want to think again.

A man surrendered to law enforcement officers for allegedly defrauding hundreds of sellers on eBay.

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A 49-year-old Summit New Jersey man surrendered to police officers for allegedly defrauding hundreds of sellers of foreign and antique banknotes on the eBay, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced via a press release.

David D’Aries is charged with one count of mail fraud and is expected to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor in Newark federal court.

According to the criminal Complaint:

From June 2007 through October 2012, D’Aries allegedly devised a scheme to defraud individuals from around the world by posing as a buyer interested in purchasing rare and antique foreign banknotes for bid on eBay. D’Aries, as the winning bidder in approximately 400 eBay transactions, made payment for the auctioned item via PayPal or credit card, received the item from the eBay seller via the United States mail or other commercial interstate carrier, and then allegedly falsely claimed to various credit card companies that the item was never received from the seller or was an unauthorized charge. D’Aries allegedly posed as three different individuals, including his deceased father, in his fraudulent eBay transactions.

Losses to eBay/PayPal and the various eBay sellers as a result of D’Aries’ alleged fraudulent transactions total approximately $122,000. A search of D’Aries’ home by law enforcement on June 30, 2011, revealed several thousand foreign banknotes and 165 pieces of mail from around the world that were addressed to D’Aries and the other identities he allegedly used.

D’Aries faces a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Fishman credited inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Postal Inspector in Charge Maria L. Kelokates in Newark with the investigation leading to today’s arrest. He also thanked the Summit Police Department and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office for their roles in the case.

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Basketball Legend Bill Sharman to Raffle His 2010 LA Lakers Championship Ring

USC men’s basketball legend Bill Sharman will be auctioning his player-size 2010 Los Angeles Lakers championship ring. The goal is to raise a lot of money for eight different charities.
Los Angeles Basketball Championship Ring

The lucky winner with the correct raffle ticket not only gets the ring but will also be awarded two tickets to a Lakers game next season.

Also included in the giveaway, the winner gets a $4,000.00 travel allowance (if needed), so out-of-state entries are welcome and encouraged. Last, the winner will be presented with the championship ring personally by Bill Sharman.

After leaving USC as a consensus All-American, Sharman went on to become a four-time NBA champion and eight-time All-Star as a player. He also won ABA and NBA titles as a head coach, including the 1972 championship with the Lakers.

Click this link for additional information and to purchase raffle tickets.

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