Archive for March, 2014

Nobel Peace Prize auctioned for $1.16 Million in Maryland

March 31, 2014

While it may not be a championship ring, this extremely rare recognition piece was discovered in a South American pawn shop.


A 1936 Nobel Peace Prize discovered at a South American pawn shop has been sold at auction in Baltimore for $1.16 million.

The original recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and owner of this piece was Argentina’s foreign minister, Carlos Saavedra Lamas, who was honored for his role in negotiating the end of the Chaco War between Paraguay and Bolivia.

Brian Kendrella, president of New York-based Stack’s Bowers Galleries, says the auction drew half a dozen bidders from six countries. The winning bidder Thursday was an individual collector from Asia who asked to remain anonymous.

The prize sold for a winning bid of $950,000 at auction, and an additional buyer’s commission brought the final sale price to $1.16 million.

This is only the second Nobel Peace Prize to come to auction. This award marked the first time someone from Latin America received the honor. The 1936 recipient was Argentina’s foreign minister, Carlos Saavedra Lamas.

The prize sold for far more than the gallery’s estimate of $50,000 to $100,000. The only other Nobel Peace Prize known to have sold at auction was a 1903 medal that brought nearly $17,000 in 1985.

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The Championship Rings of the Cincinnati Bengals

March 24, 2014

Founded in 1966 as a member of the American Football League (AFL), the Bengals have won two championships, both in the 1980s.

Cincinnati Bengals Super Bowl Rings
Cincinnati Bengals AFC Championship Rings
Cincinnati Bengals 1981 1988 Championship Rings

After winning AFC championships in 1981 and 1988, the Bengals lost to the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowls XVI and XXIII.

While the NFL mandates the size and extravagance of Super Bowl and AFC/NFC Championship rings, the Bengals rings were well designed and achieved a classic, timeless elegance on a moderate budget.

Helping to enhance their beauty, both rings keep the color scheme simple and classic: A Black onyx stone, white dimaond(s), and yellow gold. The three colors work really well together. If you’ve ever seen a Tennessee Vols or Clemson Tigers championship ring, you probably agree that black works much better as a backdrop than orange.

Looking back at other super bowl and conference championship rings, only the Pittsburgh Steelers used the exact color scheme of a black onyx stone, white diamonds and yellow gold.

It may be a while before we see a return of this color scheme. Many of the modern rings skip an onyx stone and incorporate white gold instead of yellow gold.

Both Bengals rings were made by Jostens in 10K solid gold. The championship ring growth-trend that started in the 1960′s and continues today is clearly evident in the photographs. It’s easy to see that the 1988 version is bigger and contains more bling than it’s predecessor. The 1981 ring is a mere 29 grams in weight while the 1988 ring is 39 grams.

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The Baltimore Colts 1968 NFL Championship Ring That Wasn’t

March 20, 2014

When the 1968 NFL Champion Baltimore Colts lost to the New York Jets in Super Bowl III, the team decided to break a long-standing tradition.

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Since the NFL-AFL merger had not been completed yet, the Colts were entitled to receive NFL Championship Rings for winning their NFL Championship game before facing the Jets in the Super Bowl.

Heavily favored going into Super Bowl III, they were startled by their loss to the Jets.

Perhaps a ring would have been a grim reminder of their historic loss and perhaps that was too much to bear. So the team decided to go with watches.

The watches are high-end, solid 18K gold pieces with player initials (including the middle name) and their respective uniform number engraved on the back of the watch.

The watches were made by luxury watch maker, Lucien Piccard. This watch, hardly worn, was recently added to my collection. The brown alligator strap is original and so is the presentation box.

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FSU releases images of their latest championship rings

March 18, 2014

Images of FSU’s National Championship rings have been released.

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FSU’s official recruiting Twitter account released the picture above on Monday night, showing off the design of the championship rings.

The top of the ring appears to be covered with diamonds, making up the Coaches’ Trophy, with the “FS” also outlining diamonds. “National” and “champions” are on each side of the top.

Players do not receive rings with diamonds, the NCAA prohibits this. There rings will have cubic zirconias (fake diamonds).

The side of the rings has specific names, FSU’s 14-0 record and the final score (34-31) of FSU’s championship game victory against Auburn.

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Who’s Got The Most Super Bowl Rings?

March 17, 2014

Charles Haley has the most rings won as a player. He won two with the Forty Niners and three with the Dallas Cowboys.

super bowl rings belonging to Neal Dahlen

Haley may have won five, but there are some staff members who have won more rings. Neal Dahlen, (hands and rings pictured above) is a retired team Executive, who worked for the San Francisco 49ers, and the Denver Broncos. Dahlen has the most rings – an incredible 7 of them!

Here’s a tally of other multiple Super Bowl Ring winners.

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