Archive for May, 2014

Championship Ring Humor

May 31, 2014


We could all use a little more humor so here’s my attempt at some Championship Ring folly:

Putin on the Ring (super bowl ring humor)


Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, visited with Russian President Putin back in 2005. The visit did not go too well for Mr. Kraft.

“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.” said Kraft.

After returning to the United States, Kraft 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. Looks like this attempt to ease tensions between the two countries failed.

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.

The person who designed and photoshopped this clever picture got one important detail wrong. Putin is shown with the New England Patriots Super Bowl XXXVI ring (the Pats first Super Bowl Victory). The ring that was stolen was the Patriots last Super Bowl Championship Ring, from Super Bowl XXXIX. The Super Bowl XXXIX is about twice the size of the ring shown on Putin’s finger.


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David Richie’s Denver Broncos Super Bowl XXXII ring reported stolen

May 30, 2014



Have you seen this ring?   Please help if you have.

David Richie Denver Broncos Super Bowl XXXII ring


The ring belonging to player David Richie was stolen on Friday 5/23/14 from Arch Bishop Murphy High School.   The ring has Richie’s name engraved on it in raised letters.

The Denver Broncos championship ring is made of 14K gold and contains real diamonds.   It is approximately 63 grams.   Unlike rings made by Tiffany, Jostens, or Balfour, this ring was made by Diamond Cutters International and the only engraving inside is a “14K” stamp (this is normal for this particular ring).

Also stolen with the Super Bowl ring was his University of Washington Rose Bowl ring.

If you have any information on this matter, please contact Detective Ainsworth at the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.   His phone number is 425-388-5260.


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I’m Looking to Buy These Five AFC / NFC Championship Rings

May 29, 2014


While I’ll buy ANY championship ring, super bowl ring, hockey or basketball ring, here’s the five AFC / NFC (super bowl losing) rings I want most:

AFC and NFC Championship Rings


Pictured above: The Minnesota Vikings Super Bowl XI ring (from 1976), the Buffalo Bills Super Bowl XXV ring (1990), the Bills Super Bowl XXVII ring (1992), The New England Patriots Super Bowl XLVI ring (2011) and the San Francisco Forty Niners Super Bowl XLVII ring (2012).

Here are some cool facts about each of these rings:

The Minnesota Vikings ring is from their final Super Bowl appearance. I’m not sure who made the ring, but my gut tells me it was made by Balfour, based upon the way the last names were engraved. It is the largest and nicest of the four Viking NFC championship rings and the Vikings are one of the few remaining teams not to have ever won a super bowl.

The Buffalo Bills XXV ring, from 1990 was their first trip to the super bowl. This ring was made in 10K gold by Jostens. The design of the ring top is a tribute to their stadium. The Bills lost a heart breaker in the final seconds of the game as Scott Norwood’s field goal went wide right.

The Buffalo Bills XXVII ring, from 1992 was their third consecutive trip to the super bowl. The Bills became the first team to lose three consecutive super bowls and only the second team to play in three consecutive super bowls. The Miami Dolphins did the same thing, however they won two of their three consecutive appearances). This ring, just like the other three Bills rings, was made in 10K gold by Jostens.

Speaking of heart breakers, the New England Patriots Super Bowl XLV appearance didn’t go much better than their last appearance, losing both times to the New York Giants. In both super bowl games, the outcome was not known until the final moments of the game. The Patriots ring is the most impressive conference championship ring ever made. It was made by Jostens and has 7 marquee diamonds – one for each Super Bowl appearance the team has experienced. The ring and the wood presentation case are a tribute to Myra Kraft, wife of team owner Robert Kraft, who passed away in 2011.

The final ring needed is the San Francisco Forty Niners Super Bowl XLVII ring from 2012. Not much is known about this ring (yet), but it was made by Tiffany. Compared to the Pats ring from a year earlier, this ring is very simple and a throw-back to earlier rings that were less flashy. The game will probably be remembered for two events not related to on the field plays: The first super bowl featuring two brothers against each other as head coaches – Jim and John Harbaugh. And of course the power outage that delayed the game for 34 minutes.

These five championship rings, plus the four super bowl rings are torturing me. Some day I hope to obtain them. If you have any of these five championship rings or the four super bowl rings I blogged about earlier in the week, I will pay top dollar for them.

Please remember that I am a private collector and won’t resell these rings or put them in auction houses. Your privacy will be honored and protected. No one except you and I will know you sold me your championship ring.


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NY Knicks great Bernard King sells Basketball Hall of Fame ring, trophy

May 28, 2014

BY Mitch Abramson, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS


Nostalgia is apparently being trumped by cold, hard cash for the former high-scoring Knick forward, inducted into the Hall of Fame recently.

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Bernard King is showing that money trumps nostalgia.

King had to wait his turn before he was welcomed into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last year. Now, the Brooklyn product and former Knicks great is wasting little time profiting from the honor.

King, who spent four seasons with the Knicks, is selling off his Hall of Fame induction ring and Hall of Fame trophy Thursday at the Nate D. Sanders auction house in Los Angeles.

The two items were initially set for bidding starting at $40,000 for the ring and $32,500 for the trophy. But King chose to sell the items to the auction house rather than put them up for consignment, where he would have waited 45 days to receive payment, Sanders said.

The ring and trophy were purchased from King directly by the firm for an undisclosed sum, Sanders said. The sale will be conducted through mail order and online auction. It was the first time Sanders had ever dealt with King and he worked with him directly on the deal.

“That means he wants the money up front,” Sanders said in a phone interview on Tuesday of why King didn’t put the items up for bid. “He’s taking the gamble away and getting paid up front. There’s a gamble that maybe he did the right thing and maybe it doesn’t sell. There’s also the gamble that it could have sold for more and if he had been patient for a few months he could have made more money.”

Instead he was paid last month, Sanders said.

“He didn’t have the patience to wait those few months,” he said.

King did not immediately return messages for comment.

Sanders said he received between $40,000 and $50,000 for Chet (The Jet) Walker’s Hall of Fame ring.

“And you know Bernie King is a better player than Chet the Jet,” Sanders said of the former Hall of Famer who played for Philly and Chicago, suggesting that King could have received more.

Sanders said that Walker also sold his ring not long after he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012 “so it’s not unprecedented.”

Sanders says the craziest sports item he ever put up for auction was a pair of Arther Ash’s wisdom teeth that he got from his wife as part of his estate that went up for auction in 2012 and got a “few thousand” for them, he said.

“When we dealt with [former NFL punter] Ray Guy, he was going through his bankruptcy and he wanted to sell his three Super Bowl rings because he needed to pay back the bankruptcy court,” Sanders said of goods that “brought almost $100,000,” according to Sanders’ website. “I dealt with wives of Yankees before who were selling their World Series rings from the 1950s. Everyone has a different reason. It’s a lot of money- so that’s probably the best reason they want to sell them.”

King was in the news again this past season when Carmelo Anthony broke his Knicks single-game scoring record of 60 points with a 62-point effort against the Charlotte Bobcats on Jan. 24. King set the record in a loss to the Nets on Christmas Day in 1984.


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I’m Looking to Buy These Four Super Bowl Rings

May 27, 2014


While I’m ready to buy ANY championship ring, super bowl ring, hockey or basketball ring, here’s the four rings I want most:

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Pictured above: The Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XIII ring (from 1978), the Steelers Super Bowl XIV ring (1979), the San Francisco Forty Niners Super Bowl XXIII ring (1988) and finally, the New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI ring (2011).

Here are some cool facts about each of these rings:

The Steelers Super Bowl XIII ring is made of solid 10K gold and real diamonds. It was made by Jostens. The Steelers beat the Cowboys in Superbowl XIII 35-31. It was the first ever Super Bowl rematch and a very exciting game.

The Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XIV ring is the last of the four Steeler championship rings from their dominant 1970′s teams. The ring is made by Jostens and contains 4 diamonds symbolizing all four of their championship wins. Like their other three super bowl rings, it is made of 10K solid gold. Interestingly, most super bowl rings during this time were made of 14 carat gold, yet each of the Steelers rings from their first 4 rings were made of 10K gold.

The Steelers beat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl XIV 31-19, although the game was a lot closer than the score would indicate. The Rams led 13-10 at halftime but the Steelers scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.

The San Francisco 49ers XXIII ring is also made by Jostens and is 10K gold. The ring contains three large diamonds, signifying their third super bowl championship.

In a thrilling game, the 49ers came from behind in a late fourth-quarter game-winning drive. The 49ers beat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-16.

The final ring in my search is the New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI ring. The ring is made of 14K white gold as is manufactured by Tiffany. The ring is covered in white diamonds and has four Vince Lombardi Trophies, commemorating the team’s four titles. Each trophy is set with a marquis diamond. The top of the ring includes 37 blue sapphires.

In another thrilling superbowl, The Giants held on to beat the New England Patriots 21-17. With the loss, the Patriots tied the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings with four Super Bowl losses. However, the Denver Broncos just took the lead again, after having lost badly to the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII.

These four rings are torturing me, since I’ve come close to buying each of these super bowl rings in the past but the opportunity fell through. Eventually I will obtain them. If you have any of these four super bowl rings, I will pay top dollar for them.

Please remember that I am a private collector and won’t resell these rings or put them in auction houses. Your privacy will be honored and protected. No one except you and I will know you sold me your championship ring.

I’m also looking to buy AFC and NFC championship rings too! There are five of those rings that keep me up at night too, and I will do a blog about them in the coming few days.


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