Archive for October, 2014

Manu Ginobili Shows Off His Growing Championship Ring Collection

October 31, 2014

Ginobili with his Spurs championship rings from 2003, 2005, 2007 and, on his index finger, the latest one from 2014.

San Antonio Spurs NBA Championship Rings

Manu Ginobili is a 12 year San Antonio Spurs basketball player with quite a track record. He’s a 4 time NBA champion, a 2 time NBA all star and the winner of the 2008 NBA Sixth Man of the Year award.

Ginobili just posted his newest column at Argentina’s La Nacion, and included the photograph shown above with him and his four championship rings, including his most recent addition from Tuesday’s pre-game ceremony.

Ginobili said, after the opening night victory over Dallas that followed the championship ring presentation, that he keeps his jewelry at home in a drawer, and a safe whenever he travels home with them to Argentina.

“They can put on that ring whatever they want, and I love it,” told the media after the game. “It represents a lot of things we went through. It’s always very special. The emotions … it’s hard to contain tears when you see the banner, when you see us hugging and the fans going crazy. It’s a special moment.”

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Rare Yankees 1953 Championship Ring Surfaces

October 30, 2014

With almost no information available on vintage Yankee championship rings, some facts were discovered this week.

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**1953 Yankees World Series Ring**

The Yankee 1953 World Series Ring is a very special ring. Made by Balfour, this ring temporarily broke a long running tradition of Yankee World Series rings: Yankee championship rings changed very little since the team won in 1932.

Yankee World Series rings did change slightly in 1949 when they settled into the same exact top, year after year and remained unchanged until 1977. The one different ring during that long time period was the 1953 championship ring – their fifth consecutive World Series championship.

The 1953 Yankees World Series ring, to celebrate their amazing 5th consecutive championship, was a temporary departure from their standard World championship ring. As you can see from the photo above, the ring contained a numeric “five” to symbolize their 5th championship in a row. The diamond can be seen on the lower portion of the “5″.

There was speculation by championship ring collectors that only players who were there for all five championships received a ring with the “5″ on top, the rest received the standard World Series Ring. Well, this ring proves that must have been speculation and not correct. The player who was awarded this ring, was not there for all 5 championships, yet received the same ring as those that were there.

When the pictures arrived by email I was stunned. Although a select few 1953 original and authentic rings have hit the collector’s market, I have never seen the original presentation box that was given out with the ring.

Unlike today’s massive glass-enclosed championship ring presentation boxes, this box was made of leather and most were discarded over the last 60 years.

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Spurs Receive Their Fifth Championship Ring

October 29, 2014

The start of the 2014-15 NBA season saw the San Antonio Spurs raise their fifth championship banner and receive their latest championship rings in a ceremony before their game with the Dallas Mavericks.

San Antonio Spurs 2014 Championship Ring

The rings look stunning and have the right mixture of class, style, and flash you’d expect. They’re not overly gaudy but they’re also flashy and have enough bling to be noticed.

Herff Jones and Masters of Design created and produced these championship rings. The rings contains more than three ounces of 14 carat white gold with 5.09 total carat weight of diamonds. The top of the ring has 76 round, 10 princess cut, and four baguette diamonds. Around the edge of the top are 42 additional round diamonds.

The left side of the ring contains the player’s name and jersey number along with the NBA logo and winning year 2014. The right side of the ring contains the Spurs “Pounding the Rock” symbol and contains an additional 22 round diamonds. There are five sparks shooting out from the rock which is symbolic – the number of diamonds coincide with the number of championships an individual player is associated with.

Masters of Design, which was acquired by Herff Jones in 2009, was chosen to create the 2014 NBA Championship ring for the San Antonio Spurs. Prior to the new championship ring, Masters of Design created the 1999, 2003, 2005, and 2007 NBA Championship rings for the team.

The inscription, “Good to Great” can be found inside the rings.

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Yogi Berra Museum to Receive Donated Replicas of Stolen Championship Rings and Awards

October 28, 2014

The Yogi Berra Museum at Montclair State University will be getting “exact replicas” of the stolen items that were taken from the museum earlier this month.

Yogi Berra World Series Rings

In a blog that was posted on the museum’s website, its Board of Trustees said the exact replicas were being donated by Major League Baseball, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, the New York Yankees and Mets.

MLB and the two teams “are also donating several new items to our existing collection, ensuring that the Museum will be an even better place for fans to visit in honor of Yogi’s legacy,” according to a message from chairman of the board Mark Markowitz.

“Our heartfelt thanks go out to Commissioner Selig and Major League Baseball, the Yankees and the Mets for their generosity, as well as to all of the fans and friends of the Museum for their concern and support during this difficult time,” the trustees wrote on their blog.

Markowitz said the donated items will include exact replicas of all 27 New York Yankees World Series rings; the three MVP plaques won by Berra; rings from the 1974 and 1982 All-Star Games; the 1969 Mets World Series ring and the Mets 1973 National League Championship ring.

“It’s been an extremely unfortunate situation and it was great to see everybody pulling together,” Markowitz said.

Montclair State police previously reported that the items taken during the Oct. 8th, 2014 robbery included multiple World Series rings and two MVP plaques.

The museum, which opened 16 years ago, highlights many items from the Hall of Fame catcher’s career and his personal life, as well as priceless baseball memorabilia. While Berra spent most of his career with the Yankees, he also won championships with and managed the Mets.

Essex County Sheriff, Armando Fontoura said there’s a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the museum break-in. The reward started at $5,000, but was increased through the support of anonymous donors.

As a side note, Berra has been awarded more championship world series ring than anyone else in baseball history.

Besides the 10 World Series rings won as a player with the Yankees, he won 4 American League championship rings (awarded when an American league team loses in the World Series) and 7 more rings after retiring as a player.

Here’s a breakdown of those 7 championship World Series Rings: As a coach and manager, he won 3 World Series champion rings with the Yankees and Mets and 4 League Championship rings. That brings him to 21 championship rings.

Wait, there’s more! As a Yankee legend and part of the Yankee family, he probably received 5 winning rings and possibly 2 American League rings from the Yankees since 1996. If he did receive these rings, that would bring his championship ring total to 28!

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More Super Bowl Ring Photobombs!

October 27, 2014

When I saw this tweet, I couldn’t resist to blog about it:

New England Patriots Super Bowl XXXIX ring

We’ve seen people post pictures with rings upside down, or out of focus, or hilarious poses, and of course the huge championship ring hats, but here’s a new one: This Super Bowl ring fan snapped the photograph and posted a view of half the ring!

The half championship ring shown is the New England Patriots Super Bowl XXXIX ring back from the 2004 season. It was the Patriots third championship ring in four seasons and the last one the team has won.

To add insult to injury, the Twitter poster took a second photo, this time wearing the championship ring, however, the ring is so small, it’s difficult to see and appreciate the beauty of the super bowl ring.

To learn more about this ring, possibly the largest super bowl ring ever made, please use the search tool on the right

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