December 16, 2014

I’m starting a new blog series on the pair of rings issued from every Super Bowl. Let’s kick off with Super Bowl I:

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Championship Rings awarded by teams of the National Football League and American Football League started way before Super Bowl I, but let’s start here and take each Super Bowl and their respective championship rings in sequential order.

I’m not sure when I will finish this series; since news stories about championship rings emerge frequently, or great pictures show up on Twitter. And who knows what else will temporarily interrupt this theme, probably several times a week, but I promise, we will get to all 48 Super Bowl Championship rings in due time.

I want to apologize that I need to display on the photographs the name of my website, but if I don’t, other web sites will steal my photos or worse, ebay sellers making cheap replicas that don’t look as realistic as the real rings will use the photos and claim these are their championship rings.

Almost all of the photographs will be from my private championship ring collection and many of these rings are extremely rare and seldom (or perhaps never) photographed in pairs from a particular Super Bowl game. So please excuse my effort to keep the photos from being misused.

The ring on the left is the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl I ring. Made by Jostens, it contained one large center diamond (although Vince Lombardi and the team felt this was not their first championship). The Packers went along with the new title game when designing the ring and put a single diamond representing the first World Championship title between the two merging leagues (the name Super Bowl would be born a few years later).

The Super Bowl I ring is rare and highly coveted by championship ring collectors. Very few of these rings have been sold to the public.

The ring shown on the right is the Kansas City Chiefs 1966 AFL Championship ring. In a tradition that continues today, the team that loses the Super Bowl is still recognized as a champion of their respective conference.

Back before the official merger in the late 1960s, the losing ring would say either “AFL” or “NFL” champions, while the winning super bowl team’s ring would say “World Champions”. Starting with Super Bowl V and continuing to this day, the team that loses the Super Bowl earns an “AFC” or “NFC” champions ring.

The Kansas City Chiefs ring was also made by Jostens. This championship ring is extremely rare too, and very few have ever been sold. Because they are not as sought-after as the Packers ring, they would sell for a fraction of the price of a Packers Super Bowl I ring.

Please remember, I buy super bowl rings and I buy championship rings. Please contact me if you have a championship ring you would like to sell.

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