December 30, 2014

Continuing my blog series on the pairs of rings issued from every Super Bowl, let’s take a look at the championship rings from Super Bowl IV:

Super Bowl IV Championship rings

Please accept my apology that the picture contains my website address. If I don’t place this on the photograph, other web sites will steal my pictures or worse, ebay sellers making cheap replicas that don’t look as anywhere near as realistic as the real rings will use the photos and claim these pictures are of their championship rings.

Almost all of the photographs from this blog series are from my own personal championship ring collection. Many of these rings are extremely rare and seldom (or perhaps never) photographed in pairs from a specific Super Bowl game. So please understand and excuse my on-going efforts to keep the photos from being misused. When I use a common picture found on the internet, I don’t put my website address on the photo.

The ring on the left is the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl IV ring. Designed and manufactured by Jostens, it contained one large diamond and 10 smaller diamonds. A large center diamond and smaller diamonds forming a football became a popular ring design for football championship rings. I believe this is the first implemented this design.

Unlike the Jets ring from the season earlier, the side of the Chiefs ring lacks the phrase “Super Bowl”. The side contains the score “Chiefs 23-7 Vikings”. The Jets ring was the first Super Bowl ring to actually say “Super Bowl” as that name was not born at the time of the first game between the Packers and Chiefs. I don’t know why the Chiefs decided not to use the word “Super Bowl” but it’s a hint that the name had not totally caught on in January of 1970 when this game was played.

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

In a tradition that continues to this day, the team that loses the Super Bowl is still recognized as a champion of their respective conference. Before the official merger was completed, the losing ring would contain either “AFL” or “NFL” champions, while the winning Super Bowl team’s ring would have the words “World Champions”. Starting with Super Bowl V and continuing to modern times, the team that loses the Super Bowl earns an “AFC” or “NFC” champions ring.

The Vikings ring shown on the right is the last Championship ring awarded to a losing team that actually contains the words “NFL Champions”.

The Vikings were heavily favored going into Super Bowl IV, and like the Colts the season before, were startled by their loss. Unlike the Colts, the team decided to receive a championship ring and not a watch.

The Vikings ring contains one center diamond. The ring was made in 14K solid yellow gold by Balfour. Not too many have sold publicly, however there seems to be an equal number made in 10K and 14K solid gold. I’m not sure why, but that’s one of many mysteries in the world of Championship ring collecting.

By now you probably have herd that I buy super bowl rings and I buy championship rings. Please let me know if you have a championship ring you would like to sell.

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