Archive for December, 2014

Vin Scully lost his World Series ring at Costco

December 19, 2014

No worries, he later found it in a bag of ribs.

World Series Ring

Scully, the legendary baseball announcer for the Dodgers since their Brooklyn days, lost (actually misplaced) his World Series championship ring, Thursday while out holiday shopping.

The Dodgers, sent out an tweet via Twitter that Scully’s ring was missing. Exactly nine minutes later, the Dodgers updated their tweet, calling the search off, saying Scully’s ring had been found.

It turns out that he lost the championship ring at Costco while grabbing ribs, putting them in plastic bags and loading them into his cart.

The L.A. Times’ Bill Plaschke talked to Scully and got the story, and, in the process, proved that Scully, 87, can even make a simple trip to Costco sound magical:

“There’s so much stuff there, stuff everywhere, the first couple of times I was a little intimidated,” he said. “But it’s become my home away from home.”

The actual story goes like this: The Scullys were prepping for the holidays, loading up on food and other items sold at Costco. They paid for their items then returned to their car. That’s when Scully noticed his ring was gone.

It’s the ring from 1988, (made by Balfour) and the only one of Scully’s six that he still has. One of the six was a 1955 Brooklyn Dodger World Series ring (he was broadcasting games even back then). He’s given his other World Series rings he owns to his children.

Next, Scully alerted the Costco manager and he also called the Dodgers, who in turn put out the tweet.

Then Vin and his wife, Sandi, drove home while Vin remind himself that it was only jewelry and paled in comparison to the large and loving family that awaited his 88th holiday celebration.

Sure enough, while Vin was unloading the assortment of items, he heard a cry from inside the home. While emptying the ribs, Sandi found the Dodger championship ring at the bottom of the bag!

“I’m still laughing about it,” said Vin.

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The Continuing Evolution of Super Bowl Rings

December 18, 2014

I’ve written about the on-going size and bling increases in championship rings for a while. This Bloomberg illustration clearly shows what’s going on:

Super Bowl Rings

Championship rings continue to grow and break records in size, weight, and diamond content.

The three Jostens Super Bowl rings shown above clearly illustrates the bling trend but fails to show the growing size trend.

Bloomberg could have made their illustration much clearer had they shown the rings in their proper sizes. In real life, the Giant ring in the middle is larger than the Packers championship ring and the Ravens super bowl ring shown on the right is twice as large as the Giants ring.

The ring on the left, from the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl I victory, weighed 40 grams of 14K solid gold and contained a one carrot diamond.

The middle ring, made, twenty one years later, grew to 45 grams. While more than half the super bowl rings produced are made of 14K gold, the Giants ring was made of 10K solid gold. Because 10K is around 10% lighter than 14K gold, the Giants ring is approximately 20% larger than the Packers ring. There’s a single large marquise (football shaped) diamond that is larger than the Super Bowl I diamond, and 8 smaller diamonds make up the bottom of the Lombardi trophy.

The Ravens ring on the right, is a humungous ring. The Ravens Super Bowl ring has a mind boggling 245 diamonds and includes two large marquise diamonds above their logo. The championship ring is around 90 grams and made of 10K solid white gold.

Will this trend continue?

It might not; a 300 pound former lineman told me that his super bowl ring from the Patriots last super bowl victory is too large for him to wear comfortably. While he loves the bling of that ring, he prefers to wear an earlier Patriots championship ring which is smaller and more comfortable.

While we see many former players and coaches on TV during NFL telecasts and pre and post games, I have noticed an interesting trend: The championship rings we see most on TV are from before the last decade.

The recently retired players are not wearing the recent and largest championship rings. I believe the main reason for this is that the rings, while looking stunning, have become extremely uncomfortable to wear.

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Now That’s An Official Super Bowl Ring!

December 17, 2014

A recent tweet shows a rare Super Bowl ring belonging to an official who worked the game:

Super Bowl Ring

Like the players who covert a chance to play in the Super Bowl and work very hard to get there, NFL referees share similar ambitions.

Becoming an NFL official is not an easy journey. It starts with pee-wee officiating, and then ascending through the high school and college ranks. Only the very best can become an NFL referee. Once they get to that level, then the scrutinizing really begins.

Just as NFL coaches and players watch endless amounts of game film, so does the NFL Officiating ensemble at NFL headquarters. Every ref is graded each and every week on their performance. The best ones are asked back the following year, while the lesser officials don’t make the cut to return the following season.

The highest ranking crews and officials are rewarded with playoff games and only the best of the best are chosen to work the Super Bowl game.

So just as players are very proud and show off their championship rings, NFL football referees are no different. They work very hard and get paid so little. Perhaps worse, they get so little accolades.

I have seen Official Super Bowl rings before but not recently. It seems the trend, just like player’s Super Bowl rings, is that the Official’s rings have grown larger and contain more diamonds.

Although it’s a very nice ring and extremely rare (there are a lot more players then officials) when they do turn up for sale, these Super Bowl rings don’t sell for very much.

Upon further review, maybe they should.

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The Championship Rings From Super Bowl I

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.

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A New Internet Message Board For Championship Rings Enthusiasts

December 14, 2014

Want to talk about championship rings with other collectors and enthusiasts? Here’s how…

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For about a year and a half I have been an active participant on the internet forum site is a web site and a message board where people interested in the world of sports logos gather and participate in discussions. Also covered on the site is the history and design of logos. You can also download just about any logo associated with any team since their inaugural season.

It’s a great site, and the people have been wonderful there, however, when it comes to the world of Championship rings, the people in charge at the web site would like the discussion about championship rings to focus only on the design aspect.

I want to respect their wishes and will continue to contribute there when I can add to the discussions about the design of championship rings.

However, in my opinion there is so much more to discuss about the topic of Championship rings, than just the design.

Subjects such as ring collecting, upcoming auctions, replica rings, uncovering little known facts about rings and anything else you and I want to discuss should be allowed and encouraged on the internet.

I reached out to Leon Luckey, the owner and driving force behind Leon’s site is the most active message-board forum for sports memorabilia on the internet. While that may seem like an ambitious claim, just visit his site and see how many posts and members they have.

I was honored and thrilled that Leon was willing to put a section on his amazing site so that we can discuss any subject matter relating to the world of championship rings. And, of course, you can participate in any and all of the forums found on Leon’s site.

If you are a sports memorabilia collector, I can’t emphasize enough how amazing is and I’m requesting that you check out the new championship ring section and the other sections of Although the name does imply the site is for baseball, there are many discussions and many threads on other sports collectables as well.

Leon, thank you for this opportunity.

Please be sure to click on the link below to sign up at

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