Archive for January, 2015

Diamond Cutters International is one of four companies bidding to create the next Super Bowl ring

January 28, 2015

Could one of these Championship Ring designs wind up being the next Super Bowl ring?

Super Bowl XLIX Rings

Yes, one of these two Championship Ring designs shown above could be the next Super Bowl ring, if Houston based Diamond Cutters International   wins the selection process.

Fred Cuellar, CEO of Diamond Cutters International (or DCI for short) boasts: “My expertise in diamonds; I’m considered one of the best diamond experts in the world,” Cuellar said. “So to get to design these little miniature trophies for these incredible athletes is such an incredible honor.”

According to the site,, they wrote “Diamond Cutters International has designed four Super Bowl rings and has been involved in the process with more than a dozen rings.”.

According to my many years of research and personally owning every single Super Bowl ring with the exception of three that were all made by Jostens, I am sure that Diamond Cutters International designed and produced only one or two super bowl rings that were chosen to be made officially for the teams – The Denver Broncos Super Bowl XXXII ring and possibly, the Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl XXX ring.

Of all the championship rings I have ever seen, in my humble opinion (and many in the jewelry and championship ring market-place agree), the design and making of the shanks (the sides) of those two championship rings were way below the standards of Jostens and Balfour.

A company by the name of “Diamond Masters” supposedly made the Cowboys Super Bowl XXX ring, and I am not sure if these two companies with similar names are connected.

Why am I not sure who made the rings? It seems like a simple thing to find out but it’s not. With the exception of these two Super Bowl rings, every other ring manufacturer who has made a Super Bowl ring has proudly stamped their name inside the ring. Ironically, the Super Bowl XXX and XXXII rings are only stamped “14K”,   nothing else is stamped on the inside.

The Following year, after the Broncos repeated as World Champions, they awarded the Super Bowl ring contract to Jostens. Perhaps it’s possible they were not thrilled with the quality of the ring sides. In my opinion, the ring sides were substantially improved when Jostens made the Super Bowl XXXIII ring for the Broncos.

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The Championship Rings From Super Bowl VIII

January 27, 2015

Continuing my blog series on showcasing the two championship rings awarded from every single Super Bowl, here’s the next installment. A look at the two rings from Super Bowl VIII:

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Super Bowl VIII Rings, Championship rings from Super Bowl VIII

As I have mentioned before, please accept my apologies that the photo contains my website address. If I didn’t put this in the picture, other web sites would steal my pictures and eBay sellers who make cheap replicas that don’t look anywhere near as realistic as the legitimate championship rings, will use the photos to claim the pictures are of their replica championship rings!

Almost all the pictures that I show on this blog series are from my own personal championship ring collection. As you know, these rings are extremely rare and seldom (or perhaps never) photographed in pairs from specific Super Bowl games. So again, please excuse the on-going effort to keep the photos from being misused and misrepresented. When I use a picture found on the internet, I don’t put my website address on the picture.

The ring on the left is the Miami Dolphins second winning Super Bowl Ring from their 1973 season. Notice the championship ring also pays tribute to the 1972 undefeated season (17-0 when you count their playoff wins), with a second diamond and the “72″ on the top left of the ring.

Designed and manufactured by Jostens in 10K solid yellow gold, it contained two large diamonds and weighted in at 40 grams. One of the coolest things about the Dolphin championship rings from the 1970s is that the player’s signature facsimile can be found inside the ring.

Like so many other winning Super Bowl rings, the Miami Dolphins Super Bowl VIII ring is extremely rare and highly coveted by championship ring collectors. Very few of these rings have made it to the collecting community.

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. The Minnesota Vikings championship ring from this game was made by Jostens in 10K yellow solid gold. The ring is also around 40 grams.

Please excuse the broken horn on my Vikings mascot. Surprisingly, this is a common problem with these rings as other Viking rings have suffered the same fate.

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Will The Patriots Next Championship Ring Be Affected By Deflate-Gate?

January 26, 2015

Obviously the championship ring the Pats are awarded as AFC Champs, or World Champions won’t have needles leaking air from footballs as shown below:

New England Patriots 2014 Championship Ring

Many fans and Championship ring-enthusiasts feel it would be egregious for the NFL to allow (or look the other way) and have the Pats make a huge gorgeous championship ring celebrating this season’s accomplishments, after the team has once again tarnished themselves and the NFL.

The photo above, showed up on Twitter this week. It’s a photo manipulation of the Patriots Super Bowl XXXIX front office ring, (not the player’s version). The imitation marquise diamonds have been replaced with metallic footballs with pins attached to remind us and tease Patriot fans that air has been let out of footballs.

Come to think of it, perhaps someday soon we will actually will see this Super Bowl ring made – The cheap replica ring makers in China could easily reproduce this championship ring and sell it on eBay for under $100.00. Who knows, perhaps one day it could be a collectors item!

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Two Great Questions About Championship Rings From the Forum

January 24, 2015

If you’re not a member and participating on, you’re missing a golden chance to discuss championship ring topics with other enthusiasts.

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Michael, a sports memorabilia collector from Oklahoma, asked two great questions, here’s the first – “I know virtually nothing about rings which is the purpose of my post. I know a ‘recreated’ ring is the closest thing to the original but how does the value of a recreated ring compare to original?”

Michael, sometimes collectors don’t know when championship rings are recreated, or go through a minor or extensive repair, and this happens more times than you would think. Sometimes as a result of a repair, the ring might wind up looking different. The original ring recipients (not the new owner should the ring be sold) have a lifetime warranty and often send rings back to the manufacture for repair.

It can be a simple repair such as a resize, or something much more complicated, say a crack in the onyx stone that needs to repaired by taking apart the top of the ring, then replacing the stone, and finally assembling the ring again.

To answer your first question, championship rings are so scare and in demand with collectors, that a properly recreated ring will not be detectible with the exception of a very few knowledgeable collectors and will go for about as much money as an original ring. And an original championship ring in need of repair will go for less money.

If you wish to avoid buying a championship that has been repaired, the easiest remedy for this, is for collectors and bidders to do as much research as possible about the original championship ring (it does not have to be the same person’s ring being offered for sale). Furthermore in researching all you can about original rings and the ring in question, potential buyers should obtain blow up photos.

Often, a ring repaired or remade years later will have different stampings inside the ring. For instance a Jostens stamp inside a ring from the 1960s looks quite different than one from today.

If an auction house deals with a repeatable and honest consignor, they will specifically mention the ring was repaired or remade. This could result in a slightly lower price since that could turn-off a potential buyer or two. However, as I mentioned above, as long as the ring looks like it is supposed to look, a slightly lower price is often avoided.

John Sterling, the Yankee announcer who lost his Yankee championship rings this week in a fire, is lucky in the sense that the Balfour rings he lost will be remade perfectly since Balfour has all of the original molds from the 1990s through today. Should John Sterling ever decide to sell these replacement rings at auction, they would go for a lot of money, even though the general public would probably be informed the rings were remade.

Michael’s second question: “Would a recreated ring have any physical characteristics to distinguish it from original? “

Michael, Unfortunately, sleazy dealers, such as Irv Lerner, use the excuse (especially with fake salesman samples) that Jostens or Balfour “lost the mold while moving” as his standard response when asked why his supposedly “real” salesman samples look a little different than original championship rings.

In doing research and speaking with the Yankees and Balfour, I have learned that there is some truth in that statement, although many collectors have been burned by Irv Lerner with fake rings over the years.

When vintage championship rings from the 30′s, through the 70s need to be repaired or recreated, the original molds and parts are sometimes long gone. Both Balfour and Jostens have been sold throughout the years and their factories have moved many times and molds were lost along the way.

Other situations where rings would look different, is when the original ring company is long gone. I own an Oakland Raider Super Bowl II ring that has “Jostens” stamped inside the ring, yet a company by the name John Roberts made the ring. John Roberts was later bought by Jostens. That means that my ring was either repaired or remade by Jostens which has purchased the rights and obligation to repair and replace those rings.

Dieges & Clust made the earliest Yankee rings and they also manufactured the Brooklyn Dodger World Series rings from the 1950s. When those rings need to be repaired or recreated, those molds and stampings are no longer in existence, therefore it would be impossible to exactly recreate those championship rings.

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Yankees’ Radio Announcer John Sterling Loses Yankee World Series Rings in Fire

January 23, 2015

Sterling, the legendary voice to several generations of Yankees fans, lost almost everything he owned, but luckily he and everyone else in the apartment building were unharmed.

John Sterling and his World Series Rings

The New York Yankees’ radio voice for every inning of every game since 1989, (yes, you read that correctly), is grateful for the huge outpouring he’s received after the massive fire displaced nearly 1,000 residents of the complex in Edgewater NJ.

“I have to replace things, but I’m fine,” Sterling said. “I’m very lucky, very fortunate. I realize that.”

Sterling spent much of Thursday purchasing clothes and essentials and receiving phone calls.

Gone, along with almost everything Sterling owned, were his World Series rings and American League championship rings (the first six rings shown below from left to right). One World Series ring remained, the 2009 ring, which he was wearing (shown below on the far right).

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New York Yankee Championship rings

“I will say this; you can replace those, I guess,” Sterling said. “I’m not a possession-oriented person.”

Typically when something like this happens, the professional sports team will have the ring manufacturing company create replacement rings. In this instance, Balfour made every single ring shown above and the new ones will look identical to the lost championship rings.

Sterling has heard from “everyone” associated with the Yankees, from club president Randy Levine to traveling secretary Ben Tuliebitz to the security and media relations staff.

Clubhouse manager Lou Cucuzza Jr. is sending supplies to Sterling’s hotel room, his new temporary home.

“You never think of this – no one ever thinks it will ever happen to them,” Sterling said. “I didn’t have anything. I was wearing sneakers and jeans at the time.”

While this is extremely traumatic to the 1,000 people who lost their home, Sterling remained upbeat and thankful for the comforts he possesses — such as the handful of music CDs and tapes that were in his car trunk – and an abundance of friends wanting to help.

As Sterling mentioned, there are so many people thrust in similar situations who are far worse off.

Please remember, I buy World Series rings, if you are looking to sell a World Series ring, please get in touch with me.

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