Archive for February, 2015

A Neat College Basketball Championship Ring With A Special Meaning

February 28, 2015

Ridenlow71, a frequent contributor on the – championship ring forum, posted this picture of the Kansas basketball big 12 championship ring:

Kansas Jayhawks championship ring

When you think back to some of the really great championship rings of all time, some of them are great because they pay tribute to amazing accomplishments. The Yankees 1953 World Series ring comes to mind, where the Yankees broke their two decade tradition of making the same championship ring over and over again. Realizing they were the only team to win five consecutive World Series, they placed a “5″ on top of their 1953 World Series ring and embedded a diamond inside the number.

From a collecting stand point, the 1953 Yankee ring is more valuable than the more common Yankee championship rings from that time period.

Ridenlow pointed out in the forum that “the 10 on top stands for 10 straight conference championships”.

Congratulations to the Kansas Jayhawks, and their 10 year consecutive ride of big 12 championships. And they did a great job not making a typical championship ring – but instead designing a championship ring that celebrates an amazing and special accomplishment.

And special thanks to Ridenlow for his frequent contributions on the ring forum mentioned above!

Remember, I buy championship rings, so if you want to sell your championship ring, please let me know!

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LeBron James Jr. Gets to Wear John Calipari’s Championship Rings

February 26, 2015

Recently this tweet showed up on the internet:

NCAA Championship rings

Yesterday, ESPN broke a story on how LeBron James Sr. does not like colleges’ attempts to recruit his 10-year old son, LeBron James Jr.

The son is already showing flashes of greatness on the basketball court.

“He plays just like I did,” James Sr. told CBS Detroit. “He has great awareness, and he’d rather pass first and set guys up. Most kids nowadays just want to score.”

Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari watched LeBron James Jr. play last summer during the AAU 4th Grade National Championship in Lexington. Additionally, Ohio State’s Thad Matta, confessed that LeBron James Jr. was on his radar during a news conference. Other Division I coaches will soon begin to track the youngster if they are not already monitoring his progress.

Someday, perhaps LeBron James Jr. will have a bunch of championship rings – just as his father does!

Please remember I buy championship rings, so if you are looking to sell, please let me know.

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The Championship Rings From Super Bowl XI

February 24, 2015

Continuing the blogs on the two championship rings awarded from every Super Bowl, here’s the next pair; an inside look at the two championship rings from Super Bowl XI:

Super Bowl XI Championship Rings

As I’ve written tons of times, please accept my apologies that the above photo contains my website address. If I didn’t include this in the picture, other web sites would steal my pictures and eBay sellers who make those incredibly cheap replicas in China that don’t look as realistic as true authentic championship rings, will use my photos to claim the pictures are of their replica championship rings!

Almost every picture I use on this blog series of the two championship rings are from my personal championship ring collection (in this specific blog, I am using only one ring from my collection). As you know, these rings are extremely rare in the hobby place and are very seldom (or perhaps never) photographed in pairs from specific Super Bowls. So please excuse my effort to keep these photos from being misused and misrepresented. When I do use a picture found on the internet, I promise, I won’t place my website over the picture.

The ring on the left is the Oakland Raiders first winning Super Bowl Ring from their 1976 season. No team has made the effort the Raiders have to keep their championship ring theme the same over the decades since the Super Bowl started. I’ve detailed in past blogs how the Raiders championship rings remain the same style – you can search using the tools on the right for stories and examples of Raider championship rings.

Designed and manufactured by Lenox (who eventually was sold to Jostens) in 14K solid white gold, the ring contains one large diamond and 24 smaller diamonds. The ring weighs approximately 46 grams.

Like so many other winning Super Bowl rings, the Oakland Raiders Super Bowl XI ring is extremely rare and in high demand by Raider fans and highly coveted by championship ring collectors. Very few of these rings have made it to the collecting community and the few that have, have sold for a lot of money.

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. I only know of one Minnesota Vikings 1976 championship ring that has hit the market place and unfortunately, the manufacturer and the weight of the ring was not provided. Boy, talk about a rare ring!

Please know that I buy super bowl rings and buy championship rings too, so do let me know if you have a championship ring you would like to sell.

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Boy Was I Wrong About the 2009 Yankees World Series Ring

February 22, 2015

While thrilled the Yankees won the 2009 World Series, as an obsessed championship ring collector, I worried, how was I going to acquire a 2009 ring?

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Picture of 2009 Yankees World Series Ring

You’d never know I was a Yankee fan, or a baseball fan, or a hockey fan, judging by all the blogs I write about football championship rings.

Yes, I am a Yankee fan, and in fact, I collect World Series Rings too, specifically, ones from New York Baseball. That would include World Series rings and American and National league championship rings from the Yankees, Mets, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants baseball teams.

When the Yankees ended their 9 year doubt, and won the 2009 World Series, as a championship ring collector I was very worried. Back in 2000, the last time the Yankees awarded World Series rings, George Steinbrenner was very angry that employees put their championship rings up for sale. As a result he scaled back tremendously on who was given a World Series ring.

The 2000 Yankee World Series rings are very rare. They were only given to players, coaches, a few scouts and a few high level executives. If you research what a 2000 Yankee World Series ring sells for versus a 1996 or 1998 version you will see a huge difference in price.

Luckily I was wrong – The Steinbrenner family (specifically George’s two sons and daughter) were more hands on running the organization and deiced to give the same ring to many employees. In fact, since the player’s rings did not contain their jersey number, the rings are 100% identical to the rings that employees received. That means that each ring contains the same amount of real diamonds, the same engravings, and the same size and weight. The only difference is the players received a special wood and glass presentation box.

I have researched the 30 or so 2009 World Series rings that have hit the market place. They were from sales executives, scouts, front office people, security staff and ball park operations personnel. Executives of the minor league teams and various levels of people within the organization were awarded these rings. Players were also given the option to buy additional rings to give to family and friends.

Want a 2009 Yankee world series ring? It seems there is always one for sale or coming up in auction.

Please remember I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring, please let me know.

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Are Championship Rings a Sound Investment?

February 21, 2015

A reader of this blog asked if a championship ring in an upcoming auction was a good investment.   Here’s my thoughts on championship rings as investments:

championship rings

First off I’m not an economist. Like many, I am a frustrated investor. I have lost money in real estate, and the stock market, and even with Championship rings. Some of my savings is in the bank earning less than one percent interest. Like many, I have a retirement account which is designed to make my financial planner more money than it makes me.

This country is 18 trillion dollars in debt and many feel the stock market is due for a major correction soon.   Should China stop lending us money and/or the stock market dives, what will happen to the value of championship rings?   So, do I know more than those who make a living dealing with investments and money matters?   Not a chance.   They can’t see the future and neither can I.

If I was sure championship rings would climb in value over the next ten years, I wouldn’t need to be a professional economist or money manager to know that you should buy every and any ring you can get your hands on. The more rings you buy the more money you will make.

Unfortunately, championship rings are not guaranteed to climb in value. Just like the stock market, or real estate, who knows what will happen. The only guarantee is that the auction houses make money on championship rings – since they take 15-20 percent from the buyer and a percentage from the seller too.

I would not recommend starting an auction house either – the printing and mailing of those catalogs cost a fortune and their overhead to run their business is quite high too.

The one recommendation I would make is only buy championship rings because you love championship rings. If you buy them for investment purposes you could and will probably loose money. You have read enough stories on this blog about fake championship rings and the crooks who peddle them.

If you do buy championship rings, do a lot of research, ask a lot of questions, and get the ring appraised – not by a jeweler but by a sports memorabilia expert who has experience with championship rings.   Last, get the ring insured!

Oh, and the person who asked me about a particular championship ring coming up in an auction, should have asked what the ring was currently worth, not what it will be worth in 10 years. The best answer I have heard someone give when asked this question about high-end championship rings is that championship rings are worth “what the highest bidder agrees to pay”.   I have no idea if the ring in question will sell at auction for $15,000 or $250,000.

See, I told you I do this for the love, I am not a professional appraiser or expert on sports memorabilia trends.   Although I have become quite good at spotting fake rings and tracking what rings have sold for in the past.

Please let me know if you want to sell a championship ring.   I buy championship rings all the time!

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