May 26, 2015


Continuing the blog columns about specific pairs of championship rings from every one of the Super Bowls, here’s the next historic pair: an in-depth view of the two championship rings from Super Bowl XXII.

Super Bowl XXII Rings


I need to apologize that the championship ring picture contains my web-site address. It’s not done for self promotion. If I didn’t include the graphic, other web sites would “lift” my images, especially the sellers on ebay, who appear out of nowhere and offer the cheap replicas originating in China. Collectors often wonder why the real ring companies such as Jostens, Balfour, and Tiffany allow this? No one seems to know why these offerings continue.

The fakes and replicas don’t look as good as authentic championship rings, and the quality varies from vendor to vendor. These “sellers” display photos of real championship rings and then have the balls to claim that the pictures are of their own replica championship rings!

Almost every image in my superbowl ring series is photographed from my personal championship ring collection. As readers of this website have learned, these rings are extremely rare and just a small portion of championship rings turn up in the hobby. That means they are seldom (or often never) photographed in pairs from the specific Super Bowl games that I’m blogging about.

When I do post pictures that are found on the internet, or from auction houses, I won’t place my web-site address in the image.

The ring on the left is the Washington Redskins Super Bowl Ring from their 1987 season.   This is the first Super Bowl ring Tiffany and Company designed and produced for an NFL championship team.

This championship ring is one of my least favorite Super Bowl rings ever produced. Small diamonds make up the two Lombardi trophies and the result is very sloppy. The two Lombardi trophies represent the Redskins two Super Bowl titles.

Adding to the yuck factor, the red stones on the top of the ring are surrounded by large gold prongs that are too large. The visual combination of red and yellow giant prongs creates too much mish mosh and ruins the elegance and beauty of the championship ring.

The shanks (sides of the rings) are unusual in their design. I like the style and think they are great, but perhaps other championship ring enthusiasts and collectors have a different opinion about the shanks.

The ring was made in 10K solid yellow gold and weighs 50 grams. The only player ring that I know of, that sold at auction, was in 2009 for $27,454.93.

Tiffany made very few Super Bowl rings in the 80s and 90s, but started to become much more involved in making Championship rings in the last 15 years. The quality of their designs have improved dramatically since the debut of this ring.

In a tradition that continues to this day, the team that loses the Super Bowl is recognized as a champion of their respective conference. The Denver Broncos 1987 AFC championship ring, shown above, weighed in at 40 grams. It contains 16 diamonds.

The Broncos AFC championship rings were designed by Jostens in 10K yellow gold.

A few player rings have sold at auction, generally in the $5,000 – $7,000 price range.

I buy super bowl rings (winning and losing) and buy championship rings as well. So reach out and let me know if you have a championship ring you want to sell.


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