Archive for May, 2015

The Ultimate Super Bowl Ring Illustration

May 21, 2015


The NFL commissioned various art projects for the upcoming 50th Super Bowl celebration.   A link to the NFL’s coverage of their upcoming campaign is provided below.


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Super Bowl Rings


What a great looking poster – featuring every single winning Super Bowl ring from the first 49 games.

While the artist took the liberty of placing each championship ring in a random placement, they also angled each ring randomly too.

Keep in mind, that the rings are not shown to scale; particularly the latest Raven’s Super Bowl ring, shown below the “50″, right between the numbers, was shrunk down as to not dwarf the surrounding rings.

The Steelers Super Bowl XLIII ring, shown above the “5″, and the Packer Super Bowl XLV ring above it, were also made smaller.

The Patriots huge Super Bowl XXXIX ring, shown in the lower left, does seem to retain it’s characteristic huge size better than the championship rings mentioned above.

Here’s the link to check out this piece of art, and others, and to learn more about the Super Bowl 50 campaign: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000481143/article/nfl-to-celebrate-sb-50-with-on-the-fifty-campaign

Please remember, I purchase Super Bowl rings. If you are looking to sell a championship ring, please let me know.


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NFL Referees Are Also Awarded Super Bowl Rings

May 20, 2015


NFL players and staff aren’t the only ones who wear Super Bowl rings with pride – so do the officials who work the games.

Super Bowl Rings


While they aren’t as large as the players’ rings and they don’t have as much bling either, they are still priceless and meaningful.   These championship rings mean the so much to the officials who work the big game. And like players and staff from the winning team, they wear them with tremendous pride.


Super Bowl Rings


I have heard that NFL referees get stopped by people all the time who see their gorgeous rings and ask if it’s a Super Bowl ring. A lot of pride comes with the ring, since only the very best officials are given the chance to work the big game.

The success of their game is measured differently than the players. When the big game is over, if no one talks about the officiating then their performance was fine.

A few of these referee Super Bowl rings have sold at auction; sadly, getting only a fraction of what a player’s Super Bowl ring would sell for.

I buy championship rings all the time, so if you are interested in selling your championship ring, let me know.


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Football fan’s Super Bowl ring design needles Patriots over Deflategate

May 19, 2015


Do you feel the New England Patriots deserve this for a Super Bowl ring?

New England Patriots Super Bowl XLIX Ring


A Kickstarter campaign wants to make this “Super Bowl ring”, a symbol of Deflategate and a statement of how the Patriots tarnished their championship.


Anyone who reads this blog knows that a Super Bowl ring is the most coveted of football’s rewards. Football players, fans, and championship ring enthusiasts know how special these rings are.

Well an Indianapolis Colts fan wants to give the New England Patriots the ring he feels they deserve. His ring, made using 3-D printer technology, holds a real ball-inflation needle, the kind the NFL now believes was used in the infamous Deflategate game.

Angry Colts fan Jacob Ayers, created the prototype shown above, to raise $750 on Kickstarter to manufacture these “championship rings.” So far, there are no backers for the campaign that ends May 31, but for a pledge of $50, Ayers will send rings to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the entire Patriots team.

Hopefully, fans of other teams, affected by this mess will also be able to buy these “Super Bowl” rings.

Should the campaign fail to raise the appropriate funds to make this ring happen, at least the images have been picked up and used on social media.

Please remember, I buy championship rings (just not this one), so if you are looking to sell your championship ring, please let me know,


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The Championship Rings From Super Bowl XXI

May 18, 2015


Continuing my blogs about the specific pairs of championship rings from every single Super Bowl, here’s the next special pair: an in-depth examination of the two championship rings from Super Bowl XXI.

Super Bowl XXI Championship rings


First, I need to apologize that the championship ring picture contains my web-site address. If I didn’t add it to the picture, other web sites would “steal” my photos, especially those eBay sellers who pop up and make the cheap replicas in China. Championship ring collectors often ask why in the world does Jostens, Balfour, and Tiffany allow this? No one seems to know why.

The fakes and replicas don’t look anywhere near as good as authentic championship rings. These “sellers” showcase pictures of authentic championship rings and then have the nerve to claim that the pictures are of their actual replica championship rings!

Almost every picture in my superbowl ring series is photographed from my very own personal championship ring collection. As readers of this blog know, these rings are pretty darn rare and just a fraction of championship rings ever wind up in the hobby. That means they are seldom (or often never) photographed in pairs from the specific historic Super Bowl games that I’m blogging about.

So, please forgive my desire to keep these photos from being misused. When I do post images that are found on the internet, I promise, I won’t place my web-site address in the image.

The ring on the left is the New York Giants Super Bowl Ring from their 1986 season. Unlike the two Super Bowl rings preceding this example, the Giants ring contains less bling but more elegance.   This is the first Super Bowl ring where the Lombardi trophy has such a prominent role in the championship ring and it’s a perfect theme for the Giant’s first Lombardi trophy.

A large football shaped, marquise diamond is featured in the Lombardi trophy and 9 smaller diamonds complete the trophy.

The Giants Super Bowl XXI ring shown above, was designed and manufactured by Jostens in 10K solid yellow gold. The ring weighs in at approximately 45 grams.

Like so many other winning Super Bowl rings, the Giants Super Bowl XXI ring is extremely rare and in high demand by loyal Giant fans and highly coveted by championship ring collectors. I only know of two player rings that have sold publicly and both were sold around 10 and 13 years respectively. Both rings sold slightly above 18,500. Since the time of the transactions, championship ring prices have climbed and you can expect the next Super Bowl XXI ring at auction to sell for considerably more.

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 1986 AFC championship ring shown above weighed in at 44 grams. It contains 13 diamonds and the “A” stands for “AFC” champions. While there is no NFC championship ring with an “N”, the Buffalo Bills went on to make another AFC championship ring with an “A” featured in diamonds.

The player ring shown above was sold to me privately. I know of only one player ring that sold at auction – in 2014. That ring sold for $4,780.00.

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

With Jostens making both of these championship rings, and both teams choosing a blue onyx stone, it appears that the stone color is identical in the two rings. This is the first example where both championship rings from the same season match. I love this photo since I was able to match the blue type and the rings look identical in gold and blue coloring. Four seasons later, the Giants went with a slightly lighter blue stone and the Bills (also a team that has blue in their official colors, opted to go with a red stone).

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Burglar busted while wearing stolen AHL championship ring

May 16, 2015


Danilo Claudio, age 43, was arrested in January for breaking into multiple Buffalo-area cars and stealing various items inside. When the police caught him, he attempted to convince police that he as a minor league goaltender.

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When Claudio was busted, police couldn’t help but notice the large championship ring on his hand. The ring was a 2013 Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids Griffins ring.

stolen championship ring

Although Claudio tried to claim he was a goaltender on that Griffins team, the police doubted the story. They discovered that the championship ring belonged to Thomas McCollum, (see picture above) who backed up Petr Mrazek on that championship squad. The Detroit Red Wings 2008 first-round pick had reported earlier that day that the championship ring was missing.

I’m amazed how many championship rings are stolen from automobiles. As someone who is constantly being offered ring, and researching these matters, I have discovered that championship rings are stolen from cars quite a few times a year.

Claudio has a long history of stealing. When he was arrested from this incident, he was on parole from three stolen property convictions in 2008.

Claudio eventually pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property for having the 10-karat white gold championship ring. The ring will be returned to McCollum.

Claudio was sentenced to two to four years in prison on the felony charge.

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