June 29, 2015

The last couple of years have seen a lot of 1983 Raider Super Bowl rings sell in the hobby.   Is this new championship ring a good investment?

Raiders Super Bowl XVIII ring

Most championship ring collectors I know love to buy rings, but are almost always mindful of the high purchase prices and how the future market will affect pricing if they decide to sell the ring down the road.

For some inexplicable reason, many more Los Angeles Super Bowl XVIII rings have come to market and sold recently than the Raider’s two previous Super Bowl rings from 1976 and 1980.   I have no explanation for this, but keep in mind that the Raiders awarded about the same number of championship rings during their three title seasons, so you would think there would be much more balance between the versions that come to the market.

As you would expect, looking at the prices realized at auction over the last two years, prices have been going down for the 1983 Super Bowl ring. The reason is quite simple: Supply and Demand.

As more collectors, looking to purchase this ring acquire it, less championship ring collectors are willing to pay “any price” to acquire the Super Bowl XVIII ring.

A player Super Bowl XVIII ring sold at auction in February for a very reasonable price of $26,620.00. Then another player ring sold at auction for $21,330.00. That ring, had a controversy – there were no markings inside in the ring, however, the player clarified that the ring was authentic and given to him by the Raiders.

The latest ring coming up in SCP auctions is a “Doctor’s ring”, not a player ring, so look for the final price to be lower; maybe significantly lower, as collectors would much rather have a player’s ring.

This is not a dig or insult to SCP auctions, the lower price would happen to any auction house, as about 6 or 7 of these Super Bowl XVIII rings have sold in the last year or two.

If you are looking to purchase a super bowl ring, this could be a very good deal.

Please let me know if you want to sell your championship ring to me, I pay top dollar.

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