July 31, 2015
The largest Super Bowl Ring Ever Produced For a Player Sold For a Ton of Money Last Evening:
The photo above really shows just how big a finger size William Perry has.
The championship ring, sold at auction last evening for an amazing $203,150. That amount includes the Buyers Premium.
The championship ring was awarded to William “Refrigerator” Perry, the super-sized lineman (who also became a successful running back) and played an important role in the Chicago Bears’ easy victory in Super Bowl XX.
What makes the ring so large is that the finger size is a mind-blowing size 25, which equates to nearly a five and half inch circumference. That’s about a 2 and a half times bigger than most championship rings.
While many William Perry championship rings have been made by Jostens as “Salesman samples”, in that unwearable size, there have been some grumblings in the championship ring collection community if this is the actual original ring that Perry was awarded?
Heritage, the auction company who sold the championship ring acknowledged the fact that many rings are out there with the “not for resale” engraving found inside the ring. Heritage issued this statement: “While it is widely known in the hobby that the ring was rather widely reproduced due to its crowd-pleasing absurdity,….we can confirm definitively that this is the one and only original presented to Perry for his part in ‘shuffling’ to Super Bowl XX victory.”
I am not implying that Heritage has done anything wrong, but I wonder if William Perry was completely honest about the origins of this ring. There is paperwork from Perry stating this is his original ring but how can he be 100% sure if he has not owned the original Super Bowl ring for some time?
I have personally owned and seen many of these size 23-25 Jostens William Perry salesman sample rings and other than the words “Not for resale” and imitation diamonds, the rings look exactly like the real championship ring.
A sad story from a few years ago: A boy purchased a William Perry ring and thinking it was Perry’s original super bowl ring, and gave it back to him. That made the national news and I understand that Perry took back the ring. Since a real Bears Super Bowl XX ring, with real diamonds would sell for $20,000 – $30,000 it was most likely a salesman sample that typically sells in the $2,000 – $4,000 range.
The ring appears to be in mint condition, and if you have been around championship rings as long as I have, that fact alone would raise some concerns.
The Super bowl ring was on display this week and will probably continue to be all weekend at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.
Please remember, I buy championship rings all the time, so let me know if you have any you would like to sell.