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William Perry Super Bowl XX Ring Sells For $203,150.00

July 31, 2015


The largest Super Bowl Ring Ever Produced For a Player Sold For a Ton of Money Last Evening:

William Perry Chicago Bears Super Bowl Ring


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.


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Stolen Championship Ring is Returned to Owner

July 30, 2015


Roy Denson of Cape Coral Florida, found Ashley Adams’ stolen Fort Myers Miracle championship ring and did the right thing and returned it:

2014 Florida State League Miracle Championship Ring


The shiny championship ring, resting on the green grass, caught the eye of Roy Denson outside his home earlier this week.

“As soon as I saw it, I thought it was my son’s,” said Denson, whose son played high school football.

But then, Denson took a closer look….

A red letter “M,” one of the logos used by the Fort Myers Miracle baseball team, was on the top of the championship ring, which was designed and awarded to for the team’s 2014 Florida State League championship season.

Not knowing anyone to contact at the team, Denson reached out to The News-Press and said the name “Adams” was engraved on the ring’s side shank.

The Miracle had no player with the last name Adams last season, but the team realized they had an employee named Ashley Adams. She is the team’s community relations and merchandise manager.

Adams didn’t realize the championship ring was missing until she was contacted by The News-Press.

“It was an uncomfortable feeling when I found out it was gone,” said Adams, who last recalled seeing the ring four days earlier.   She believes it was stolen from her car.

“I’m just happy to get it back to the rightful owner,” said Denson, who declined a reward from Adams.

“It’s nice to know that there are still good people out there,” Adams said. “It’s amazing that people are doing something just because it’s the right thing to do.”

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William ‘The Fridge’ Perry’s Super Bowl XX Ring Up For Auction

July 29, 2015


While the Patriots now have taken the title for the biggest Super Bowl ring ever made, the largest individual ring ever produced still goes to William Perry:

William Perry Super Bowl ring


A Super Bowl ring supposedly owned by William Perry will be selling very soon.

The championship ring was awarded to William “Refrigerator” Perry, the super-sized defensive lineman (who also became a successful running back) and played a pivotal 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 larger size than most rings commonly made.

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?

Anyone can easily replace a salesman sample ring with real diamonds and have the wording “Not for resale” removed from inside the championship ring.

Heritage is the auction company selling the championship ring and they have 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 is being 100% 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 many years?

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 emerged a few years back: A young 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 exceptional 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 will be on display starting Wednesday morning at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.

Live bidding will begin at 5:00 p.m. The championship ring in a pre-bid internet auction has already reached $31,070.00 and will sell for that amount if no other bids are made during the live event.

Please remember, I buy championship rings, so let me know if you have any you would like to sell.


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Two New Championship Rings for the Florida State Seminoles

July 28, 2015


The FSU Seminoles received two beautiful championship rings this week.   Here they are:

2014 Florida State University Seminoles Championship Rings


While the championship rings are really neat, FSU can’t be thrilled with the way the 2014 season turned out.

Florida State entered the 2014 season as the defending National Champions.

Things were looking good for the Seminoles, who ended their regular season as the only team from a power conference without a loss.   Unfortunately for them, they did not go undefeated, and finished the season with a 13–1 record.

The Seminoles won the ACC Atlantic Division for the sixth time, and the championship ring on the right celebrates this accomplishment.

The team advanced to their fifth conference championship game, where they defeated Georgia Tech to win their fifteenth football conference title.   Florida State was selected to play in the inaugural College Football Playoff series but lost to Oregon in the semifinal, played at the Rose Bowl.

With a birth in the new College Football playoff series, the team earned the championship ring shown on the left.

Both championship rings are made of non gold metal and imitation diamonds (thanks to the silly NCAA rules regarding the value of championship rings for amateur athletes).

That loss snapped the Seminoles’ impressive 29 game winning streak and ended their hopes of a second consecutive National Championship.

As well all know, starting quarterback and 2013 Heisman Trophy award winner, Jameis Winston was the first pick, going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL 2014 Draft.

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The Championship Rings From Super Bowl XXVI

July 27, 2015


Continuing the run of blogs on pairs of championship rings from every Super Bowl match, here’s the latest story: an in-depth look at the gorgeous championship rings from Super Bowl XXVI.

Super Bowl XXVI Championship Rings


My apology that the amazing championship rings shown, are embedded with my web-site address.   It’s not done for self promotion….

If I didn’t add the url, other web sites would “lift” my images, especially the sellers on ebay, who appear over-night and offer cheap championship rings made in good-old China.   Championship ring collectors often ponder why ring companies such as Jostens, Balfour, and Tiffany allow this crime?   No one seems to have an answer as to why these offerings continue, and it’s a shame (or opportunity for championship ring collectors depending upon how you see it).

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

Almost every image in my superbowl ring blog stories are photographed from my own prized championship ring collection.   As readers and collectors understand, these rings are extremely rare and a very small portion of championship rings are available for sale in the hobby-place.   That means specific Super Bowl rings are seldom (and often never) photographed in pairs from one Super Bowl game.

When I do post pictures that are already on the internet, I don’t place my web-site in the image foreground.

The ring on the left is the Washington Redskins Super Bowl Ring from their 1991 season.   This ring was designed and manufactured by Tiffany in solid 10K yellow gold.   Many Super Bowl ring collectors are not enamored with the design of the Washington Redskins rings and in my opinion, this is a nice improvement over their last Super Bowl ring (also made by Tiffany), from 1987.

While the Redskins Super Bowl XXVI ring does not contain any huge diamonds, the ring is loaded with diamonds throughout the top.

The championship ring weighs 50 grams.   Auction results for this Super Bowl ring are sparse – although a few have sold privately, the only auction result I know of his a player’s Super Bowl XXVI ring having sold in 2013 by SCP. That championship ring sold for $30,343.00.

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 Buffalo Bills 1991 AFC championship ring, shown above, is a beauty, and weighs in at 45 grams (the exact same weight as their championship ring from the year before).

The Bills AFC championship ring was only the second time (the Broncos having done the same design) that celebrated the AFC championship with a diamond-filled letter “A”.

The Bills AFC championship rings were designed and made by Jostens in solid yellow 10K gold.

The only player ring having sold at auction was purchased by me in 2010, for $7,000.00. I don’t know of any other rings that have sold at auction but a few have sold privately.

I want to buy super bowl rings (winning and losing ones) and also buy championship rings as well.   Let me know if you have a championship ring you want to sell.


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