July 3, 2015

“lambsoflambeau”, a seller on eBay claims he has Bart Starr’s Super Bowl II ring.   Is this possible?

Bart Starr Super Bowl ring

When I saw the auction listing, my immediate reaction was “no way”, this can’t be Bart Starr’s championship ring from Super Bow II.

Intrigued by this offering, I took a close look at the supplied pictures and saw some surprises:

First off, the engraving inside the ring, looks 100% genuine, and the engraving is exactly the same that was produced back in 1967.

If Bart Starr called Jostens in 2015 and said “Please make me another Super Bowl II ring”, Jostens, the maker of the original championship ring, could produce nearly an exact duplication of the first ring, but not the inside engraving.   The tools used to make those manufacture markings are long gone and the new engraving would look very different.   Back in 1967, Jostens championship rings were engraved with “Josten”, not “Jostens” like they are today.

Not only does this ring have “Josten” engraved inside, but the type, style, and engraving patterns match my original Super Bowl II ring exactly.   So do the two tubes, also seen in the ebay offering.

So we now have established that the Championship ring on eBay is a true authentic ring from Super Bowl II and made back in 1967.   The next hurdle to overcome is what if the ring had a “blank” name engraved on it or a front office employee?   Could someone have engraved “Starr” on the side of the ring to increase the championship ring’s value?

Looking at the engraving in the letters of the name, located on the side of the ring, the lettering is an exact match of the style that was used on the original ring.   The letter “A” as in Starr does not have a point at the top of the “A”, it has a small line.   So does my ring, and the “S” character from rings that year match up exactly with other examples of photographs in my extensive championship ring database.

So, we can establish that this ring was original and made with Bart Starr’s name.

Now, before you get excited and bid on this ring, here are some huge red flags.

I thought this could be a salesman sample ring that was “upgraded” by replacing cheap imitation diamonds with real diamonds.   However, most Salesman sample Super Bowl II rings, if not all of them, have “Lombardi” on the side of the ring.   Keep in mind that there is a distinct possibility this is a salesman sample ring, and here’s why:

A ring that belonged to Bart Starr for close to 40 years, and made of soft 14K gold should have an awful lot of ware on it. It should have scratches and scuffs and show worn-down evidence, especially on the side of the rings where fingers inevitably rub off some of the crisp details of championship rings.

This ring looks brand new, so we know it was hardly, if ever worn, and certainly not the ring Bart Starr wore for close to 40 years.

Last, a ring of this magnitude and value needs to come with iron clad documentation. The seller does not mention one bit of documentation that comes with this ring.

Bart Starr is doing well financially, and does not need to sell his historic championship rings.

Based upon the new condition of the ring, and lack of any documentation, this is certainly not Bart Starr’s original Super Bowl II ring, however, it could be a family duplicate that was never worn.

Please remember, I buy super bowl rings and championship rings, so let me know if you have one to sell.

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