Archive for September, 2015

Always Be Careful With Your Championship Rings!

September 30, 2015


Once a championship ring is acquired by collectors, it’s imperative that they’re extremely careful with them; otherwise down the road, they could look like this:

broken championship rings


Earlier this week I received a frantic phone call from a Super Bowl ring collector. He must be a big-time Packers fan too, he owns a Super Bowl II ring and a Super Bowl XXXI ring (both Packer rings) in his collection.

He just dropped his Super Bowl II ring and badly cracked the Green sapphire stone that holds the iconic three large diamonds on top of the championship ring.

It’s a lot easier to crack these tops than you would think – a drop from just 2 to 4 feet can do it. See the ring above and the zoom-in shot below for what a cracked and chipped ring looks like:

cracked championship rings


He asked what his options were and sadly, there are few good options. In the old days, Jostens and Balfour would take the ring and repair it, making the championship ring look as good as new. Both companies, now inundated with championship ring collector repair requests, refuse to fix championship rings unless they come from the original owner or his (or her) immediate family.

A local jeweler with experience, can remake the stone, however it will never look exactly the same, or have the same curved shape. Furthermore, good luck trying to match the color if your team’s official colors are not black.

Championship rings are very delicate – and it’s not just drops that cause damage. Many times, the sapphire or onyx stones get chipped, or small diamonds fall out, larger diamonds can crack, and never, ever, put your ring in an ultra-sonic cleaning machine (unless you don’t like the shanks colored enamel). Ultra-sonic machines tend to ruin the enamel coloring on the rings.

The championship ring collector who called me also mentioned that the gold and diamond “G” in his Super Bowl XXXI ring was heavily damaged.

Last, never have your championship ring polished by a jeweler. This will make the ring look nice and bright, however, the championship ring will be reduced by 1-4 grams of solid gold each time the ring is polished. Did you know that many jewelers save their gold dust from the polishings and then resell it?

If you must have your ring polished, you can do it yourself using a light cloth or request that your jeweler use a light cloth. This will improve the appearance of the championship ring while maintaining just about all the gold on the ring.

Please remember, I buy championship rings, so keep that in mind and call me if you would like to discuss selling your championship ring.


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Hot Trends in Championship Rings

September 29, 2015


This photo on Twitter caught my eye recently; besides the great looking girls showing off their new championship rings, the photo highlights a growing trend:

ATU Championship Rings


In the old days (say before 2012), women’s championship rings tended to be small, girlie-like distant cousins of the magnificent men’s championship rings that we have all seen and marveled at.

Well those days are becoming more and more a thing of the past. Women’s championship rings are now made with as much bling as the men’s versions – as evidenced in the above picture.

Just keep in mind that both Men and Women’s collegiate championship rings are made of non-gold and inexpensive diamonds.

These beauties are showing off their ATU Volleyball championship rings. ATU stands for Arkansas Tech University and their volley ball team is a dominant force – having appeared in four straight finals in the Great American Conference. These girls won last year’s title game and received these championship rings.

Congratulations to the team on their title and beautiful championship rings. It’s a great tend that woman are getting nice big championship rings too!

Please remember, I buy championship rings so if you have one to sell, I’d like to speak with you.


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New Championship Rings At Pro Football Hall of Fame

September 28, 2015


Special thanks to “Dralec”, a contributor on the championship ring thread at sportslogos.net. He broke some great new on the forum recently about these rings:

Pro Football Hall of Fame Ring


Dralec, wrote, “remember some times back pro football HOF produced pretty good looking new rings via Kay Jewelers?   Every player will receive new rings, wife of deceased players get pendants. Classy act. Ring look real sharp and are pretty good size.”

Here’s how this championship ring replacement story begins:

Kay Jewelers, known for their many stores in the U.S., predominately found at local shopping malls, redesigned the championship ring styled Hall of Fame ring awarded to new inductees in 2013.

The championship ring is an upgrade to the previous version – both larger and with more bling.

From their website, Kay Jewelers posted”

The Kay® Jewelers Ring of Excellence contains a total diamond weight of 1 ¾ carats with outer diamonds that create a stadium effect surrounding a football shaped diamond center. The stunning ring celebrates the achievements of the select few whose professional football careers have been deemed worthy of admittance into the elite fraternity of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, while also recognizing each unique story. The customized ring design honors each Hall of Famer’s career through intricate detail and state-of-the-art craftsmanship, featuring a likeness of the inductee’s bust, along with his position and years in the league on one side, while his name, the Pro Football Hall of Fame logo and his enshrinement class is included on the other.

So in a very nice gesture, Kay Jewelers and the Pro Football Hall of fame will present past inductees with the brand new, gorgeous championship rings. And as Dralec stated above, the wives of deceased players will get matching pendants.

Please remember, I buy championship rings (and Hall of Fame rings too), so if you would like to discuss selling your championship ring, please get in touch with me.


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Kansas Big 12 Championship Rings Are Here

September 26, 2015


Wayne Selden Jr, shows off his Kansas Big 12 Championship Ring on the Internet:

Jayhawks NCAA Championship ring


In the 2014-2015 season, Kansas basketball won its mind-boggling 11th straight Big 12 regular season title.

The Jayhawks compiled a 13-5 record in-conference.

Yesterday, junior guard Wayne Selden Jr, provided championship ring enthusiasts a look at the hardware the team was awarded as a result.

Selden posted the Instagram photo of his 2015 Big 12 title championship ring, which features a whole lot of bling. Keep in mind that due to the NCAA regulations, the championship rings are not made of real gold or real diamonds.

Selden made it clear he’s proud of the accomplishment, however, he’s looking for titles and more championship rings in 2015-2016.

Kansas lost in its second round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament to Wichita State last season.

Please remember, I buy championship rings, so if you have one to sell, let’s talk!


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Mystery Person Returns Player’s Championship Ring

September 25, 2015


Chris Gomez, a 15 major league baseball veteran, doesn’t know how his NLCS championship ring disappeared; and no one seems to know who returned it, either:

San Diego Padres 1998 National League Championship Ring


While this is a great feel-good story, keep in mind, Gomez’s other championship rings are still missing.

Gomez was a member of the San Diego Padres team that went to the World Series in 1998 and was beaten by the New York Yankees.

The championship ring was returned to him this week when someone dropped it off at the sheriff’s station in his hometown of Lakewood, California.

Gomez realized the championship ring was missing a couple of weeks ago, according to the local sheriff, Keith Swenson.

An unidentified person dropped the championship ring off early Sunday at the Lakewood Station and then left before officers were able to speak with him, Swenson said.

Deputies immediately began trying to determine the rightful owner. As us championship ring enthusiasts know, the recipient’s last name appears on the ring. As a result of this, combined with an internet search, determined that Gomez — a former local High School baseball star, who was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 1992 — might be their man.

Additionally, the police probably realized through the internet search that Gomez was on that 1998 Padre team.

Detective Theo Gekas located Gomez, who didn’t know the circumstances of the championship ring’s disappearance.

Gomez informed the Detective that he had two more championship rings missing, one from 1987 (a Lakewood High School baseball championship, and the other from 1990, a Loyola Marymount University baseball title), Swenson said.

“He is hopeful his other two rings will be returned to him, for their sentimental value,” Swenson said.

Anyone with information about the missing championship rings is requested to contact Detective Gekas at (562) 623-3657.

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


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