Archive for March, 2016

Fake Championship Ring Company Has Balls

March 23, 2016

A Replica-Selling Championship Ring Company Produced a Press Release and E-mail Blast Yesterday:

replica championship rings

Have fake championship ring offerings now become mainstream?

I was astonished when I received the email blast from Top Championship Rings.

Being in marketing for three decades I could tell they used a PR – Firm to help get the news out that they are selling replica championship rings.

Keep in mind these offerings are not real championship rings, and not licensed from any of the major sports leagues or ring manufacturers either. And as I always say, “I can’t imagine how or why they are allowed to sell these items in the United States”.

While the prices are significantly higher than the championship ring garbage offered on eBay for less than a pack of cigarettes, these replica championship rings are priced in the $200.00 range and look a lot nicer (although I wonder if these pictures are of the replica championship rings, or if they’re photographs of real championship rings).

Top Championship Rings has a great looking website too – part of their home page is shown above.

Interestingly enough, they know they are not legally allowed to sell their replica championship rings since when you click on the “contact” link, no address information is provided.

I’m not affiliated with any company or person that sells replica championship rings, or real championship rings. I’m just passing along my thoughts and comments on the world of championship rings.

Please always remember, I buy real championship rings, so if you have a championship ring to sell, please do reach out to me.

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A Fine Collection – Super Bowl Rings and an Oscar

March 22, 2016

Businessman Steve Tisch may not be a house-hold name, but he has some collection:

New York Giants Super Bowl rings

Oscar award

Tisch starred as a special-guest celebrity investor on the mega-hit TV show – Shark Tank in 2014.

Steve Tisch was a successful Hollywood film producer before he became 50% co-owner of the NFL football New York Giants.

Tisch had inherited his fifty percent ownership from his father Bob Tisch, former Chairman of Loews Corporation, who passed away in 2005.

Steve Tisch had produced mega-blockbuster films including Risky Business, Forrest Gump, American History X, and others too.

It appears that Tisch has the distinct honor of being the only person who has won an Oscar (Forrest Gump) and a Super Bowl ring. Actually Tisch currently owns two Super Bowl rings, both Giant championship rings made by Tiffany and Company (XLII and XLVI).

An interesting question would be what means more to him – his Oscar or one or two of his Super Bowl rings?

Please remember, I buy Super Bowl rings (winning and losing versions). If you are interested in discussing a private deal and selling your Super Bowl ring or championship ring, please contact me.

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They Sure Don’t Know Much About Championship Rings in China

March 21, 2016

This tweet, offering a 2009 Yankees World Series reveals a lot:

1953 replica New York Yankees Ring

See the Yankee World Series ring, pictured above?

Obviously it’s not a real World Series ring; it’s not even a real salesman sample ring.

The ring is a cheap replica of the Yankees special 1953 World Series ring. Check out the dismal quality of the “1953″ shown on both sides of the above championship ring knock-off.

What made the real 1953 Yankee World Series ring so special is that the team broke with their tradition during this era where all of their winning rings looking the same. The Yankees became the first (and last) team to win five World Series in a row, and to commemorate that terrific achievement, the team issued a diamond world series ring, with a “5″ prominently displayed.

The “marketer” on twitter, selling these crappy-looking championship rings, thought this was the Yankees 2009 World Series ring (the Yankees last World Series ring awarded).

If you know the 2009 Yankees World Series ring, than you know that the two World Series rings, could not be more different. If you are unfamiliar with the 2009 World Series ring, pictures are available on my blog, or over the internet.

This is just one more example of the lousy quality and how little knowledge these championship ring makers in China possess.

Please remember, I buy real championship rings. If you want to sell a real championship ring.

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Portland Timbers Awarded 2015 MLS Cup Championship Rings

March 18, 2016

After MLS Timbers owner Merritt Paulson hoisted the MLS Cup trophy in December, it set off a series of celebrations, a parade and now championship rings:

Portland Timbers 2015 Championship rings

As soon as the Timber’s off-season began, Paulson, and GM Gavin Wilkinson, and head coach Caleb Porter, began planning the design of the championship rings.

For Wilkinson, who’s been part of the organization for 15 years, the championship ring design was an opportunity to create something that symbolizes what the club stands for.

“Championship rings not only celebrate the achievement of the club winning its first MLS Cup but also the values of the team, with their symbolic design details,” he said.

Paulson and the rest of the Timbers staff reached out to championship ring designers at Jostens with an outline of what they wanted the championship ring to look like. They gave them a list of the elements that they wanted in the ring and the group at Jostens, including their master ring designer, got to work.

The resulting championship ring is beautiful – with each stone and diamond set one-by-one to craft a unique championship ring.

On the top of the championship ring is the Timbers’ logo, the double-sided axe set against the background of a custom-cut green stone—“Custom-made specifically for the top of this ring,” said Chris Poitras, the Jostens’ V.P.

The championship rings contain 91 diamonds on the top of the ring, and they total a little over one carat.

Congratulations to the Timbers on their achievement and their stunning Jostens Championship rings!

Please note, I buy championship rings. If you would like to discuss in complete privacy, selling your championship ring, please contact me.

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Ickey Woods’ stolen AFC Championship ring shuffles onto eBay

March 17, 2016

Woods claims the championship ring was stolen and wants it back:

Ickey Woods AFC Championship ring

The former Cincinnati Bengals running back, claims the 1988 AFC Championship ring was stolen around 20 years ago from his house.

The championship ring has been offered on eBay since January for $24,999, or “best offer”, and on Wednesday, the AFC ring was quickly taken down from eBay by the seller.

Woods 1988 championship ring on ebay included six photos of the Jostens championship ring, showing multiple angles, and his full name engraving on the inside.

Having seen the championship ring on eBay and also owning another player’s 1988 AFC championship ring, I’m sure the ring is authentic.

“To see it on eBay and to know that it did not get there honestly is what’s really got me ticked off,” Woods said.

“It’s a one-of-a-kind ring and it’s my ring and nobody else has the right to that ring.”

Woods explains that he worked very hard for the championship ring. He gave blood, sweat and tears during the 1988 Bengals historic season and exciting run to the Super Bowl.

“Whenever something’s stolen from you, you feel violated,” Woods said. “You’re angry at one point, but there’s really nothing you can do because you don’t know who stole it or what happened.”

Woods contacted the Cincinnati police to help locate the ebay seller and determine how it he obtained the championship ring before posting it on eBay.

“The person who has it now, I would like to have my ring back and I’m not going to pay to get my ring back because I worked hard for that ring.”

Woods said he received a message on Facebook about the eBay listing and he immediately called police.

A police detective is attempting to contact the seller and determine how the seller got Woods championship ring.

There’s a few lessons championship ring collectors should learn from this situation: It’s important to get solid paperwork and title when purchasing a championship ring.

Also, when confronted, many athletes, will claim a championship ring was lost or stolen, when in fact, they actually sold their ring during hard financial times.

I’m not saying that Woods sold his ring, but I’ve seen instances where it later came out the athlete did in fact sell the championship ring, and that it was not lost or stolen.

Please remember, I buy championship rings. If you would like to deal a privately, please contact me.

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