June 30, 2016
Here’s a Super Bowl XLV Ring With Plenty of Questions:
The Super Bowl ring shown above will be offered for sale to the highest bidder in a major auction this summer.
It’s supposedly a front office 2010 Packer Super Bowl ring, but some things just don’t appear right:
First off, the ring is a smaller version from what the player’s received. That one fact should not be a deal-breaker for Packer and championship ring collectors. Many times, front office rings are made in smaller versions and are still collectible, and often sell for substantially less money than a player’s championship ring version.
However, there are issues with this ring that lead me to question its authenticity. Hopefully the auction company, which in the past has been pressured to redo their descriptions, based upon collector’s observations, will take steps to get to the bottom of why this Super Bowl ring differs from the authentic ones I have seen (and own).
The first really strange observation is that the mantra that’s engraved inside the championship ring is in the wrong order.
The photo below shows a player’s Super Bowl ring on the left and on the right is the ring being offered at auction:
You may be thinking that the order of the words are not important, but details such as these offer clues that the championship ring may not be authentic. The three player rings I have examined all show the exact wording on the left and the phrase looks to be stamped inside the rings, not hand engraved. A hand engraving would be more believable that an error could occur, but with stamping, I’m highly doubtful Jostens, the maker of this championship ring, would release a ring with wording in the wrong order, using a stamp that differs from the player’s version.
Next, the photo below shows a player’s Super Bowl ring on the left and the ring offered for sale on the right.
Notice that there are substantial differences in the Lombardi trophy. In fact, the championship ring offered for sale in the auction (pictured on the right) is missing wording and details in the NFL shield. Don’t tell me they may have worn away; nothing wears away that cleanly. An important clue when trying to authenticate a real championship ring from a fake one are the small details in the images, and the one on the right fails that test.
Another clue in authenticating championship rings can be seen in the photo above. Notice the many small diamonds on the left: you can’t see the prongs that hold each diamond in place; yet on the ring on the right, you can see them quite visibly. That’s because prongs have to be set by hand and replica ring makers have a lot of trouble making them tiny and not noticeable.
Please remember I buy championship rings all the time, as long as they’re authentic. If you would like to do a private deal, and sell your championship ring, please get in touch with me.