Archive for August, 2016

1927 Yankees World Series Ring Sells For $203,150.

August 30, 2016


The 1927 Championship ring shown below belonged to star pitcher Herb Pennock:


New York Yankees 1927 World Series Ring


Remarkably, this is the second Hall of Fame player’s 1927 World Series ring that Heritage Auctions has sold recently.

The Yankees have seven Hall of Famers from the 1927 squad, and Heritage sold another Hall of Famer’s 1927 Yankees ring a year ago for $155,350. That championship ring belonged to outfielder Earle Combs.

While personal tastes and baseball experts might be divided on the relative greatness of the two baseball hall of famers, no one could argue that the Pennock championship ring is far superior in terms of condition.

Combs’ 1927 World Series ring had decades of proud wear, smoothing the fine detailing of the soft fourteen-karat (14K) gold, while it appears that Pennock rarely wore his own championship ring, which left it in a pristine condition.

Personally, I’ve never seen a vintage 14K solid gold championship ring in such amazing condition.

Another interesting tidbit about this championship ring; it was consigned to auction by the Collins family, who are descendants of Hall of Famer Eddie Collins. It turns out that Collin’s son, Eddie Jr. married Pennock’s daughter Jane. A letter of provenance from the Collins family came with the Pennock championship ring.

Please remember, I buy championship rings. If you would like some privacy and want to sell your championship ring, please let me know.


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Championship Ring Links

August 29, 2016


Seems like the news has been a little slow lately in the World of Championship Rings.


championship ring links


So perhaps today’s a good day to mention some great internet sources for the world of championship rings.

In no particular order, here goes!


1) My home page has links to all winning and losing Super Bowl rings and presentation boxes when available. I also have a section showing many of World Series and Championship rings from the NY Baseball teams: That Link: sports-rings.com


2) CCSLC Championship Ring Thread – This forum discusses the design of championship rings. when you visit the page, you may want to head to the last pages of the forum to see the most recent topics. boards.sportslogos.net


3) Net54baseball.com is the premier and most active sports collecting forum I know of. Very little topics on championship rings but still a great source. Here is the home page: net54baseball.com


4) All about World Series rings: worldseriesrings.net


5) The Crow Championship Ring Page – this site disappeared, never to be seen again. It was a wonderful resource from back when the internet was in it’s infancy. Now, parts of the site are accessible using the internet web archive. Here’s the link: thecrow2131.20m.com


6) Want to know when the next auctions hit with championship rings? Here’s a great resource: auctionreport.com


7) Want to know what Championship rings are selling for at auction? Here’s a link to a place that tracks such things: pricerealized.com


Please let me know if you know of any other links and I will update this list.

Meanwhile, as always, if you want to sell a championship ring and wish to do so anonymously, please contact me. I buy championship rings.


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Someday The Jets Will Win Another Super Bowl Ring

August 27, 2016


It’s been 47 seasons since the Jets won a Super Bowl ring, yet fans have not given up hope:


1968 Jets Super Bowl III ring


I have to admit, I’m a Jets fan and am hoping the team can finally win their second Super Bowl ring. It’s only been 47 seasons since their last championship ring.

Heck, even an AFC championship ring would be nice as the team has lost their four last Championship games during the last 35 or so years.

Pictured above is a die-hard Jets fan wearing a player’s Super Bowl III ring.

That Super Bowl ring, from 1968 Season, was made by Balfour in 14K solid yellow gold (although Balfour did make a few, upon request in 14K white gold too).

The AFC looks to have a lot of parity this upcoming season, and as always, a team or two will surprise everyone, so why not the Jets?

And, I’ll even be so bold to predict – if the world does not come to an end in the next 1,000 years, I guarantee the Jets will win another Super Bowl ring. I just have no idea if it will be in my lifetime.

Please remember, I buy Super Bowl rings and I buy championship rings privately. If you would like to sell your championship ring, please let me know.


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The Championship Rings From Super Bowl XXXVII

August 25, 2016


Continuing my slow but steady blog series about championship rings from each Super Bowl, here’s a review of the championship rings from Super Bowl XXXVII:


Super Bowl XXXVII championship rings


I’m sorry that’s been so long since I last wrote a new installment on each Super Bowl ring, I guess there’s been a lot of other championship ring items to blog about.

I’m also apologizing, that the pictures of the incredible championship rings displayed above, show my web address.   It’s not done for self promotion….

If I didn’t include the web-address, other web sites would steal my images, especially the sellers on ebay, who appear over-night and offer cheap championship rings from China.   Championship ring collectors and enthusiasts wonder why Jostens, Balfour, and now Tiffany, allow this to happen!   I wonder too, and It appears that no one has an answer as to why these offerings continue. It’s a shame (or perhaps an opportunity for championship ring fans depending upon their perspective).

The replicas from China don’t look as special as authentic championship rings, and the quality varies tremendously from vendor to vendor.   These sellers display photos of real championship rings and then have the “inflated balls” to claim the pictures are of their very own replica championship rings!

Almost every photograph in my Super Bowl ring blogs are taken by me, from my own championship ring collection.   As readers and collectors know by my many blogs, these championship rings are very rare and only a few championship rings are available for sale in the hobby.   That means that the two specific Super Bowl rings are seldom (if ever) photographed together from a particular Super Bowl game.

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

The ring on the left is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers first ever Super Bowl Ring from their 2002 season.   This beautiful championship ring was designed and manufactured by Tiffany and Company in solid 14K gold.

While Tiffany and Company has made some spectacular Super Bowl rings, lately, their last few, have been in my humble opinion, lacking. This particular Super Bowl ring has a wonderful top and sides and is one of the nicest Tiffany championship rings I’ve seen.

The Bucs Super Bowl XXXVII player ring shown above, weighs approximately 60 grams. This is a very hard to get championship ring as my records show that no player versions have sold at auction. My Super Bowl ring came from a very friendly dealer, not one of the unfriendly, miserable people associated within this hobby.

A front office ring, similar in design but lacking diamonds in the centered Lombardi trophy, sold at auction in 2009 for $10,585.00 at Lelands. A player version of the ring made for Advanced Auto Parts, sold at auction for around $12,000 in 2012. Although this ring was exactly like the player’s version, it had “Advanced” on the side of the ring where the last names are placed and was made in the huge finger-size of 17.

The team that loses the Super Bowl is recognized as a champion of their respective conference.   The Raiders 2002 AFC championship ring, shown above, like the 2002 Bucs Super Bowl rings, have been few and far between at auction.

The Raiders ring does an outstanding job of maintaining the Raiders championship ring design format. The AFC championship ring weighs in at 46-47 grams. The ring does contains nice size marquis diamonds, each helping to represent the team’s five Super Bowl appearances. Three of the diamonds are noticeably larger, and that’s to commemorate the team’s three Super Bowl victories.

The Raiders AFC championship ring was made by Jostens in 14K solid white gold.

Another cool thing about this ring is the championship ring box. Under the Raider logo are the words “The Team Of The Decades”. This wording is a nod to the fact that the raiders appeared in Super Bowls in the 60s, 70s, 80s, and now their fourth decade. If you wish to see the Super Bowl ring box, check out my Super Bowl Ring gallery link, located at the home page of this website.

I purchased a player’s championship ring for $12,000.00 in 2013 and let’s just say he was a well known and great player. Ron Woodson’s championship ring sold in 2015 at SCP for $18,840.00.

Please remember as I always say, I buy super bowl rings (winning and losing ones). I also purchase championship rings too.   Please let me know if you have a championship ring you want to sell and we can do a private deal.


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These Two Super Bowl Rings Are The Same, Yet Different

August 23, 2016


It’s striking to see these Super Bowl Rings side by side; their designs are quite similar. Yet they’re really not:


Patriots and Ravens Super Bowl rings


Both of these recent winning Super Bowl rings were designed and crafted by Jostens.

Both championship rings are huge and loaded with tons of large and small diamonds.

Even winning Super Bowl teams have a monetary budget, and as a result, both rings were manufactured in 10K white gold; not 14K gold like most Super Bowl rings that are smaller in size.

While Super Bowl Ring enthusiasts have seen Jostens use the same style molds over and over (particularly during the Super Bowl Ring XXXIII through XXXVI period) these championship rings are not from the same mold.

Proof that they are not from the same mold is that the Patriots 2014 Super Bowl ring is larger than the Ravens 2012 Super Bowl ring (both are shown above, but not to proper scale). Because I own both Super Bowl rings, I have lined them up side by side and can see the Patriots championship ring is substantially larger.

The Patriots championship ring weighs in at 99 grams, while the Ravens Super Bowl ring, tips the scale at 89 grams.

Both of these championship rings are spectacular and demonstrate where the evolution of Super Bowl rings are heading.

Please remember, I buy championship rings like these all the time. Want to do a private sale and sell me your championship ring? Please contact me and I’ll do my best to make it happen.


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