Archive for September, 2016

Jostens Isn’t Breaking The Mold On These Championship Rings

September 30, 2016


When Jostens unveiled the Patriots 2003 Super Bowl ring, it was at that time, the largest, most binged out championship ring ever created:


Patriots 2003 Super Bowl Ring


Within a few years, Jostens was reusing this ground-breaking mold to make championship rings for major college programs and even high schools. Pictured below, courtesy of Oliver, our championship ring enthusiast from Canada and frequent contributor, are photographs showing how Jostens has reused this championship ring mold:


(Click picture below for a larger picture)Patriots Super Bowl XXXVIII ring mold


Pictured above, from left to right: the 2007 LSU National championship ring, 2010 Michigan State Spartans Big 10 championship ring, and of course the Patriots Super Bowl XXXVIII ring.

Astute championship ring collectors, have seen championship high school rings using the same mold too, as they rarely, but occasionally wind up for sale on eBay.

Before you ask how can a High School or College program can afford such expensive championship rings, keep in mind that using base white metal, and man-made imitation diamonds can bring the cost of these championship rings down to under $200.00 each in the manufacturing process.

Obviously, due to the memorabilia aspect of a major college football program, a championship ring like the two shown above, will sell on the collectors market, for over $1,000 each, while a player Super Bowl ring could go for $25,000 or more.

While the Super Bowl XXXVIII championship ring was groundbreaking, it’s title as the largest Super Bowl ring every produced didn’t last long. The following season, the Patriots debuted their Super Bowl XXXIX ring and it was even larger!

That championship ring mold too, has been reused for collegiate and high school championship rings.

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


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Cavaliers Will Award Over 1,000 Championship Rings

September 29, 2016


Here’s a view of the Cavaliers 2015-2016 Championship ring:


Cleveland Cavaliers 2015-2016 championship ring


When the Cleveland Cavaliers receive their championship rings on their opening game night, the players, coaches and corporate executives won’t be the only ones receiving Cleveland’s first championship ring since 1964.

Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, reports that team owner Dan Gilbert will give over 1,000 championship rings to full and part-time employees. These employees include those who work for the Cavs and/or Quicken Loans Arena.

Many of those championship rings, won’t contain real diamonds like the players version; buy hey, it’s a real championship ring.

This generous gesture is not unprecedented; when the New York Yankees won the World Series in 2009, they too provided hundreds of World Series rings to staff and they too, included part-time employees.

If you would like a Cavaliers championship ring that’s authentic and not a knockoff from China, I’m sure some employees will make them available in the coming months on eBay.

Please remember, I buy championship rings (player size only), so if you want to do a private deal, I’ll buy your championship ring.


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Syracuse 1959 National Championship Ring At Auction

September 28, 2016


It’s a rare opportunity to acquire a player championship ring from a very special football team:


1959 Syracuse football championship ring


Lelands, a well known sports memorabilia company will be auctioning Gene Grabosky’s 1959 National championship ring in October.

Grabosky, was a defensive tackle for the Orangemen and a senior on that team. Having been born in upstate New York, Grabosky stayed local during his football career. After graduating near-by Syracuse, he played one season with the AFL’s Buffalo Bills (also located in upstate New York. He died in 2001.

The starting bid on his championship ring is only $750, and could very well wind up going for several thousand dollars.

The solid gold championship ring has the iconic “NATIONAL CHAMPIONS” notation, a Syracuse Orangemen inclusion, and some Cotton Bowl mentions too.

The 1959 Syracuse team was a very balanced and talented team. Sophomore (and future Heisman award winner) Ernie Davis was the star of the offense, compiling 686 yards, and averaging a very impressive 7 yards per carry). Three more players rushed for at least 500 yards,and seven more rushed for at least 115 yards while five finished with at least 100 receiving yards. No wonder the team ended up with a national title, and a championship ring (shown above).

As you know by now, I buy championship rings. If you would like to conduct a private deal and sell your championship ring, please let me know.


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Player’s Sonics Championship Ring To Be Auctioned

September 27, 2016


The Sonics are long gone from Seattle, but here’s a rare chance to secure the only championship ring the team won:


1979 Seattle Sonics NBA championship ring


The 1979 championship ring shown above, belonged to John Johnson, who passed away in January.

Johnson was a small forward and two time NBA all-star, who played with the Sonics from 1977 to 1982.

The championship ring is from Johnson’s estate, and will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on September. 29, 2016.

The championship ring is a size 12, and contains a single 75-point diamond. It’s made of 14 caret solid yellow gold by Balfour. NBA rings from the 1970s all look very similar, no matter who the winning team was.

According to my database on championship rings, three Sonics rings belonging to Johnson’s teammates have sold at auction for between $71,548 and $115,242.00.

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


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Patriot Super Bowl Rings and Their Museum

September 26, 2016


Oliver, a great friend and contributor to this blog, recently visited The Hall at Patriot Place and sent some amazing photos:


New England Patriots Super Bowl rings at the Hall at Patriot Place


I must admit, I did not know the Patriots had a museum, but it turns out the technology-rich facility specializes in the history and memorabilia of the Patriots.

The Hall is huge – 30,000 square feet and contains 10 exhibit galleries. Located within walking distance of Gillette stadium, the Hall is open during the week and weekends.

I was very impressed with the fact that unlike most teams and most exhibits that showcase championship rings, the Pats did show off their AFC championship rings in addition to their four amazing Super Bowl rings.

AFC and NFC championship rings are only awarded to teams that win their conference championship but loose in the Super Bowl. The winning Super Bowl teams get larger, more blinged out Super Bowl rings and do not get AFC or NFC championship rings.

Pictured above are collectibles for sale at the Hall. Prices are not cheap, but these items are made by (or licensed by) Jostens.

Thanks Oliver, as always, your championship ring contributions are much appreciated.

Please remember, I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring and have your privacy too, please contact me.


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