Archive for November, 2016

Saints Super Bowl Ring Coming To Auction

November 30, 2016

This championship ring, from the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl XLIV season, will be auctioned to the highest bidder on Saturday:

Saints Super Bowl XLIV championship ring

On Saturday, December. 3, 2016, you can own your very own Saints Super Bowl ring.

While the championship ring is not a player’s ring, it appears to be the same version and size that the players received.

Note that when I say size, I mean the top, two sides, and weight are the same. This particular championship ring has a finger size of 8.25 which means about 95-99% of the male population will not be able to wear it on their ring finger, although some may be able to wear it on their pinky.

If you’re thinking of resizing the championship ring, that’s filled with peril. Resizing it can destroy the value of the Super Bowl ring since the engraving on the inside will probably be ruined (and there’s a lot of engraving inside this championship ring).

The finger size of 8.25 will hurt the resale value of the championship ring tremendously. While the auction house estimates it will sell for $30,000-40,000, look for it to be lucky to reach half that amount because of the ring size.

The championship ring does come with the proper wood presentation box and paperwork from the original recipient.

To learn more about the auction, visit the link here: Neal Auction Co.

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

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A Championship Ring Theft That Will Break Your Heart

November 29, 2016

A New Mexico teenager is devastated after being the victim of thieves who stole a very special reminder of his deceased mom:

Wrestling championship ring - Jeramie Flores

Jeramie Flores lost his mother, Stephanie to cancer, just three months ago.

On his 18th birthday, last week, his truck was broken into and his High School state championship ring in wrestling was taken.

Friends told local television station, KRQE News 13 that Jeramie placed his original championship ring insides his mother’s casket. Moved by that gesture and his loss, his family and friends took up a collection and purchased him a new championship ring.

The new championship ring had something even more special than the original one. His friends and family made sure the replacement championship ring was engraved with a special saying from his mother.

Friends of Jeramie are offering a $100 reward for the return of the wrestling championship ring shown above. They would like the championship ring returned and there will be no questions asked.

If you have any information, please contact the BELEN New Mexico police, or KRQE News 13.

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

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The Championship Rings From Super Bowl XXXIX

November 28, 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 XXXIX:

2004 New England Patriots Super Bowl ring and Eagles 2004 NFC championship ring

I’m sorry that’s been so long since I last wrote a new installment on each Super Bowl ring; seems there’s 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 New England Patriots second Super Bowl Ring from their 2004 season.   This beautiful championship ring was designed and manufactured by Jostens in solid 14K gold.

A phrase we hear so often with Super Bowl rings, and it holds true for this stunning championship ring – At the time of it’s design and creation, it was the largest and most blinged out Super Bowl ring to date. In only one year’s time since the Pat’s last mega-record breaking championship ring, the 2004 version brought Super Bowl ring design to a whole new level.

The Patriots Super Bowl XXXIX player ring shown above, weighs 103 grams. This is a very hard to get championship ring as my records show that very few have sold at auction. My Super Bowl ring came from a private sale.

The first Pat’s player Super Bowl ring from 2004 sold way back in 2008 at a Mastro auction for $66,000.00. In 2013, a player ring sold in an SCP auction for $55,152.

Then in an intriguing auction in March of 2016, a player Super Bowl XXXIX ring sold on ebay by bid to the highest bidder for a bargain price of $37,877. The price may have been low as the seller, a pawn shop demanded that the winning bidder show up in the mid-west in person to pick up the ring.

All three of these championship rings did not come with the mega-sized wood presentation box.

The team that loses the Super Bowl is recognized as a champion of their respective conference.   The Eagles 2004 NFC championship ring shown above, is the reoccurring same-mold championship ring Jostens was making at this time.

The Eagles championship ring weighs in at 69 grams and was made in solid 14K white gold.

A few of these rings have sold at auction, and they sell for around $10,000.

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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The Super Bowl Ring I’ll Probably Never Acquire

November 25, 2016

I always wanted to buy a Super Bowl ring with my own last name on it. Here’s a Championship Ring that really caught my eye and reminded me of this:

Championship ring dealers, cowboys super bowl XXVIII ring

For those of you who don’t understand the significance of the Super Bowl ring shown above here’s the scoop:

Scott Welkowsky is a well-known championship ring dealer. Scott and I go way back, and I’ve purchased more rings from him than with all the other championship ring dealers combined.

Unlike some other dealers, Scott is a pleasure to deal with.

Poking around the internet for some ideas on what to blog about today, I came across this 100% authentic Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl XXVIII ring. As you can see in the photo above, the last name of the staff member matches Scott’s last name. This is a random coincidence, as far as I know, Scott does not have any relatives working for an NFL team.

The championship ring above reminded me that although I do have some championship rings with my last name on them, thanks to a couple of executives I know at sports teams and mostly from the fan rings and shareholder rings available to the public, I don’t own a Super Bowl ring with my last name on it.

And it looks like, because of my unusual last name, that won’t change anytime soon.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Please remember, I buy championship rings all the time. I’ll respect your privacy and no one will know you sold me your championship ring if you contact me.

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Player’s AFL Championship Ring For Sale on eBay

November 23, 2016

It’s an extremely rare and vintage Chargers Championship Ring back from the days before the NFL-AFL Merger:

Chargers 1963 AFL championship ring

Please note I’m not affiliated with this championship ring, or the seller.

This stunning 1963 AFL championship ring has an asking price of $10,000 on eBay, but you can see, the seller is accepting offers for less money.

The Jostens stamp shown in a photo located inside the championship ring looks to be 100% authentic, however, the ring is in unworn condition which leads me to believe that the championship ring was possibly (or probably if you’re a cynic like me) remade by Jostens. After all, this AFL ring was awarded over fifty years ago.

A remade championship ring will usually not hold the same value as an original championship ring. However, since it’s manufactured by the original championship ring company Jostens, there’s still plenty of value for this item.

Vintage player championship rings have been selling in the range of about $5,000 – $6,000, so that may be a more fair price for this championship ring if you’re looking to get a decent deal. This AFL championship ring comes with an authentic (but small diamond), and what worries me is that it appears to lack concrete paperwork from the original player or his family.

I find it fascinating that the Chargers, when designing this ring, labeled their championship ring with the words “World Champions” when the general consensus in football in 1963 was that the NFL was the far superior league.

Happy championship ring hunting, and to all the readers of this championship ring blog, have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Please remember, I buy championship rings, so if you would like to sell your championship ring, please remember, I buy them and respect your privacy.

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