Archive for December, 2016

A Look At The 2016 USA Olympic Men’s Basketball Championship Ring

December 31, 2016


Here’s a photograph of the Gold Medal Winning, Men’s 2016 Olympic championship rings:


2016 Men's Basketball Olympic Championship Rings


The championship rings were made by Baron Championship Rings, and were recently presented to the Olympic players, coaches and staff.

I knew very little about this small championship ring company since almost all sports teams choose Jostens, Tiffany, and Balfour to design and manufacture their championship rings.

Baron may be a championship ring company on the rise – they were awarded the design of the Cleveland Cavaliers 2016 championship rings, and what they made was incredible.

Also shown above, is the championship ring presentation box that came with the Men’s Basketball championship ring. It looks to be the exact same box that Jostens has made popular over the last ten years. Jostens and Baron don’t make the championship ring boxes, so it looks like they are using the same supplier.

I hope 2016 was a good year for you, and that the readers of this blog were able to acquire some special championship rings.

Please remember, I buy championship rings, so if you would like to do a private deal and sell your championship ring, please contact me.

Happy New Year!


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Two Recent Royals Championship Rings in Auction

December 30, 2016


One or both of these gorgeous championship rings can be yours if you are the high bidder:


Royals World Series and championship ring


I am not affiliated with these two championship rings, or the seller, or the auction house.

The 2015 World Series ring and the 2014 American League championship ring were both issued to Milt Thompson. He’s a former major league baseball player and presently a coach with the Single-A Royals affiliate, the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

As is customary, minor league coaches are awarded big-league championship rings and you can see by the photos above, Thompson received player-sized championship rings.

Thompson played 12 seasons in the major leagues and put up decent numbers. Thompson as a hitting coach of the 2008 Phillies, earned his first World Series ring. No word if he still owns that championship ring.

Both championship rings come with the original presentation boxes and SCP will be starting the auction the first week in January.

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

Happy New Year everyone – thanks for making this blog so well-viewed!


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The Championship Rings From Super Bowl XL

December 29, 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 XL:


Super Bowl XL rings


I’m sorry that’s been so long since I last wrote a new installment on each Super Bowl ring, 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 Pittsburgh Steelers fifth Super Bowl Ring from their 2005 season.   This beautiful championship ring was designed and manufactured by Jostens in solid 14K yellow gold. It weighs about 53 grams.

Only a year removed from the Patriots receiving the largest Super Bowl rings ever (up until then, but not anymore) the Steelers Super Bowl XL ring shown above, was much smaller than the Patriots ring and in fact was smaller than the super bowl rings that were distributed in other years both shortly before and after 2005.

Very few of the Steelers Super Bowl rings have sold publicly. I purchased two privately, and there was one auction of a front office ring (player size). That championship ring was sold in a Lelands auction back in 2012 for a poultry $20,627.00.

The Steeler players were quite upset that their Super Bowl ring was so small and that led to two things: The Steelers next Super Bowl ring, awarded in 2008 was much larger, and then two years after that, to avoid having to make a smaller AFC championship ring and go through the turbulence again, the team broke tradition and awarded diamond-studded championship watches instead of championship rings.

The team that loses the Super Bowl is recognized as a champion of their respective conference.   The Seahawks first trip to the Super Bowl didn’t go well; however they did receive the Jostens-made NFC championship ring shown above. You’ll notice their championship ring is the same reoccurring mold that championship ring maker Jostens was pumping-out during this time period.

The Seahawks championship ring weighs in at 68 grams and was made in solid 14K white gold.

A few of these rings have sold at auction, and the player rings sell for around $8,000. An exception to this price level, and also a demonstration that a well-known name can help raise the price of a championship ring, is that Hall of Famer Warren Moon’s NFC championship ring fetched $12,865.00 at a Grey Flannel auction in 2014. Moon was not a player on the team, he was a broadcaster for the team.

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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Miami Heat Championship Ring Presented to Dwyane Wade in Auction

December 27, 2016


Here’s a chance to own a 2006 Player-awarded (sought-of) Championship Ring, if you can get past the misrepresentation of the auction house:


Dwyande Wade 2006 Heat Championship ring


Dwyane Wade played a significant role in helping the Heat win the 2006 championship ring shown above.

He led the Heat, down in the finals 2-0, to four straight victories and the NBA title against the Dallas Mavericks. While Wade battled several injuries, he scored 42, 36, 43 and 36 points in the final four games.

After winning his first NBA Championship in 2006, Wade won two more championship rings.

The auction house, Paragon Auctions, boasted that Dwyane ordered extra championship rings as gifts for family members, including his former mother-in-law Darlene Funches.

Paragon auctions has blundered several championship ring descriptions in past auctions, and now once again, got their information woefully wrong. I hope the misinformation in their current auction doesn’t result in a championship ring enthusiast or collector buying this championship ring, thinking they have a player-sized championship ring.

According to Paragon, they state in the auction description “this ring is not a dressed down, front-office version of the Championship ring, but the same EXACT ring presented to Dwyane Wade and other Miami Heat players. This impressive 14-karat white gold size 12 ring is a ginormous 74 grams, containing approximately 150 real individually cut diamonds (5,26 carats.)”.

The statement above is completely erroneous and demonstrates the lack of research Paragon does.

Derek Anderson, was a player on that team but was waved before the championship was won. He received a player size championship ring that weighed 123.6 grams of gold – almost twice as heavy as the one Paragon is claiming is player sized.

I can’t stress enough the importance of research when buying championship rings. There’s a tremendous amount of misinformation out there.

Meanwhile, please remember as always, I buy championship rings. If you would like to do a private deal, and keep your privacy, please contact me about selling your championship ring.


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Vince Lombardi’s 1956 Giants Championship Ring Coming To Auction

December 26, 2016


The championship ring awarded to legendary NFL coach Vince Lombardi in 1956, will be among seven special lots featured in the upcoming SCP Auctions’ Winter Premier online auction, which begins the first week in January.


Vince Lombardi championship ring Giants 1956 championship rings


Vince Lombardi led his Green Bay Packers to a 98-30-4 record and five NFL championship titles from 1959 to 1968. His championships included big-margin victories in the first two Super Bowls.

Before Lombardi was the Packer head coach, he was an offensive assistant for the Giants in 1956 when New York demolished the Chicago Bears 47-7 at Yankee Stadium, to win their final title before the start of a three decade championship drought for the Giants.

The seven items were consigned by the late coach’s only son, Vince Lombardi Jr. The championship ring is made of 10-karat solid yellow gold and was awarded to Lombardi.

The other items that will be in the auction include a congratulatory telegram to Lombardi from President John F. Kennedy in 1961; a Packers’ 14-karat gold and diamond cufflink; a Patek Philippe wristwatch (also highly collecting) presented to the Packers coach on “George Halas Night” in 1968, and a Bulova watch gifted to Lombardi in 1968 before the Bishop’s Charities Game against the New York Giants.

Owning a player 1956 Giants championship ring and having examined others, this Lombardi ring looks to have been unworn as the one I own and others I have seen have a fair degree of wear on them. The championship rings that year were made by Dieges & Clust.

“It is truly an honor for SCP Auctions to put these items up for bid on behalf of the Lombardi Family,” SCP Auctions owner David Kohler said in a SCP news release. “We are pleased to share some of these mementos with serious football collectors,” Vince Lombardi Jr. said in the same news release.

Please remember I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring and avoid being in the spotlight, please contact me for a private transaction.


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