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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