Archive for January, 2017

A Painting Company, Super Bowl Rings and Roger Goodell

January 30, 2017


Did you every think those three items would be grouped together? Well here’s why they are:


New England Super Bowl rings and Roger Goodell


Dennis Moffit Painting (a.k.a. DMP) is a painting company located in New England and they were looking for their next mural to help market their talents.

They came up with the beautiful and timely mural, shown above and painted on the side of a local building. You’ll notice the good-old middle finger is missing a Super Bowl ring as many Pats fans feel that giving Goodell the middle finger is appropriate. You can learn more about the company by visiting their website. Their URL is part of the mural shown above.

There’s been talk about the chance that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, perhaps the most hated man in New England, may have to award the Super Bowl trophy to Pats owner Robert Kraft, or Bill Belichick, or Tom Brady.

Goodell was recently quoted as saying it would be an honor to award the trophy to Brady, but I’m unsure if he touched on how he felt about Kraft and Belichick.

This week I’m visiting the bank and taking out my Super Bowl rings and AFC/NFC championship rings and will be photographing and blogging about the Falcon’s one NFC championship ring from 1998 and the eight championship rings (four Super Bowl rings and four AFC championship rings) the Patriots have won. Great photos will be part of the blogs this week.

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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John Mackey Championship Ring on eBay

January 28, 2017


John Mackey was a great player, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, and when he was well, one of the nicest people you could ever meet:


John Mackey NFL Alumni Championship Ring


Combing eBay, searching for championship rings as I often do, I stumbled upon this John Mackey NFL Player’s Association Championship Ring for sale.

It brought back memories of meeting John and his amazing wife Sylvia (shown in a picture below).


John Mackey Colts Super Bowl V ring


John was fighting dementia for many years and his wife Sylvia became his full-time, tireless helper. Because of her, his final years were as pain-free and enjoyable as possible.

As I recall, during those final years and even after his death in 2011, she became an outspoken critic of the NFL’s policy of head trauma, and the need for the NFL to step up and help retired players.

If you had the pleasure of meeting John Mackey, then you know how he would take off his Super Bowl V ring and let you place it on your finger and snap some photos (this happening before the selfie revolution).

As a super bowl champion, and Pro Football Hall of Famer, John could often been seen at functions wearing his Super Bowl V ring and his Pro Football Hall of Fame Championship ring.

The NFL alumni championship ring on eBay works a little different than a Super Bowl ring or Pro Football Hall of Fame ring. The player can order as many of these as he likes. The championship rings can contain diamonds but often doesn’t. The player pays for the Alumni Championship ring and he has different styles and gold content and diamond content to choose from.

The championship ring offered on eBay could be his one and only, or it could have been purchased many years ago by him and discarded, lost, replaced, or sold off a very long time ago.

Please remember, I buy championship rings all the time (sorry, no Alumni Championship rings). If you would like to sell your championship ring in private, please let me know.


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Yankees World Series ring stolen from Felix Hernandez was a replica

January 27, 2017


The Seattle pitcher did nothing wrong, but it highlights how badly Hernandez wants his own World Series Ring:


Hernandez stolen 2000 Yankees World Series ring


No, it’s not Jose Canseco’s or Luis Sojo’s championship ring, or a World Series ring that had sold at auction.

Turns out Hernandez’s stolen championship ring was one of the 18,000 World Series replica rings given away to fans 14 and younger before a Yankees vs. Mariners baseball game in New York.

How he obtained the replica 2000 World Series ring is unclear, it was supposed to be given to the first 18,000 kids attending a New York Yankees home game.

The reported theft raised eyebrows and caused a stir when it was reported that one of the items found stolen from Hernandez in a major burglary was a 2000 Yankees World Series ring.

When the championship ring was recovered, Bellevue police wouldn’t allow reporters to see the other side of the championship ring, which would’ve been engraved with a player’s name, speculation of whose it might be ran rampant.

Although quite unusual, it’s happened before where an active or retired player has acquired someone else’s championship ring legally.

According to the New York Daily News, which obtained pictures of the engraved side of the championship ring, they verified that it was a replica version, given away on July 19, 2015, a 2-1 Yankees win over the Mariners.

It turns out that this 2000 World Series ring contained the name “BETTERIDGE est. 1897,” on the side of the ring. Betteridge Jewelers were the makers of the replica championship rings.

It’s unclear whether Bellevue Police accounted for the ring valuing at less than $30, rather than $36,000 when they estimated the total value of the burglary was close to $3 million.

Please remember, I buy championship rings, just not replicas, giveaways, or salesman sample championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.


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Vince Lombardi’s 1956 Championship Ring Sells For $50,131 at Auction

January 26, 2017


Vince Lombardi still resonates with Sports Memorabilia collectors. The championship ring shown below, and six additional Lombardi items sold for a total of $127,599:


Giants 1956 championship ring and Vince Lombardi championship rings


The top seller in SCP’s auction was Vince Lombardi’s 1956 New York Giants World Championship ring, which sold for $50,131. No surprise there. Vince Lombardi, before becoming the legendary head coach of the Green Bay Packers, was an assistant coach with the Giants.

“The auction did well overall and the final tally of the Lombardi Collection came in higher than expected,” said Terry Melia of SCP Auctions. “The two items that far exceeded expectations were the Patek Philippe wristwatch and the JFK telegram. Combined, they brought in $3,000 more than we originally estimated. These were all outstanding final prices realized.”

The items were put up for sale by Vince Lombardi Jr., who said they were in a safe deposit box “collecting dust.” For Now, Lombardi Jr. is holding on to those two first Super Bowl rings that his father was awarded. Someday if we ever see those two Super Bowl rings in an auction, they will go for seven figures each.

The SCP online auction ended on January 21 and the final selling prices for the Lombardi items were:

  • 1956 New York Giants World Champion 10-karat gold ring, $50,131.

  • 1968 George Halas Night Patek Philippe gold wristwatch, $28,558.

  • 1961 congratulatory telegram from President John Kennedy, $17,899.

  • 1960′s Green Bay Packers 14-karat gold and diamond cuff link, $10,010.

  • Packers 14-karat gold and diamond pendant, $7,337.

  • 1968 Bishop’s Charity-Game Bulova watch, $7,332.

  • 1957 New York Giants handwritten playbook with personalized notes, $6,332.

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


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  • NFL Auctions To Feature Van Miller Championship Rings

    January 25, 2017


    Sports memorabilia from the “Voice of the Buffalo Bills”, WIVB’s Radio’s Van Miller, will be offered in an auction as part of the Super Bowl NFL Experience next weekend.


    Van Miller Buffalo Bills Championship Rings


    The auction takes place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, site of the upcoming Super Bowl game.

    Van Miller’s 1964 and 1965 AFC Championship rings from the pre-NFL merger, and his 1991 AFC championship rings are among the items to be auctioned.

    Additionally Van Miller’s Buffalo Bills “Honor Roll” Hall of Fame ring will be for sale as well.

    If you want something other than championship rings, check out Van’s custom made 1989 Chrysler Maserati TC convertible that is also available to the highest bidder.

    Other items on the auction block are from the personal collection of Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre, but I’m sorry to report, none of his championship rings are in the auction.

    More than 750 items will be available for viewing Saturday, Jan. 28 through Saturday, Feb. 4 if you are in Houston.

    Bids cam be made in person, via phone or online during the live auction. To learn more about the auction or to participate, visit huntauctions.com.

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


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