February 27, 2017
Here’s my newest themed Championship Ring Column – the ranking all 50 Super Bowl rings from worst to first: We’re now up to number 49:
The Super Bowl ring shown above is absolutely one of my least favorite among the 50. Sooner or later we’ll get the best of the best, but for now we’re starting at the bottom and working our way up.
Before we get into details about the championship ring shown above, I just want to review the ranking process:
The Super Bowl ring ranking has absolutely nothing to do with my affection or non-affection to the team or players the championship ring was awarded to. The ranking of these Super Bowl rings also have nothing to do with the team’s season or the specific title game either. The ranking is based solely on the championship ring design.
Last, I probably do not spend enough time on many of my championship ring blogs discussing the shanks (sides of the championship rings) but in this ongoing blog series that will contribute to the rankings too.
The Super Bowl ring shown above is the Miami Dolphins 1973 Super Bowl VIII ring.
What a difference a year makes it! The previous season, the Dolphins were the only and still are the only team in NFL history (since the merger) to go undefeated in both the regular season and the playoffs. While their first one, the Super Bowl VII ring is quite nice, the championship ring we are discussing today is much lower on my rankings.
The major issue I have with this championship ring is the silly looking gold oval shape item that is clearly seen beneath the two large diamonds. Obviously the two diamonds symbolize the two Super Bowl championships, but that piece of metal really makes the top of the Super Bowl ring look odd.
Next, the two sides: While the Dolphin logo is nicely done in team colors using enamel paint, the other side of that Super Bowl ring is not up to par. The Lombardi trophy looks terrific, but the two flags or banners on the ring just do not look good.
One of my favorite features of this Super Bowl ring (see I found something positive) is rarely seen in championship rings but is a very nice touch: Each recipient’s championship ring contains a replica of their unique signature inside the band of the ring.
Please keep in mind that I collect Super Bowl rings and acquiring a player’s version of this championship ring was not easy – few of them have been offered to the public. It was an important acquisition and I’m thrilled to own this Super Bowl ring. Some Super Bowl rings have to be ranked low and this one in my opinion is one of them. However, it doesn’t take away from the tremendous pride the players, coaching staff, and executives feel when being awarded this or any other Super Bowl ring.
Please remember, I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.