Archive for February, 2017 – The Best Championship Ring Blog, Wins A Cool Award

February 18, 2017

Recently this blog was named a Top 40 Ring Blog and here’s why you should care:

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I don’t write a championship-ring blog five days a week (give or take a day here and there) because I have an ego. And I don’t write the championship-ring blog for fortune or fame.

Regarding proof my ego is in check, when a well-known TV show or news organization calls on me for a story about championship rings I always turn them down (and believe me some organizations we all know have requested to do stories about me and my championship rings.) Although I do often write columns for Gridiron Greats Magazine, but that’s more about the history of football than it is about me and my championship ring collection.

I write this blog to speak about championship rings, to alert championship ring collectors of issues in the market place, and most of all to have some fun!

I was recently contacted by the website because they had selected me to their top 40 rankings of the best ring blogs. In a way, it’s like winning an award from your parents because, as it turns out, I am the only Championship ring blog out there!

Now, don’t get me wrong, the other 39 blogs on their listing are terrific blogs too, they just deal more with Jewelry and diamonds then championship rings.

Here’s the part why you should care: ranks many different types of blogs across many different industries and hobbies. As someone who writes a monthly marketing newsletter (not a blog, but a real multiple page newsletter) I will find to be a huge resource in helping me in finding interesting topics to write about because, it turns out they have Business and Marketing blog rankings too.

Check out their Blog rankings in the likely event you follow other topics as I do. Here’s a link to their website:

Meanwhile, I’ve asked them to start a Top 40 ranking of Sports Memorabilia blogs and to please include in that ranking too!

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

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The Only Two Players In The World Who Have Five Super Bowl Rings

February 16, 2017

Yesterday this championship ring blog reported about five player-sized Super Bowl rings for sale on eBay. Let’s continuing the theme of five Super Bowl rings…..

the two players with 5 Super Bowl rings

Today’s blog is about the only two players who have won five Super Bowl rings as players.

Neither football player needs an introduction. Tom Brady just won his fifth Super Bowl ring and joins Charles Hailey in this exclusive club.

Brady no doubt will be inducted into the Pro-Football Hall of Fame as soon as he’s eligible. Haley has been inducted into both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame.

Haley, who played 14 seasons with the Cowboys and 49ers, was a fourth round NFL pick, while Brady was a sixth round pick. Think about what that says for all the time and energy NFL scouts and fans spend analyzing picks before each NFL draft begins.

With 51 Super Bowls played, each player owns about 10% of the Super Bowl rings ever awarded. If you combine their two collections, they would have 20% of every Super Bowl ring, even though neither won a Super Bowl ring before Super Bowl XXIII.

Each of their ten championships are shown above.

The scary part of this equation (especially for me since I root hard for one the Pats rivals) is that Brady wants to play into his mid 40′s, so it is entirely possible he can surpass Haley and win even more Super Bowl rings.

Please remember I buy championship rings, so if you would like to conduct a private deal and sell your championship ring, please get in touch with me.

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Have Unlimited Funds? You Can Quick Start Your Super Bowl Ring Collection

February 15, 2017

It’s not easy building a Super Bowl or Championship Ring collection. With about $224,500 (perhaps a little less), you can immediately acquire 10% of the player-size Super Bowl rings that have been issued since the start of the Super Bowl:

championship rings and super bowl rings for sale on eBay

Searching eBay daily as I do, I was struck by the fact that there’re presently five player-size Super Bowl rings for sale at the moment. Sometimes you’re lucky to find one, and on rare occasions two, but over the last week or two, I’ve noticed the five quality Super Bowl rings for sale. They’re pictured above.

None of the five Super Bowl rings are mine, and I’m not affiliated with the sellers. The two most recent Giant Super Bowl rings for sale are player size versions, however, they’re not player rings, they belonged to a front office executive. I believe only one of them comes with the proper wood presentation box, the other, presentation box is not included. Keep in mind it’s harder to find the presentation boxes for sale than it is to find the championship ring, so if you buy a championship ring without the presentation box, it’s highly likely you will never acquire the box, and that hurts the resale value of the championship ring. Also know that many earlier championship rings (many before the 1980s and some after that) did not come with a wood presentation box at all.

The remaining three Super Bowl rings shown in the photo are player’s rings.

While some quick math shows that it would take $224,500 to acquire all five Super Bowl rings with the “buy it now function”, at least you would be 10% closer to acquiring every single winning Super Bowl ring. That means if you’re goal is to acquire all fifty Super Bowl rings, you can realistically expect that it could take around two million dollars to do so.

In fairness to the sellers, each of the five Super Bowl rings have invoked the “or Best Offer” option meaning they are willing to take less money. That could mean a very tiny discount, or perhaps a lot more. I do know that I tried to purchase the two Giant rings last year as did a prominent championship ring dealer I know. The seller was willing to come down quite a lot, but his discounted asking price was still not realistic due to the fact they are not player rings and one of them does not contain the wood presentation box.

My feeling is that those two Giant rings will be for sale for a long – long time.

Last, please don’t write to me asking if the five championship rings are a good deal or what they should sell for. Championship ring sales, especially Super Bowl rings sales, have been very up and down lately (like a crazy roller coaster ride). Do your research and see what Super Bowl rings have been selling for lately at auction and then determine what you think a fair selling price is. Keep in mind, and I always remind sellers of championship rings of this fact: had they put the item in a major auction house, after all auction fees they can expect a check from the auction company for around 70% of the final selling price (the percentage can vary due to many circumstances).

That means that if a Super Bowl ring sells at an auction house for $35,000, (some sell higher than this and some lower) and the auction company offers 70% to the seller, the consigner can expect a check of around $24,500.

Please remember I buy championship rings all the time (just at realistic and fair prices). If you would like to sell your championship ring in private, please contact me.

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The Top 50 Super Bowl Rings Ranked

February 13, 2017

Here’s my newest themed Championship Ring Column – ranking all 50 Super Bowl rings from worst to first: Here’s the worst… number 50:

(Click picture below for a larger picture)Washington Redskins Super Bowl XXII 1987 Ring

The Super Bowl ring shown above is 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 has 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 Washington Redskins 1987 Super Bowl XXII ring.

The major issue I have with this championship ring is that Tiffany, who designed and manufactured this ring, did in my opinion, an awful job with the two diamond Lombardi trophies shown on the top. As the photograph shows, the Lombardi trophies look like clumps of diamonds and the outline (or shape) is not tight. Those trophies look like something you would see in a cheap replica ring, not an authentic Super Bowl ring.

Compounding the problem with this championship ring, are the red rubies that surround the diamond-shaped football area. The prongs that are used to hold each red ruby is enormous and takes away from the teams official color. They should have used much smaller prongs to house each ruby so that the red stones would have stood out better, or perhaps, they should have used a single solid burgundy-red onyx stone instead. The solid onyx stone would have helped the diamonds stand out much better.

Last, the shanks are ruined by the sterile background on each side of the Super Bowl ring.

Please keep in mind that I collect Super Bowl rings and acquiring a player’s version of this championship ring was an important acquisition and I’m thrilled to own this Super Bowl ring. One Super Bowl ring had to be ranked lowest, and this one is it in my opinion is it. However, it does not 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.

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Buffalo Bills Radio Voice – Van Miller’s Championship Rings Sell At Auction

February 11, 2017

Auctioneer Dave Hunt says, “the Van Miller items were very well received with the championship rings performing the best among the group.”

Buffalo Bills Van Miller championship rings

The annual Hunt Super Bowl auction took place the day before the Super Bowl, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. The auction was not far from the site where Super Bowl LI was played.

Van Miller’s 1964 and 1965 AFC Championship rings are from the pre-NFL merger, and his 1991 AFC championship ring, after the merger, were not his only possessions that were auctioned.

Additionally, Van Miller’s Buffalo Bills 2013 “Honor Roll” Hall of Fame ring sold as well (shown above).

Final sale prices for the championship rings were:

  • 1964 Buffalo Bills AFL championship ring, $12,650
  • 1965 Buffalo Bills AFL championship ring, $8,050
  • 1991 Buffalo Bills AFC championship ring, $6,325
  • 2013 Van Miller Buffalo Bills “Honor Roll” 14K gold ring, $3,162.50

The prices realized include all bidding fees and the pricing was strong considering these were non player championship rings. The final selling prices were helped by the fact that the championship rings were identical in size to the player’s championship rings, contained solid gold and diamonds, and that Van Miller was such as well-known part of the Bills organization.

Please remember, I buy championship rings. If you would like to avoid the notoriety of auctions and do a private deal, please contact me to sell your championship ring.

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