March 18, 2017


For almost 60 years, Lewis Woodruff’s family wondered what happened to the championship ring shown below.


Texas Tech Yellow Jackets 1952 championship ring


It belonged to the late Georgia Tech assistant coach who was awarded it when the Yellow Jackets’ 1952 team went 12-0, and won a share of the National Championship.

Now his family finally knows it’s whereabouts, and that it’s being auctioned.

Lewis Woodruff Jr., the son of the late assistant coach said the championship ring was stolen in a home robbery when he was just toddler. It remained a mystery until Wednesday, when media reported the championship ring was in a Lelands auction.

Woodruff contacted Lelands, and the auction company has offered him a share of the championship ring’s sale. Woodruff acknowledged that, without any proof that it was once stolen, it would be difficult to make a claim on it.

“Of course, God only knows where the police report is,” Woodruff said. (Note, I’m not sure if Woodruff realizes the police hold on to copies of police reports indefinitely, and if found, the ownership of this championship ring belongs to the family).

Bidding on the championship ring closes Friday evening but extended bidding has kept it active until the early hours of Saturday morning.

The opening bid was $300 on February 20, and as of Friday afternoon was $3,570. Early Saturday morning, the championship ring is at $6,325.00 and with the 20% buyers premium, the ring will sell for $7,590.00 if no additional bids are received.

Always remember, I buy championship rings so if you would like to sell your championship ring in privacy, please contact me.


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