Archive for June, 2017

$50,000 For A Fan-Version Cubs World Series Ring?

June 30, 2017

The seller is hoping a completely misinformed Cubs fan, or a fool looking for a good investment, sees this eBay listing:

(Click picture below for a larger picture)Chicago Cubs fans 2016 World Series Rings

As we know, a seller has the right to ask any amount of money they want to. And in fairness to this ebay seller, they’re accepting offers below the $50,000 asking price.

But $50,000? I guarantee they won’t sell this 2016 World Series ring, shown above, for anything but a fraction of their asking price.

Let’s shed some light on this championship ring and explain where it came from.

First off, it’s not a player’s World Series ring. It’s not as large, or diamond-filled as the version that players received.

The World Series ring was produced by Jostens for fans and championship ring enthusiasts. Jostens produced and sold out of these 108 stunning rings relatively quickly. Buyers were able to order the rings with their last names on the shank of the ring, just like the player’s version. This championship ring came with 143 diamonds, 55 sapphires and 13 rubies and weighed in at 75 grams.

I’ve purchased Jostens fans rings in the past, and they’re beautiful and a lot of fun. Typically they used to cost about $3,000 – $4,000.00 each and they too, had my last name engraved on the ring. The Cubs fan version,shown above cost $10,800.00.

Usually these fan championship rings go lower in value and are hard to sell. Like the fan rings before the Cubs version, I expect the 2016 Cubs fan ring to fall in resale value over time. However, this seller is asking $50,000.00. Good luck selling this item!

Meanwhile, please remember, I buy authentic, player-sized championship rings all the time. If you would like to sell your championship ring, in complete privacy, please contact me.

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What’s Wrong With This Super Bowl Ring Photograph?

June 29, 2017

Knowledgeable Championship Ring Collectors Can See The Inaccuracies Right Away. Can You?

Denver Broncos Super Bowl rings

The promotional piece shown above was on the internet recently. Does it imply that Diamond Cutters International, manufactured all three official Super Bowl rings of the Denver Broncos?

While Diamond Cutters International did in fact craft the Broncos first Super Bowl ring (shown on the far left), the Broncos used Jostens to make their last two Super Bowl rings.

Jostens, Balfour, and Tiffany have all made numerous Super Bowl rings for NFL teams over the years. Diamond Cutters made a Super Bowl rings for the Cowboys (Super Bowl XXX) and the Broncos (Super Bowl XXXII). I don’t recall them making any other Super Bowl rings.

Of all the Super Bowl rings I come in contact with, the most difficult one to authenticate is the Broncos Super Bowl XXXII ring. The reason is that the sides of the rings contain engraving that in my opinion is very sub-standard when compared to Jostens, Tiffany, and Balfour championship rings. Frankly, in my humble opinion, the Broncos Super Bowl XXXII ring looks like it’s a copy and not a real Super Bowl ring. Perhaps this is one of the reasons, that the following season, when the Broncos repeated as Super Bowl champions, they switched championship ring manufacturers to Jostens. Then the Broncos stayed with Jostens again for their latest Super Bowl ring.

Shown below is a photograph of the first two Broncos Super Bowl rings. The championship ring on the left was made by Diamond Cutters International. The championship ring on the right was made one year later by Jostens. In your opinion, which Super Bowl ring looks nicer? Could you see where someone could think the Super Bowl XXXII ring on the left is a copy and not original? Keep in mind, the ring on the left is not worn-down; every single Super Bowl XXXII ring I’ve seen looks like this.

Denver Broncos Superbowl rings

The middle Super Bowl ring shown in the Diamond Cutters International ring is not the Broncos official Super Bowl ring made by Jostens. It’s close, but the little diamonds in the horse heads give away that it is not the official ring.

The Super Bowl ring on the far right in the promotional photo is way off, and again not a Jostens Super Bowl ring. The authentic Super Bowl ring from Super Bowl 50 is shown below:

Denver Broncos Super Bowl rings

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Charlie Sheen Admits He Owns Babe Ruth World Series Ring At Auction

June 28, 2017

Actor and famous bad-boy, Charlie Sheen revealed that he’s the current owner of Yankee-great Babe Ruth’s original 1927 World Series ring that is currently being auctioned.

Charlie Sheen 1927 Babe Ruth 1927 Yankee World Series ring

In addition to the iconic championship ring, Sheen is also selling in the same auction, the contract that sent Ruth from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees way back in 1919. The two items are expected to sell for more than $1 million in total. Bidding closes this Friday at the auction company

“I’ve enjoyed these incredible items for more than two decades and the time has come,” Sheen told ESPN on Monday. “Whatever price it brings is gravy.”

Sheen told ESPN he doesn’t remember how much he paid for the Ruth items. Josh Evans, owner of Lelands, and a long-time trusted sports memorabilia advisor for Sheen, is the person who sold the items to Sheen originally.

As of Tuesday morning, 20 bids were placed on Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring, with the highest amount at $611,590, which, according to ESPN, means this will become the highest-priced championship ring ever sold. Ruth won the World Series seven times. The first three with the Red Sox, the last four with the Yankees. Although the 1927 title was his fourth World Series championship, this is the first World Series ring Ruth was awarded as the practice of handing out championship rings were not common before 1927. Ruth earned two more World Series rings after 1927, so this is truly Ruth’s first World Series ring.

Fifteen bids were placed on the historic contract—the highest being $379,749. The Red Sox’s copy of the six-page deal sold in 2004 for $996,000.

Lelands states that the 1927 Ruth World Series ring “without a doubt the finest piece” of anything they have sold in 50 years. And the as for the contract, Lelands proclaims it “changed the game of baseball, the world of sports, and our world, simultaneously.”

Please remember, I buy championship rings all the time. If you have a championship ring you would like to sell and want more privacy on this matter than Charlie Sheen is enjoying, please contact me.

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Former Teammates Pay To Replace Jim Kiick’s Lost Super Bowl Ring

June 27, 2017

Shown below are the two Miami Dolphin back-to-back Super Bowl rings awarded to the team during the 1972 and 1973 seasons:

Miami Dolphins Superbowl VII and Super Bowl VIII rings for Jim Kiick

In a classy and special gesture, made to a struggling teammate, former Dolphin players presented Jim Kiick with another Super Bowl ring.

Former Miami Dolphins running back Jim Kiick has been missing his championship ring from Super Bowl VIII for many years (the championship ring pictured on the right).

According to Barry Jackson, a writer for the newspaper The Miami Herald, the Dolphins organization and some of his former teammates stepped up in an attempt to fix this matter.

The Miami Dolphins gave Kiick a new Super Bowl ring a few weeks ago. However, the new championship ring turned out to be a replica of the Super Bowl VII ring, which the Kiick family still has (pictured on the left).

The Dolphin Super Bowl VII ring is considered very special, as it capped and celebrated the team’s undefeated 1972 season.

“It was nice to get it,” Kiick said. “Now I have two. The [Super Bowl] ring was more important than the money.”

Kiick spent most of his seven-year career with the Dolphins. He earned two Pro Bowls appearances in 1968 and 1969 and led the AFL with nine rushing touchdowns in 1969.

Kiick has been dealing with mental impairment and is in an assisted living facility. According to a recent Sports Illustrated story by S.L. Price, Kiick is struggling with dementia. However, Kiick disputed the severity of his situation as was written in the article.

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Willie Stargell’s 1979 World Series Ring Sells for $82,852.80

June 26, 2017

Last month this championship ring blog wrote that Stargell’s family was feuding over how Willie’s second wife was selling his prized sports possessions:

Willie Stargell SCP 1979 World Series Ring Auction

Now we know how his World Series ring and other awards and memorabilia fared at auction:

During Stargell’s twenty season career with the Pirates, he was a seven time all star, and two time World Series Champion. Of his two World Series rings (1971 and 1979), SCP auctioned his 1979 championship ring. No word was given why his 1971 World Series ring was not part of the auction.

To add even more value to Stargell’s 1979 World Series ring, he was the World Series MVP for the October Classic.

Stargell was a beloved Pirate and inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1988 so it’s no surprise his World Series ring sold for so much money.

The Pirates 1979 World Series ring is considered tiny by today’s championship ring standards. It was designed and crafted by Jostens in 10K solid yellow gold and weighs 32 grams. Today’s World series are 2-3 times as massive.

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