Archive for June, 2017

A Football Championship Ring Offered At A Very Fair Price

June 23, 2017


Saw this nice-looking, well-priced Championship Ring for sale eBay this week. How rare is that!


Detroit Drive AFL Arena Football championship ring


I am not affiliated with this Arena Football Championship ring, or the seller. I’m just here to blog as much as I can about the world of championship rings.

This player ring is a beauty, and with an asking price under $3,000.00 and the seller looking for offers, it looks as if this championship ring will sell at a fair and realistic price.

According to internet sources, here’s what I learned about the team, the Detroit Drive:

The Drive was an Arena Football League team and like we’re seeing with today’s New ENgland Patriots in the NFL, the Drive was a true championship dynasty. The Drive, started as an expansion team during the AFL’s second season. During the six seasons they played in Detroit, the Drive appeared in the AFL championship game in all six seasons they competed. They won the championship four times (1988, 1989, 1990 and 1992) and compiled a regular season & playoff record of 58-12 in six seasons – an amazing 83% winning percentage. The team’s two championship losses in 1991 and 1993 both came against the Tampa Bay Storm.

The owner of the Drive was Little Caesar’s pizza owner Mike Ilitch, who also owned the NHL’s historic Detroit Red Wings. The Drive drew quite well, averaging over 14,000 fans per game at Joe Louis Arena over their six seasons. When Ilitch purchased the Detroit Tigers in 1993 he realized the Drive was competition for the Tigers during the spring and summer months. So Ilitch sold the Drive to Joseph O’Hara in 1994, and O’Hara moved the franchise to Worcester, Massachusetts. When the team moved, it played one season as the Massachusetts Marauders in 1994 and then went out of business.

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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A Superbowl Ring Shirt that “Can’t Handle The Truth”

June 22, 2017


Most championship ring enthusiasts love a good tee-shirt that shows off some stunning rings. Here’s a new shirt that falls very short:


New England Patriots Super Bowl ring tee shirt


The truth is that most tee shirt designers who incorporate a team’s championship rings into their product, aren’t allowed to use the actual ring images.

Somehow, some do. After all, just go on eBay or Twitter and you’ll see many sellers who import fake look-alike championship rings and sell them for very inexpensive prices. How they get away with this boggles my mind.

With that same mindset, there are championship ring tee shirts available that either nail the actual image of the championship rings, or get very close.

Somehow, the tee shirt shown above fails to get close to what the five Patriot Super Bowl rings actually look like.

And that’s a shame….

Please remember, I buy championship rings all the time. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy please contact me. As long as your championship ring looks better than the ones shown above.


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The Top 50 Super Bowl Rings Ranked

June 21, 2017


My newest themed Championship Ring Column, the ranking all 50 Super Bowl rings from worst to first continues – We’re now up to number 46:


Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl IV ring


Please note, I usually don’t show player’s names on Super Bowl rings, however, the championship ring seen above (with the player’s name) was part of a major sports memorabilia auction nine years ago and the name and photograph above was released by the auction house to the public.

Yes, I realize there are now 51 Super Bowl rings, however, when I started this blog series there were 50. And since I probably won’t own or get my hands on a Super Bowl 51 ring anytime soon, I’ll stick with he first 50 championship rings for this series.

The Super Bowl ring shown above is 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 don’t 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 Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl IV from the 1969 season.

The Chiefs became the second AFC team in a row to defeat a mighty NFL opponent (the Jets being the first) to win a Super Bowl ring. I believe this was the last Super Bowl played before the two leagues officially merged into one league. Here’s some of things I don’t like about this championship ring:

Whoever designed this Super Bowl ring apparently had little concern for keeping the aspect ratio (the ratio of width to height of an image) realistic. The football shaped diamonds seen on the top of the ring, is not really shaped like a football – obviously it’s way too plump. The other squished image on the championship ring is the world map. Round would have been nicer, but perhaps this was designed this way to show a small part of the Lombardi trophy that can been seen (a little) behind the world image.

Another odd image is the crown found on the other shank. Not only is the crown strange-looking, the three sets of numbers, “62″, 69″, and “66″ which represent the team’s championship seasons are in an unattractive and hard to read type style. Curving the numbers into a circle makes matters worse.

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 player 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.

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New Photographs Emerge of Falcons NFC Championship Ring

June 20, 2017


Oliver, a great friend and contributor to this blog, found new pictures of the Falcons 2016 NFC Championship ring:


(Click picture below for a larger picture)2016 Falcons NFC championship Ring


Having gone through the yearly ritual for a long time, this year is different than past ones. Every June, either the ring manufacturer, or football team, or media, release stunning new pictures of the Super Bowl ring and also the AFC or NFC championship ring that the losing team is awarded.

As usual, the Patriots did their part this year, having Jostens and the Patriots organization show off their latest and greatest Super Bowl ring.

But this year, getting pictures of the Falcons 2016 NFC championship ring has been a challenge. The ring company and team have not released any Press details or photos of the ring, and frankly, the players and coaching staff, have done very little on social media to show the world their new championship ring.

No doubt the reason the Falcons ring has received so little attention, and photographs are so hard to come by, is that the team, who once seemed to have an insurmountable lead into the start of the third quarter of the Super Bowl, came up on the losing end.

I believe in time, this NFC championship ring will be easy to acquire because to many of the Falcon players, this great-looking championship ring will be a bitter reminder of what could have been a Super Bowl winning ring.

Thanks again, Oliver. With your help, this blog and its readers can now finally see the two sides of this championship ring!

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


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Bill Belichick’s Ten Championship Rings

June 19, 2017


This Blog’s covered the newest Patriot Super Bowl ring in enough detail, it’s time to move on. Before we do, look at the photo I found on the internet over the weekend:


Bill Belichick's Ten Championship rings and Super Bowl rings


While most NFL football fans are not enamored with Bill Belichick and the Patriots, this is a championship ring blog, so when this photograph appeared recently on Twitter, I knew this blog needed to write about it.

It was taken at the same time another version hit the internet recently. However this version shows Bill’s ten championship rings in focus.

You can clearly see eight of his championship rings in the photo – six winning Super Bowl rings, and two Patriot AFC rings (awarded when the Patriots played in the Super Bowl but lost).

The two remaining rings are hard to see, however I can point them out: The ring in the lower middle, that’s yellow gold, is hard to see. It’s his first Championship ring with the Pats. It’s from the 1996 season when the Patriots lost to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXI. Bill Parcels was the head coach and Bill Belichick was the defensive coordinator.

The other hard-to-see Super Bowl ring in the photo is all the way on the right, where you can only see the side of the ring. It’s the Giants Super Bowl XXV ring, where once again, Parcells was the head coach and Belichick was the defensive coordinator.

The only other Super Bowl ring in the photo that’s not a Patriots championship ring is on the far left – the Giants Super Bowl XXI ring, where Belichick was again the defensive coordinator.

Not only is Belichick a great coach, but as you can see in the photo, he’s very organized and symmetrical. The Giant Super Bowl rings are bookends for the other championship rings and that first Patriots championship ring where Belichick wasn’t the head coach is on the outside of the core of his other championship rings.

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