Archive for July, 2017

Championship Rings Aren’t the Kings at Upcoming Heritage “Platinum Night” Auction

July 31, 2017

It’s unusual that championship rings aren’t some of the featured items at a large sports-memorabilia auction; but in the upcoming Heritage Auction, championship rings are taking a back seat to other offerings:

Babe Ruth Sultan of Swat Award

I’m not affiliated with Heritage Auctions; I don’t work for them, or get anything from that company when I write about their auctions. Although I’ve managed to upset them over the years, when I occasionally call out some incomplete descriptions of auction items. Eventually those descriptions are modified so everyone, including the eventual winners of the championship rings are pleased and understand exactly what they’re acquiring.

I’m not selling any items in their upcoming auction and I’m not trying to help bid-up the prices, as I have no skin in the game. I’m just here to blog about the world of championship rings!

The Auction takes place August 19th – 20th, 2017, and my catalog arrived by mail over the weekend. The first thing I do when I receive an auction catalog is quickly go through the pages looking for championship rings I’d like to bid on. However, I was blown away by the quality (and quantity) of amazing items offered in this auction, including a rare “Sultan of Swat Award” crown originally awarded to Ernie Banks (as shown above).

While there are many championship rings offered in the upcoming auction, including many that will sell at very different pricing tiers, the main stars in this auction include historic game jersey’s belonging to legends such as Casey Stengel, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Roger Marris, Roberto Clemente and many other Hall of Famers.

If game-worn jerseys our not your thing, there are plenty of game used bats by Hall of Famers, many high-quality rare baseball cards, and plenty of awards such as a scout’s 1923 Yankee Solid Gold Pocket Watch, given to players, coaches, scouts and team executives before the Yankees started to award World Series Rings four seasons later.

There are plenty of World Series rings, Super Bowl rings, and other championship rings in this huge auction and over the next week or so, I’ll cover some of them in detail.

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

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Now That’s A Championship Ring Enthusiast!

July 29, 2017

He’s definitely a huge Cubs fan, but also must be a fan of championship rings too:

Cubs 2016 World Series Ring tattoo

A Chicago Cubs fan dedicated not only his back but also his entire head to show off his favorite team’s 2016 achievement.

David Eagan recently got a tattoo on the top of his head of the 2016 World Series Championship ring.

Earlier in April, he covered his entire back with a Wrigley Field tattoo.

Eagan explained that his tattoos are a sense of pride for him.

There aren’t too many people walking around with tattoos of championship rings but yes, there are a few out there who do.

Although I’m one of the biggest championship ring enthusiasts on the planet, I can’t imagine you’ll ever see championship ring tattoos on me. I have to draw the line somewhere.

Great job David! I hope the Cubs win more World Series Rings so you can add some more tattoos!

Please remember, I buy championship rings all the time. If you would like to sell your championship ring, please let me know. We will do the deal in complete privacy.

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Stolen Giants NFC Championship Ring Turns Up

July 27, 2017

There’s a lesson to be learned here, so listen up:

Stolen New York Giants 2000 NFC championship ring

Recently a New York Giants NFC Championship ring arrived at’s secure facility. The company employee, who is responsible to check on incoming items, noticed the seller’s name did not match the last name of the championship ring.

Turns out the Giants 2000 NFC championship ring belonged to Dave Maltese, the long-time Video Director of the Giants.

Since the last name inscribed on the ring did not match the name of the customer who sent it in, attempted to verify ownership of the diamond championship ring. After finding Maltese and notifying local Florida law enforcement, the company learned that the championship ring had recently been stolen.

When the police told Maltese that had released the championship ring and it would be returned to him, the veteran Giants employee was thrilled to get his prized championship ring returned. “I couldn’t believe it when I got the call. tracked me down before I even realized the ring was missing. I can’t thank them enough for reaching out so quickly and making sure I got my ring back,” said Maltese.

The lesson to be learned here is that owner’s of championship rings almost never sell to a gold-buying service. If you have an opportunity to purchase a championship ring from such a company, you really need to do your homework. If the police find you with a championship ring that is stolen, they will force you to return the championship ring and you will probably be out all of your money, unless the person you purchased the championship ring will reimburse you.

Those reimbursements are as rare as the championship rings we collectors seek.

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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Would You Buy This 1973 George Foreman Heavyweight Championship Ring?

July 26, 2017

I often say, buy a championship ring, but never buy a story. This Championship ring has more questions than answers:

George Foreman Boxing Championship ring

At first glance, it’s a nice-looking championship ring. But it has a story, and few answers.

According to the eBay seller, who’s asking $4,500.00 with a “Make Offer” , he writes in his eBay listing:

Down goes Frazier!!! Down goes Frazier!!!!!!
These words uttered in 1973 by sportscaster Howard Cosell
This ring is from George Foreman’s 1973 ascension to the heavyweight crown!
Was worn by a member of his entourage.
Not I repeat not a sample.
The date is engraved inside ring January 22 1973.
And there are the old Balfour 10k vintage hallmarks.
Ring weighs 29.7 grams a nice size for the times
And contains a .14 diamond.
Size is a 13
Ring is in beautiful vintage condition.
May not ever see another one.
A sample maybe but not the real deal.
The story I was given is that this was worn by noted heavyweight Chico venal
By boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
However there is no proof of this other than supposition.
Smiles so I sell it as worn by a member of his entourage.

While there is a “Balfour 10K” stamp inside the ring, it sadly reminds me of all those fake Irv Lerner Balfour rings with his imitation stamp. Irv was a piece of work, pumping out and selling loads of fake championship rings.

I’m unsure if this championship ring is authentic, since boxing rings can be designed and manufactured by anyone or any boxer in any amounts they choose.

And prices for boxing championship rings are low because collector demand is low with so much uncertainty in their creation and distribution.

Would you buy this championship ring? I wouldn’t.

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

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The Top 50 Super Bowl Rings Ranked

July 25, 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 45:

(Click picture below for a larger picture)New York Jets Super Bowl III Ring

Please note, I usually don’t show player’s names on Super Bowl rings, however, the championship ring photos seen above (with the player’s name) were part of a major sports memorabilia auction years ago, and besides, in this case, this is a common salesman sample ring.

Yes, I realize there are now 50 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 New York Jets one and only Super Bowl III from the 1968 season and it was made by Balfour, not Jostens.

The Jets became the first AFC team to defeat a mighty NFL opponent and win a Super Bowl ring. Many feel this game gave the impending NFL/AFL merger legitimacy and helped to grow the Super Bowl to eventually become the biggest annual sporting event of the year.

Although the photo above is dark, the sapphire stone above is actually green, not black so that it matches the team colors somewhat (the Jets official logo green was lighter).

While this Super Bowl ring is historic and highly sought out by collectors, the top of this championship ring is not one of the nicer designs that we see with Super Bowl rings. Balfour at this time, tended to engrave the last names in a rather lackluster way as you can see from above. The sides of the ring contains some terrific images but no Lombardi trophy.

Incidentally, someday, if and when Joe Namath’s Super Bowl ring comes to auction, it would easily shatter the $300,000 price range which would break the records we have seen for football championship rings. Perhaps like Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring, this one could hit the million dollar mark.

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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