July 10, 2017

Continuing my slow but steady blog series about championship rings from each Super Bowl, here’s a review of the championship rings from Super Bowl XLIV:

Super Bowl rings from Super BOwl XLIV 2009 **photo description here**

I’m sorry that’s been so long since I last wrote a new installment on each Super Bowl ring, there’s been a lot of other championship ring items to blog about.

I’m also apologizing, that the pictures of the incredible championship rings displayed above, show my web address.   It’s not done for self promotion….

If I didn’t include the web-address, other web sites would steal my images, especially the sellers on ebay, who appear over-night and offer cheap championship rings from China.   Championship ring collectors and enthusiasts wonder why Jostens, Balfour, and now Tiffany, allow this to happen!   I wonder too, and It appears that no one has an answer as to why these offerings continue. It’s a shame (or perhaps an opportunity for championship ring fans depending upon their perspective).

The replicas from China don’t look as special as authentic championship rings, and the quality varies tremendously from vendor to vendor.   These sellers display photos of real championship rings and then have the “inflated balls” to claim the pictures are of their very own replica championship rings!

Almost every photograph in my Super Bowl ring blogs are taken by me, from my own championship ring collection.   As readers and collectors know by my many blogs, these championship rings are very rare and only a few championship rings are available for sale in the hobby.   That means that the two specific Super Bowl rings are seldom (if ever) photographed together from a particular Super Bowl game.

When I do post pictures that are found on the internet, I won’t place my web-site in the image.

The ring on the left is the New Orleans first and only Super Bowl Ring from their 2009 season. Sadly for championship ring traditionalists, this was the last Super Bowl ring made in solid yellow gold. While the shift had been changing from yellow to white gold on most championship rings, the Saints smartly choose to honor the team’s colors by using yellow gold. This beautiful and average-size to small championship ring was designed and manufactured by Tiffany and Company.

The 2009 Super Bowl ring is made of solid 14K yellow gold and the player version weighs 57 grams, which is an incredible reduction in weight from the Steelers Super Bowl ring from the year before that weighted in at almost twice as heavy (105 grams).

The Saints diamond covered rings boasts a very modest small center diamond as you can see above, which symbolizes the team’s first Super Bowl title. Most first-time Super Bowl winning rings do have a diamond larger in size.

One of my favorite features of the Saints Super Bowl ring is the musical notes seen on the side of the championship rings. It happens that those musical notes are the actual notes from “When the Saints Go Marching In”.

Only a couple of Saint player Super Bowl rings have sold publicly. The last bringing $44,812 at a Heritage auction. In typical form, Paragon, a small auction company with a limited marketing presence, sold one at auction in 2011 for $31,342.00.

The team that loses the Super Bowl is recognized as a champion of their respective conference and are awarded championship rings too. The Indianapolis Colts ring shown above is just about the same size as the Saints Super Bowl ring. An AFC or NFC championship ring around the same size as the winning Super Bowl ring for a given year is a very rare occurrence.

The Colts 2008 NFC championship ring is a very nice diamond-loaded championship ring. It weighs in at 56 grams and was made in solid 14K white gold by Herff Jones. Although Herff Jones makes many less championship rings than the major championship ring manufacturers, being in the same city as the Indianapolis Colts perhaps helped when the team choose them to design and craft the championship ring.

My Colts championship ring was acquired privately, and I’m unaware of any that have sold at auction. This championship ring would probably sell for $5,000 to $7,000 for a non-star player’s ring.

Please remember as I always say, I buy super bowl rings (winning and losing ones). I also purchase championship rings too.   Please let me know if you have a championship ring you want to sell and we can do a private deal.

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