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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