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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