Archive for August, 2017

This Super Bowl Ring Sale Was Quite a Deal

August 21, 2017

I’m not sure what’s more impressive: The unique pose of this Super Bowl ring sitting on top of a football, or the fact that a buyer purchased a player-version Cowboy championship ring with real diamonds for only $12,000.00.

Dallas Cowboys Superbowl XII championship ring

I’m not affiliated with this championship ring, or the auction house, I’m just hear to blog about the world of championship rings.

According to the Heritage Auctions website, this front-office, player-sized Cowboys Super Bowl XII ring sold for $12,000.00 over the weekend.

This is a great time to be buying championship rings at auction, the heck with trying to negotiate with championship ring dealers or sports memorabilia sellers. However, the flip side of this is that it’s a lousy time to be selling championship rings. If the Super Bowl ring shown above sold and included the buyer’s premium at $12,000.00 (Heritage was not exactly clear on this at their website but I believe that’s the case), then it’s possible that the consignor walked away with around $8,000 or $9,000.

The ring contained real diamonds, and other than lacking a uniform number at the bottom of the Cowboy helmet shank, was identical to he player’s version. While this championship ring was crafted in 10K solid gold, the player’s rings were also made in 10K gold.

According to Heritage Auction’s website:

Identical in design and construction to the Harvey Martin example that commanded $71,700 in our February 2015 Platinum Night auction, this nearly pristine specimen was a token of appreciation to a close friend of team founder Clint Murchison, coming to us from a source close to that person right here in our world headquarters of Dallas.

Twin stars on the ring face represent two tastes of gridiron glory to date, each sporting a genuine diamond nucleus and blue sapphire spokes and set against a field of smaller diamonds. “Dallas Cowboys World Champions” stands in raised lettering at the perimeter of the face. Left shank reports owner’s name above a Cowboys helmet, while right shank features a Lombardi Trophy in miniature with text reading, “Super Bowl XII, 1977, 27-10.” The yellow gold beauty is stamped “Jostens 10k” at interior band, which measures to a size twelve and a half (12.5).

There’s a guy on ebay selling a Patriots Super Bowl XXXVI ring (front office too) and he’s asking more than 5 times this amount (with a best offer option). In the world of falling championship ring prices, you think he’ll see any action? Or how about the other sellers on ebay right now, peddling front office Super Bowl rings for around 3-4 times this amount?

Please remember, I buy championship rings at realistic prices, so if you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.

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First Up With a Championship Ring Gets The Most Money

August 19, 2017

SCP Auctions sold this vintage player 1940 World Series Ring recently for $20,011. That’s a lot of money, and here’s why it sold so high:

(Click picture below for a larger picture)1940 Reds World Series Ring

As many readers of this championship ring blog know, I’ve been bloviating for a while about falling championship ring prices that we’ve seen in auctions. These falling championship ring prices do not include iconic player’s championship rings, which continue to soar in price.

Not discussed often, is another factor that can greatly enhance the selling price of championship rings. I’ve noticed time and time again, that when a championship ring comes to auction, and it’s the first version (sometimes the 2nd or 3rd too) of that year and team, the selling price will be quite high. This is due to the fact that there are hard core collectors out there trying to assemble every championship ring in a particular sport.

I believe this 1940 World Series ring could be the first to ever come to the market place and that means that a few collectors will pay a lot more than the going rate to acquire such a championship ring for their collection.

Many championship ring collectors often speak to me about the investment angle in these items, and the return on investment that they hope to get someday. Well if that’s the case, and you’re not in it for the love of collecting (and I’m not judging anyone, collectors have many different reasons for assembling their collections), then being the first person to win a particular championship ring at auction is a lousy investment if more of these items come up for sale down the road.

While we see falling prices often with more modern championship rings as more become available, keep in mind that this Reds World Series ring is more than 75 years old, so if this is truly the first one for public sale, perhaps very few, if any will show up again in our lifetime and this particular example was acquired by a collector at a good price. The more I track these things, the less I seem to know!

Please remember, I buy championship rings all the time! If you would like to sell your championship ring and avoid the risks, uncertainty, and public-outing of your championship ring, please contact me.

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This 1996 Yankee World Series Ring is a Good Deal!

August 18, 2017

Here’s a very reasonably priced Yankee World Series ring, priced to move quick on eBay.

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By the time you read this, the eBay listing will probably be over as there are just a few hours left in this listing.

Pawn America, a huge Pawn company located with shops all over the country, is asking $6,749.99 for the championship ring, but the listing shows they are accepting lower offers.

The 196 World Series ring appears to be legit and authentic, however, the championship ring comes with a typical Balfour wood presentation box with the oval glass. This is strange since most (or all) of the original Yankee World Series rings from 1996 came with the smaller, non-glass wood presentation box.

Additionally, the oval glass does not contain the year etched in the glass as original wood presentation boxes from the Yankees 1998, 1999, and 2000 World Series ring sets do.

I am not affiliated with the seller and have never owned this championship ring, I’m just hear to blog about championship rings.

Also, note that the player versions of this championship ring, contained a large center diamond, and staff members received the same size ring, but without a large center diamond as the offered ring, pictured above shows.

Here’s what Pawn America had to say about this championship ring:

  • Beautiful 1996 New York Yankees World Championship Ring
  • Presented to New York Yankees Operations Manager Rick Onderko
  • Ring Features NY Logo on the top made up of 23 real Diamonds Set into a Dark Blue Stone
  • 1996 World Champions Encircles the NY Logo on the top.
  • One Side Panel has the Yankees logo, “Traditions”, and a raised image of the Yankee Stadium Facade
  • Other Side Panel Has “ONDERKO” in raised lettering with a replica of the World Series Trophy and the Words “Courage” and “Heart Placards.
  • Ring has been sized and the Balfour 14k Stamp is no longer on the inside of the band.
  • Men’s Ring, Size: 11.5
  • 14K Yellow Gold
  • Own a piece of your favorite teams history.

What’s included:

  • Ring
  • Wood Holding Case – Case has dings and wear on the outside

Please remember as always, I buy championship rings all the time. If you would like to sell your championship ring, don’t pawn it, contact me!

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Cubs Continue to Award World Series Rings

August 16, 2017

After finally winning the World Series last season, the Chicago Cubs gave out championship rings to their players, coaches, front office members, and also employees within all levels of the organization.

Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Rings

In a highly unusual gesture, it was recently announced that even Steve Bartman received a Cubs World Series ring. Apparently, giving out Cubs championship rings to people not normally found on the standard list of recipients didn’t stop there.

The Cubs, is a classy move, provided Rick Renteria, their manager in 2014, with a World Series ring according to Chicago White Sox chairman, Jerry Reinsdorf. Renteria was fired by the Cubs after only one season when Joe Maddon became available by exercising an opt-out clause in his contract with Rays after the 2014 baseball season.

Former Cubs manager Dale Sveum and former general manager Jim Hendry were also given Cubs World series rings.

“I thought it was pretty classy of them,’’ Reinsdorf said. “And I thought giving one to (Steve) Bartman was nice, too. Bartman got a bad rap. I’ve seen the video over and over again. There were three or four other guys reaching for that ball, too. He happened to be the poor soul who touched it”.

Perhaps the Cubs organization is making up for lost time since this was their first World Series ring ever issued, because the last time they won a world series, the concept of handing out championship rings wasn’t even invented yet.

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Check Out These Super Bowl Ring Cleats

August 15, 2017

Could this be the start of a new trend? Is this even a good idea?

New England Patriots Super Bowl ring cleats
New England Patriots Super Bowl ring cleats

I spotted this photo on Twitter and I believe these cleats belong to Devin McCourty, a safety who has won two Super Bowl rings with the Patriots.

While the cleats celebrate McCourty’s two Super Bowl rings (you can see parts of his last name on each side of the championship rings), I have doubts these cleats would be allowed to be used in NFL games. Although I wonder if this would qualify if the NFL brings back their custom cleat week.

The Championship rings are not exact replicas of the actual Super Bowl ring designs, but you can clearly count Lombardi trophies and surmise that the images pay homage to Super Bowl rings from 2014 and 2016.

I have no idea if other players from the Patriots have similar cleats, and then there’s Tom Brady: With five Super Bowl rings to show off, I could only imagine what his Super Bowl ring cleats would look like.

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