Archive for August, 2017

Only a Few Days Remain for the Cubs 2016 World Series Ring Raffle

August 31, 2017

September 4th is the last day to purchase raffle tickets to win a player size 2016 Cubs World Series Ring:

2016 Cubs World Series Ring raffle

As beautiful as the top of this championship ring is, the side of the World Series ring, with an image of Wrigley Field and the quality and detail are stunning.

No doubt, this World Series ring is an all-time great championship ring design.

While it has become quite common for teams to raffle a player size championship ring for charity, the Cubs are doing their raffle a little different. Here are the unusual rules running this raffle:

In accordance with state and local law, Ring Raffle tickets are only available in Chicago. In an effort to ensure more fans get an opportunity to participate in this one-of-a-kind raffle, Cubs Charities has placed Cubs Charities World Series Ring Raffle Kiosks powered by Motorola, utilizing Lenovo tablets, at locations in Wrigleyville and downtown Chicago.

For those in the Chicago area, or the championship ring collectors who found a way to circumvent the system, good luck in the raffle.

Meanwhile, please remember as always, I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring, please contact me. We can do a deal in complete privacy and no one will know you sold your ring.

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An Interesting Letter From A Reader

August 30, 2017

I’ve never published a full letter before, but this one was a terrific and interesting read:

championship ring blog

Dear Mike,

I only recently discovered your blog on championship rings and it is amazing to read. Thanks so much for posting all those great photos and stories about the rings and their histories and the stories behind them. I have been an avid sports collector since going to the early card shows of the 1970s. I am not in the market to sell any of my rings but just wanted to say thank you for all the info.

My great granduncle is in the Baseball Hall of Fame and we donated his championship medal to the HOF when he was inducted (no rings back then). My father is a huge Tigers fan and I purchased Charlie Gehring’s 1935 ring for him when his widow put it up for sale many years back. I am a huge Yankees fan and have always been fascinated by the 1927 rings.

I have the Bob Shawkey 1927 World Series ring. The three 1927 World Series rings that Heritage has handled have all been legit (Combs, Pennock and Bengough). Some of the others are not- the Gehrig ring in particular. Lou Gehrig had most of his rings made up into a necklace for his wife. We sat next to her and Mrs. Babe Ruth at the HOF induction luncheon.

Wish I could have asked them about the championship rings way back then… The Joe Dugan World Series ring is a reissue that I believe he had it remade after losing the original one. In one of your blogs you mentioned that there is a championship ring that Lelands had of a clubhouse personal. I don’t remember seeing that one when it came up.

I see heritage had a Barrow 1927 World Series ring for the upcoming August auction but it was pulled. Not sure why but maybe they took a closer look at the inscription. I know his 1923 pocket watch had been auctioned a few years back.

I admire your photo of the Yankees rings you have, especially the 1953 “5″ world series ring. I have always wanted to own one of those as well as a 1962 championship ring. I am also a big Bobby Murcer fan growing up and was the underbidder on his 1981 Championship ring when it went up for sale on Platinum night a few years back. I did get his rocking chair which has more sentimental value to me.

Thanks again for all the great writing and info…I try to do as much research on collecting and rings as possible so your website is invaluable…

Go Yankees

Thanks “N”, I appreciate your wonderful letter, and like you, I love Yankee championship rings and especially the 1927 one!

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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A Very Special Championship Ring

August 29, 2017

I saw this championship ring on Twitter and immediately realized I had to blog about it:

Newark Eagles 1946 Championship ring

According to Wikipedia, the Newark Eagles were a professional Negro league baseball team that played in the Negro league from 1934 through 1948.

The championship ring shown above was their only championship in the team’s history. And what a history it was. The team started as an independent team in 1933, as the Newark Dodgers, and later merged and became the Brooklyn Eagles. In 1936 they returned to Newark and played there until 1948.

Perhaps this is the only year a championship ring was awarded by a team in that league; I certainly don’t recall seeing any other Negro League championship rings.

While the historic value of this championship ring is huge, I have no idea what a championship ring like this would sell for. Maybe a few thousand, or perhaps, a heck of a lot more.

While it seems this country is still divided in many ways, this championship ring, and the history of the Negro leagues reminds us how far we’ve come.

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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Maybe Cheap China Championship Rings Are a Bad Idea

August 28, 2017

I received an email over the weekend, that explains the frustrations of owning cheap knockoff championship rings:

China Championship ring copies and knockoffs

I often get asked if I sell knockoff championship rings. I don’t. I do write about them at my championship ring blog from time to time.

I have no hidden agenda; I’m not affiliated with these fake championship rings, and I warn potential buyers all the time of the risks of purchasing them.

First off, they are cheaply made. China is well known as a place that provides poor quality in their fake goods. Sometimes the production facilities in that country make decent products; then suddenly switch to inferior quality items in their subsequent batch of production runs.

Here’s the letter I received from “M.J.”

Hi Mike;

A couple of years ago I bought a 1980 Philadelphia Phillies world series ring and a 1980 Philadelphia Eagles NFC Championship ring. I bought them from In that time the gold plating has come off and I will have to take them to a jeweler to see if they can replate it. I know they came from China, but I think I got duped. Is there a website that sells customized rings that will last? Thanks.


Keep in mind M.J. ordered two fake championship rings, that were made as the originals were, in Yellow. In the case of the real championship rings, they were made with Yellow gold, while these fake championship rings were painted yellow.

If you buy a fake championship ring made in silver color (as almost all of today’s real championship rings are styled in this color) the fake championship ring will hold up better.

However, in M.J.’s situation and yours, if you wear these fake championship rings, they will fall apart. Tiny diamonds that are glued in by workers making pennies, will loosen and fall off and who knows what else will break off in short time.

If you must buy these fake rings, put them in a display, on a shelf and they will hold up better. Hopefully they will look like the photos shown on-line at the time of purchase. But keep in mind, many of those photos you see are of real championship rings, not the one you will be getting.

Please remember, I buy authentic championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring and maintain your privacy, please contact me.

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How Much Are These Jordan Championship Ring Boxes?

August 25, 2017

A very interesting listing is on eBay; two Michael Jordan championship ring presentation boxes. Wait to you see the price:

Michae Jordan Chicago Bulls championship rings

The seller, who often lists several championship rings for sale, but can’t really be considered a full time championship ring dealer, is asking $19,999.99 for the pair. However, like many sellers on eBay, he is accepting offers.

According to his listing:

“1998 and 1993 Michael Jordan Original Chicago Bulls Championship Ring Presentation Boxes. These are authentic original presentation boxes that would have accompanied the players NBA championship ring fro [sic] that year. Bought from Chicago area Luxury estate auction.”

So this championship ring seller wrote that his two championship boxes are original, and that they “would have accompanied the players NBA Championship ring”.

Now hold on a minute….

If the two presentation boxes have “Michael Jordan” engravings, and no one in the organization shares that name with the player, than wouldn’t these two championship ring boxes have belonged to the legendary Hall of fame player, according to the logic presented by the seller? Here’s a close-up of each engraving:

Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls championship rings

What were these “authentic original presentation boxes” (the seller’s words) doing at an estimate sale? It’s common knowledge that Michael Jordan sold his Chicago mansion, so did he have an estate sale where our seller just happened to pick up these odd ends?

There’s no mention in the listing about paperwork proving any providence on these championship ring boxes or who they were originally awarded to.

Michael Jordan, according to Forbes Magazine, has a net worth of 1.31 billion dollars (thanks in large part to his ownership share in the Charlotte Hornets. So I doubt he held a garage or estate sale and sold his championship ring boxes.

At an asking price of just under $20,000.00, and zero paperwork proving anything, this could be the worst collectible championship ring offering I’ve ever seen.

Please remember, I buy championship rings, but not insanely priced offerings. If you would like to sell your championship ring, and maintain your privacy, please contact me.

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