Archive for August, 2017

This Nice Looking Set of Super Bowl Rings is Cheap!

August 24, 2017


As the title implies, Everything about this set of Raider championship rings, and the presentation box is cheap:


Raider Super Bowl Ring copies, from China


I’m not affiliated with these Chinese knock-off Raider Super Bowl rings; or any knockoff championship rings for that matter. I’m just here to blog about the world of championship rings.

Combing the internet for championship ring content for this blog, I stumbled upon this offering. The seller, found at wilkersonessentials.com, (or you can search Twitter) is peddling the three Raider Super Bowl rings and the wood presentation box for the price of $49.99 (I believe shipping may be extra).

While these championship rings won’t fool anybody, the box and three Super Bowl rings could look good on a shelf along side other Super Bowl or Raider memorabilia. A few drinks for the evening, could help enhance their appearance, if you’re so inclined to do so.

So while the price is cheap, so is the quality.

Please remember, I buy championship rings, as long as they are real and not salesman samples or knockoff’s. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.


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Extremely Rare Championship Ring Presentation Box Shows Up at Auction

August 23, 2017


This piece of Viking memorabilia is so rare, that it’s the first time I’ve ever seen one:


Rare Vikings NFC championship ring box


When it comes to championship rings, any Irv Lerner ring, real or fake (and most of them are fake) means the value of the championship ring takes an enormous hit.

In fact, in a recent auction, where championship rings were selling left and right, a Vikings 1973 NFC championship ring belonging to Irv Lerner, was described by the auction company as follows:

“Over the past 20 years, only a salesman’s sample example of this ring has ever come to auction. Now we offer a similar type of Jostens production, modeled on those received by the actual team members. The 10K-gold, size 12 ring was given to recipient “LERNER”and features 60 points’ worth of diamonds.”

I am not sure what a “similar type of Jostens production” exactly means. Is it a real salesman sample? Lerner made and sold tons of fake championship rings during his long and dubious career. This is not speculation. I have a copy of his newsletter that he used to mail out where he boasts he will make any Yankee Championship ring, with any name on it, and any year. Even your last name or mine; or the name of your favorite player, living or deceased. Sometimes I send out copies of the newsletters to quiet down those critics that can’t believe someone would have the balls to produce unauthorized and completely fake championship rings.

Yes, Irv, destroyed the resale value of “salesman sample” championship rings. In fact, as I mentioned before, while the auction company sold lots of championship rings in their auction, no one purchased the Irv Lerner Vikings NFC ring described and shown above.

Anyway, the amazing part of this story is that the “championship ring” that no one purchased, came with an authentic Vikings 1970s NFC championship ring box. This box is so rare, that to my knowledge it’s never been offered before or even photographed.

Please remember, I buy championship rings (as long as they don’t come from Irv Lerner or contain his name on the side). If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.


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Robert Kraft Gives President Trump A Super Bowl Ring

August 22, 2017


Donald Trump was gifted a Patriots Super Bowl LI ring according to Tom E. Curran of CSN New England.


Donald Trump Patriots Super Bowl Ring


On Monday, news began to spread on the internet after a conversation with former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci was posted on Twitter.

Now championship ring enthusiasts can add Donald Trump to the list of world leaders who can boast that they have a Patriots’ Super Bowl ring (if you know what I mean).

The Patriots confirmed that President Trump was in fact presented recently with a player-size Super Bowl LI ring. The Patriots decided to give Trump a ring because they were the first championship team to visit the White House after Trump had taken office, but I’m sure it didn’t hurt that Robert Kraft and Tom Brady are extremely close with Trump.

It’s policy that Presidents are not allowed to keep gifts presented to them while in office and former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci announced that Trump will donate this championship ring to his presidential library down the road.

The Super Bowl LI ring has Trump’s name on the side of the ring and the player-sized championship ring boasts 283 real diamonds.

Please remember as always, I buy championship rings. I’d even buy this one, if President Trump wanted to help pay down the national debt and sell this championship ring. As always, when I buy a championship ring, you will have complete privacy, no one will know you sold your ring.


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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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