Archive for October, 2017

Still Time To Win A Patriots Player Size Super Bowl LI Ring

October 30, 2017

Imagine winning this massive Super Bowl ring, and if you don’t, at least you’ve helped a charity do some good:

Patriots Super Bowl Ring LI raffle

The New England Patriots announced a while back that the organization is raffling off a championship ring as a fundraiser to benefit the Patriots Charity Foundation. The team charity is a nonprofit organization, started by Robert Kraft. The foundation’s website details that they donate money to charitable and philanthropic causes in the New England area. The organization has a focus on programs that help children and struggling families.

Pats fans, and championship ring enthusiasts like myself, who want to participate in the drawing for the Super Bowl ring and give to a very worthwhile cause have some budgetary options: They can purchase a single ticket for $10, or three tickets for $25, 15 tickets for $100 or even go all-out and get 100 tickets for $500. Just saying, ever notice the winner is usually the person who buys a single ticket?

The Super Bowl LI ring (shown above), commemorates the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. The player-size winning championship ring will feature a team logo and the shape of five Lombardi trophies.

The winning raffle Super bowl ring will contain real white gold with more than 280 real diamonds and an amazing carat weight of 5.1.

According to Jostens, the ring designer and manufacturer, it’s the undisputed biggest Super Bowl ring ever made — even larger than the Patriots’ 2015 rings that were valued at $36,500 each.

The drawing for the Super Bowl ring raffle will be held on December 11th, 2017.

To donate and/or participate in the championship ring raffle, here’s the link:

Please remember as always, I buy championship rings all the time. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, then please contact me.

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$85,000 For This World Series Ring?

October 28, 2017

After one of the silliest offers I’ve ever received, all I could say was “thanks but no thanks!”

2016 Cubs World Series Ring

Earlier this week this week I was offered a front-office Cubs 2016 World Series Ring. While it was player-sized, the asking price of $85,000 is beyond steep, and championship ring collectors like myself now can be certain of one thing…

We now know that the Cubs are very serious: Non players and coaches that were awarded this World Series ring are not allowed to sell them in the market place. Prior to receiving their championship rings, they needed to agree to sell them back to the ball club for $1.00. Inheritance and gifts to family members were excluded from this limitation.

When Lelands, a well-known sports memorabilia auction company got a championship ring and put it up at auction, the Cubs barked and told them to remove the item from their auction. Typically Lelands, and other well-known auction houses move forward and are not intimidated by demands of not selling high-ticket items.

These auction houses have their own lawyers and usually win the matter and sell the intended items. Much to my surprise, Lelands obliged and the World Series ring was removed from the auction.

That means that anyone buying a Cubs 2016 World Series ring from a non player or coach will have a huge headache trying to publicly resell the championship ring. And besides, $85,000 for a non player ring is way too much money. I could purchase 2 -4 player Super Bowl rings for that kind of money. Which is the better deal and more sound investment for your collection?

Please remember as always, I buy championship rings. Just not ones that are not supposed to be sold. And I will protect your privacy if you would like to sell your championship ring.

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The Huge World Series Rings at Dodger Stadium

October 26, 2017

Nathan, a championship ring enthusiast and reader of this blog, sent in this great photo, taken during game 1 of the World Series:

Huge and Giant World Series Rings at Dodger Stadium

Although the huge and iconic Dodger World Series rings have been covered in this blog before, now’s a great time to revisit them.

Standing several feet tall (perhaps 3 or 4 feet including the large base), there are several of these giant World Series rings located around the stadium. The replicas are extremely accurate representations of the real championship rings.

The Dodgers even have their one and only World Series ring from Brooklyn on display – the iconic and extremely valuable 1955 World Series ring.

Thanks Nathan for another great contribution to this blog.

And I can’t help but wonder, how cool would one of these giant championship ring displays be in a man cave and/or home basement?

Just as we’ve highlighted the incredible hat man who makes championship ring hats, and we’ve discussed those cheap knockoff championship rings from China, where’s the artist or entrepreneur who’s offering giant sized championship rings for sale? Perhaps someday…

Meanwhile as always, 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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Back To The Future Championship Rings – Revisited

October 25, 2017

Two seasons ago, the Fresno Grizzlies created a Back to the Future promotion that included a replica 2017 Astros World Series ring. My blog covered the story then and now:

Astros back to the future 2017 world series rings giveaway

Fresno Grizzlies management must finally be feeling justified about their bold prediction. The Triple A-affiliate of the Houston Astros, devised a championship ring replica giveaway two years ago that predicted the Astros would win the 2017 World Series.

Everyone who follows sports knows, the Astros very well may be on their way to this accomplishment, as they face the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series.

If they somehow win the World Series, perhaps these promotional World Series rings will be worth money. And if they do become a collectors item (if they aren’t already) you will see a fake ring version made in China. Imagine that for a moment – someone could produce a fake version of a replica ring!

The promotion to distribute these replica 2017 World Series rings two years ago was abruptly cancelled. Like the Topps rookie Mickey Mantle cards that supposedly were thrown into a New York City river due to limited demand, perhaps the 2017 replica championship rings were destroyed and now a few surviving ones would be worth a lot of money – if the Astros win the World Series.

The cancelled giveaway got national attention, including stories from websites of Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports and Fox Sports. Here’s a link to my blog covering the story:

The Grizzlies declined to comment on Tuesday, but the believed reason why the promotion was cancelled was summed up by Grizzlies General Manager Derek Franks. He said “We do not want a Fresno Grizzlies giveaway to be perceived as a jinx for our major league affiliate.”

Guess it wasn’t a jinx after all. “We appreciate that our affiliate is as optimistic as our fans are about the future of the Astros,” Astros President Reid Ryan told Fox Sports when the promotion was cancelled.

Ryan also predicted that Fresno fans would see some of the Astros’ top talent up close. Ryan was spot on. Nine of the Astros’ World Series roster has a Fresno connection. Shortstop Carlos Correa, third baseman Alex Bregman and first baseman Yuli Gurriel all made brief appearances here on their journey to Houston. Additionally, pitchers Chris Devenski, Lance McCullers Jr., Joe Musgrove and Brad Peacock, catcher Juan Centeno, and outfielder Derek Fisher also had played with Fresno.

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Bart Starr Donates His Super Bowl II Ring to Packers

October 24, 2017

Green Bay Packers Quarterback legend, Bart Starr, sadly made his final trip to Green Bay recently and donated some of his most cherished belongings.

Bart Starr Super Bowl II ring at Packer hall of fame

“I am emotional saying this, but it will be our last trip back,” Cherry Starr his wife, said during a news conference at legendary Lambeau Field.

The Starr family on Monday donated Bart’s championship ring, shown above and other items to the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.

His Super Bowl II ring was the second and final Super Bowl ring Starr won. It contains three diamonds that symbolize the Packers’ championships from 1965, 1966, and 1967.

Now wait to you hear this: The Starrs decided to donate the priceless Super Bowl II ring to the Packers Hall of Fame when Cherry and Bart discovered that someone was trying to selling a Bart Starr championship ring on eBay for $100,000. That eBay listing has been running for years and no one has purchased it with good reason.

Worried that Bart’s priceless championship ring was stolen, Cherry checked the couple’s safe. She and Bart were very relieved to find it there, and they agreed to make sure that Bart’s championship rings it never landed in the wrong hands.

So the Starrs decided the Super Bowl II ring should be donated to the Packers Hall of Fame.

Now, I’ve blogged in the past about this $100,000 Bart Starr ring, and the seller actually contacted me after my blog telling me his Super Bowl II ring is legit.

If you wish to see more about this $100,000 championship ring, that no one wants to purchase, here’s a link to my original blog:

The Starr Super Bowl II ring donation means that Green Bay Packers fans will be able to view the items at the Hall of Fame.

“These items will be kept in pristine condition. They will be displayed for generations to come in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame,” says Tom Konop, President of Packers Hall of Fame, Inc.

Bart Starr, 83, appeared at Lambeau Field Sunday during the Packers-Saints game. He was there because he and his team were honored for the season from 50 years ago, which included the legendary 1967 Ice Bowl championship game against the Cowboys.

In 2014, Starr had two strokes and a heart attack. His recovery includes stem cell treatment and he has continually been working with a trainer.

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