Archive for November, 2017

Penguins Donate 2017 Stanley Cup Championship Ring

November 30, 2017


The beautiful championship ring joins the amazing collection on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame:


Pittsburgh Penguins 2017 Stanley Cup Championship Ring donated to Hockey HOF


A group of Pittsburgh Penguins, including players Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and defenseman Kris Letang, joined with GM Jim Rutherford, to donate a 2017 Stanley Cup championship ring to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Wednesday, November 29th.

The Jostens championship ring, contains more than 200 diamonds, and includes 10 yellow diamonds that help make the Penguins logo on the top of the ring. As is tradition when a team wins two championship rings in a row, the phrase Back to Back (in this case “Back 2 Back”) is shown along with two diamond images of two Stanley Cup trophies. On the opposite side of the championship ring are more diamond-filled Stanley Cup trophies, five of them to symbolize and celebrate the team’s five championships.

Two of my favorite things about this ring is the rectangular diamond that appears on the top, inside the hockey blade, and the way Jostens made the logo’s eye; which in this case is really a “5″ to further symbolize the franchise’s five championships.

The Penguins Stanley cup ring will be added to the Hall’s display that houses other Stanley Cup rings,including one from every champion since 2007. That makes me wonder, what happened with the 2006 Carolina Hurricanes championship ring? Did the team cheapen out and not donate one?

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


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Rusty Staub’s Mets Championship Rings Sell at Goldin Auctions

November 29, 2017


Rusty’s four Mets Championship rings did extremely well in heavy bidding. Here’s the last Mets championship ring issued; the 2015 NLCS ring:


(Click picture below for a larger picture)New York Mets Rusty Staub World Series and NLCS championship Rings


As any reader of this championship ring blog knows, this is not a good time to sell championship rings at auction due to lower pricing. However it’s a good opportunity to purchase championship rings in those same auctions.

The Four Rusty Staub championship rings from Goldin Auctions early November sale did extremely well, selling for higher prices than expected. Congratulations to Goldin auctions and to Rusty who sold his collection.

Staub’s 1973 NLCS ring, where Staub played an important role in the team’s miraculous pennant run and eventual 7th game World Series loss to the A’s sold for an impressive $18,412.

In the most surprising result of the four rings, Staub’s 1986 World Series ring (he had retired in 1985 and probably received the ring as a consultant or part time coach, or member of the media), took in $36,825.00. This 1986 World Series ring was an exact version of the player’s ring.

Staub’s 2000 NLCS ring (player sized) sold at $12,275.00. This is a very impressive sales figure. For reasons I don’t understand, the Mets 2000 championship ring has sold for very low numbers in the past (both player rings and front office ones).

As shown above, the 2015 NLCS ring also sold for $12,275.00. I should have bid on this championship ring and I’m sorry in retrospect that I didn’t.

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


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Robots and Championship Rings – Maybe Robots Are Really Taking Over?

November 28, 2017


Yesterday’s championship ring blog discussed Herff Jones authentic salesman sample rings. Here’s the tweet that got that column rolling…


Robotics championship rings


If you missed yesterday’s blog about authentic salesman sample rings, please check it out, available on the main page of my blog site, or you can use the search function on the right and type in Herff Jones samples.

Chandler’s tweet, shown above, caught my eye and I almost did a blog story on the championship ring shown above. That is until I saw his second tweet with all those amazing and authentic salesman sample championship rings.

Now a day later, there’s time to discuss Chandler’s stunning championship ring from his tweet.

The first thing that caught my eye, was the unusual blue onyx stone and how Herff Jones was able to shape it and make it so that it picked up the surrounding light and made the stone so cool.

This isn’t an expensive championship ring, it’s made of non gold and worthless imitation diamonds. The ring is made with cheap materials because it’s a high school or college championship ring, and the school’s budget and/or NCAA rules don’t allow for student championship rings made with real gold and real diamonds.

Whether real or not, this is a gorgeous championship ring and Chandler and his teammates should be very proud of their National Championship achievement and of their rings.

Upon researching this championship ring, I learned that the ring was awarded during a Robotics tournament. Yes, that’s right, Robotics, not the normal sporting competitions such as Football, Baseball, Soccer, Track, etc.

The championship ring was designed and manufactured by Herff Jones who has made professional and collegiate championship rings, just nowhere as many rings as Jostens, Balfour and Tiffany. If Herff Jones keeps up these incredible designs, perhaps that will change.

Meanwhile, please remember as always, I buy championship rings. Perhaps even Robotics ones. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.


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Yes Virginia, Authentic Salesman Sample Championship Rings Do Exist

November 27, 2017


Here’s a photo from Twitter, showing an actual display of salesman sample championship rings – used to promote ring companies and their abilities:


Authentic Salesman sample rings
Herff Jones Authentic Salesman sample rings


Championship ring collectors know that the phrase “Salesman Sample”, when used in the world of championship ring collecting, could mean just about anything. A few small auction houses, and many sellers misuse the term to occasionally mean – a championship ring copy that was made somewhere by someone.

We all know that most auction house offerings and salesman sample rings sold by reputable sellers are authentic, but there are so many salesman samples in the hobby that are not real, that it’s a concern of championship ring collectors.

Thanks to Irv Lerner, the market place is filled with what Irv called Salesman sample rings that were made by him and his pals.

The Herff Jones ring display above is completely authentic and shows some very cool championship rings. The Patriots ring, shown middle left is from their 2011 season. It’s their AFC championship ring, earned when the team lost to the Giants in the Super Bowl. While Jostens has made every single Pats ring (win or loose) since Kraft became owner, this particular championship ring was made by Herff Jones in connection and with assistance from Jostens.

Herff Jones, based in Indianapolis and having close ties to the Colts, also designed and manufactured one winning Super Bowl ring – shown middle bottom – the Colts Super Bowl XLI ring (Payton Manning’s first Super Bowl ring).

While the salesman, “Rick”, loosely valued the championship rings at $200,000 (according to Chandler’s tweet above), with man-made diamonds, a more accurate value would be in the $20,000 to $40,000 price range for the total collection of rings shown.

Please remember as always, I buy championship rings (sorry, not salesman sample rings). If you would like to sell your championship rings in complete privacy, please contact me.


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Eagles Lack of a Super Bowl Ring Could be Ending Soon

November 24, 2017


Looking around Twitter, I see Eagles haters are still poking fun at the team for lack of a Super Bowl ring. Get in your last ribbing now, because many feel the Eagles could be getting a Super Bowl ring this season:


Philadelphia Eagles championship rings and lack of a super bowl ring


I’m no Eagles fan, but just like when I was kid and collected baseball cards, no collector would toss out of their cards of a team they disliked (well most collectors anyway).

That’s how I feel about championship rings. Although there are some teams I find myself rooting against all the time, I still collect their championship rings and admire the beauty and coolness of each and everyone.

I hope Eagles fans don’t feel I’m jinxing their chances, because that’s not my intent. In looking around the internet for subject matter, I came across these two pokes at the Eagles organization for lacking any Super Bowl winning rings.

Yes the Eagles have been to the Super Bowl twice, but came away with losses. They were awarded two NFC championship rings. Their NFC championship rings, one from 1980, and the other from who else, Tom Brady and the Pats in 2004, are very nice championship rings. Please check them out at my Super Bowl ring gallery, located with a link from my home page on this web site.

Meanwhile, please remember as always, I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.


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