Archive for December, 2017

Rare Pirates 1979 World Series Ring Offered by Paragon Auctions

December 22, 2017

What makes this Pittsburgh Pirates World Series ring so special is that it comes with the ultra-rare original presentation box.

Pittsburgh Pirates 1979 World Series Ring

I am not affiliated with this World Series ring, I am just here to blog about the world of championship rings.

The 1979 Pirates World Series ring was designed and crafted by Jostens. It’s a very impressive championship ring and typical of what baseball teams were awarding in the late 1970s. Back in the mid-to-late 70s Jostens occasionally presented their championship rings in a velvet ring box like the one shown above.

Unlike today’s larger wooden display boxes, these 1970s boxes were often disregarded over the years and have become extremely rare to find. Trying to locate one for a championship ring years later is an almost impossible task.

I have seen a few 1979 Pirates World Series rings sold, but never once have they included the original presentation box offered with this ring. In fact, this is the first time I’ve even seen this presentation box.

The World Series ring being offered by Paragon is a front office ring, but unlike today’s system of multiple-tier championship ring designs within organizations, this offering is the same size and diamond configuration that the players received.

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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Holiday Cards & Championship Rings

December 21, 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to the readers of this championship ring blog! Here’s possibly the first championship ring promotional piece that was sent at Holiday time:

Dodgers 1955 World Series Rings

Thank you Nathan, a loyal reader of this blog who sent me this tweet.

This is an amazing piece of sports history and if any of these cards survive today, they are probably quite rare and valuable.

This card is over sixty years old, and back in the 1930′s, 40′s, and 50′s championship rings were nowhere close to being the talk of the town and one of most craved items an athlete could wish for.

In fact Lou Gehrig, as he grew his collection of World Series rings throughout his career, would have them cut-up and take the tops of the rings and put them on a bracelet for his wife.

And a couple of Yankee players, getting tired of their growing collection of World Series rings during the 1950s, requested the team send them something other than a championship ring.

Do you think these two situations would occur today?

The way championship rings were an afterthought during this time period, makes the recognition of the Dodgers first and only World Series rings during their time in Brooklyn even more special. It’s great to see them sending Holiday cards in 1955 with images of their beautiful championship rings.

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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You Can Own This Patriots Super Bowl Ring For The Holidays

December 19, 2017

A good-old eBay auction is taking place right now; and with a low-starting bid, this championship ring is seeing plenty of bids:

Patriots Super Bowl XXXVI 2001 ring auction

I am not affiliated with this championship ring or the seller, I’m just here to blog about the world of championship rings.

Although this 2001 Patriots Super Bowl ring was not awarded to a player, it’s the same size and diamond configuration that the player’s received.

Here’s the “good” on this Super Bowl ring:

  • It’s a player size ring but not a player’s ring
  • According to the listing it contains 143 Diamonds
  • The diamond weight totals 2.61 Carats
  • It’s the Patriots first Super Bowl ring and is stunning

    Here’s the “bad” on the Super Bowl ring:

  • The minimum reserve has not been met (usually it’s never met in these auctions)
  • Not a player ring, but a very significant name
  • Original wood presentation box is not included (and they are almost impossible to find)

    According to the listing, the championship ring was pawned. The original owner passed away about ten years ago.

    According to the listing, here’s what makes the original recipient a significant contributor to the team:

    “This ring was awarded to Francis Joseph “Bucko” Kilroy (May 30, 1921 – July 10, 2007) was an American football player and executive. Kilroy was also credited as a founder of the modern day NFL Draft and as an NFL Executive he helped fashion the Super Bowl as we know it today. He later became the General Manager of the New England Patriots in the 1980s when they went to their first Super Bowl in 1985 (losing to the Bears). As the head of scouting in early 2000s Bucko was Instrumental in drafting many of players that won three Super Bowls for the New England Patriots.”

    Keep in mind, the Super Bowl ring is not worth as much as a player’s ring and remember, acquiring an original wood presentation box will be almost impossible and Jostens will be of no help.

    Last, keep in mind Pawn Shops usually ask for very high selling prices so there’s a good chance this Super Bowl ring won’t exceed the reserve and sell.

    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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  • The Top 50 Super Bowl Rings Ranked

    December 18, 2017

    My newest themed Championship Ring Column, the ranking all 50 Super Bowl rings from worst to first continues – We’re now up to number 42:

    (Click picture below for a larger picture)Denver Broncos Super Bowl XXXII ring from 1997

    Yes, I realize there are now 51 Super Bowl rings, however, when I started this blog series, there were only 50. And since I probably won’t own or get my hands on a Super Bowl 51 ring anytime soon, I’ll stick with the first 50 championship rings for this series.

    Please note, I usually don’t show player’s names on Super Bowl rings, so in this case, we’ve covered the name and uniform number.

    The Super Bowl ring shown above is one of my least favorite among the 50. Sooner or later we’ll get the best of the best, but for now we’re starting at the bottom and working our way up.

    Before we get into details about the championship ring shown above, I just want to review the ranking process:

    The Super Bowl ring ranking has absolutely nothing to do with my affection or non-affection to the team or players the championship rings were awarded to. The ranking of these Super Bowl rings also have nothing to do with the team’s season or the specific title game either. The ranking is based solely on the championship ring design.

    Last, I probably don’t spend enough time on many of my championship ring blogs discussing the shanks (sides of the championship rings) but in this ongoing blog series, shanks will be discussed and contribute to the rankings too.

    Please keep in mind that I collect Super Bowl rings and acquiring a player’s version of this championship ring was not easy – few of them have been offered to the public. It was an important acquisition and I’m thrilled to own this player Super Bowl ring. Some Super Bowl rings have to be ranked low; and this one in my opinion is one of them. However, it doesn’t take away from the tremendous pride the players, coaching staff, and executives feel when being awarded this or any other Super Bowl ring.

    The Super Bowl ring shown above belongs to the Denver Broncos 1997 team and is officially known as a Super Bowl XXXII ring. It was designed and manufactured by Diamond Cutters International and in my opinion, that’s the reason why this championship ring gets such a low ranking.

    Whoever created the design (whether it was the team or the ring manufacturer) produced a great-looking concept. However, had Jostens been given this exact design, the results would have (again in my opinion) been dramatically better. And this opinion is not pure speculation, just look at Jostens other Super Bowl rings from this time period, including the Broncos 1998 Super Bowl ring, which Jostens crafted, and you will see a substantially better product.

    If a collector wants to purchase a Broncos Super Bowl XXXII ring they have to be extremely careful. The lettering on top of the ring is not very good (it’s not crisp and looks amateurish), but the sides of the ring, as you can see above, is absolutely awful. The quality of the images and lettering on the side of the championship ring is so poorly made, it looks like the authentic ring was made with cheap wax mold taken from a real championship ring. And that’s why a collector has to be so careful – every authentic ring looks like it was made in China as a cheap knock-off.

    In a further departure from the outstanding quality of Super Bowl rings designed by Jostens, Balfour and Tiffany, the manufacturer of this championship ring, did not engrave the inside of this ring with their company name, all that’s in there is “14K”.

    The following season, the Broncos won their second Super Bowl ring, and that “Back-to-Back” ring was made by Jostens. Check it out on my Super Bowl ring gallery found on the home page of my web site – the difference in ring quality when you compare the Broncos two rings is night and day.

    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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    Championship Ring Blunder – Update From Yesterday’s Blog

    December 15, 2017

    A championship ring collector was kind enough to alert me that the player Rangers championship ring on eBay has a major issue:

    Texas Rangers 2011 Championship ring

    Yesterday I blogged about a 2011 American League championship ring on eBay and stated that it seemed like a good deal.

    I received an email from a ring collector and he provided a photo of a player ring he owns. Sure enough the player version ring has more diamonds. Although it’s hard to see in the photo above, the second row of diamonds on the player version ring wraps completely around the ring.

    This diamond wrap-around is seen in the photo above (top left). The ring shown on the right, is the championship ring being offered on ebay and you can see how the second row of diamonds stops at each end of the shank and does not continue around the championship ring.

    I will be the first to admit, this does not seem like a big difference between the two rings, however seasoned championship ring collectors know that a smaller styled ring that contains less bling than a player’s version takes a significant hit in value.

    And as we know, this is a not a winning World Series ring – it’s a championship ring awarded to the losing World Series team, so you can’t use the argument that $6,499.99 is still a cheap price for a World Series ring.

    While the eBay seller is asking $6,499.99 and is accepting lower offers, with the information I received, this championship ring offering, in my humble opinion is no longer a really good value.

    The eBay seller clearly states in his listing that this is a player championship ring and in fact, the player, according to the listing, had game contributions during the season.

    Anyone still interested in this championship ring should contact the seller and ask for clarification. Perhaps the seller was not aware this was not a player’s version ring or perhaps he was aware. But going by the photos, we know for sure that the seller’s championship ring is different from the player version and not in a good way.

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