Archive for January, 2018

Any Good Championship Ring Forums Out There?

January 24, 2018


Recently I received a note from the one championship ring forum I visit; and the message wasn’t good.


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A very knowledgeable championship ring collector posted at the CCSLC Championship Ring Thread about the Tom Brady Patriots Super Bowl LI ring that’s coming up in auction.

I then commented that the Brady Super Bowl ring is smaller than the player’s version.

A post made on the forum shortly before our exchange was also important, as a championship ring enthusiast pointed out a Yankee ring available for sale was a fake.

Well one of the moderators, did not like where the conversations were going, simply because the entire website and forum is supposed to be about sports team logos and their design. Nothing more!

His response to this forum discussion was: “The core subject of the forum in whole is sports logos and sports logo design. While championship rings fall under this umbrella, the business of buying and selling rings does not. With that said, keep the discussion directed at championship rings and ring design.”

I understand that the forum is about logo design, but I thought my reply could change his mind and allow these discussions to continue. My reply: “Will do, but would you please reconsider your stance for three reasons? And if you disagree, I will honor your request.

1) The Patriots redesigned the offered ring as an almost exact reproduction of the player design, just scaled down 20-25%. This re-design is noteworthy and highly unusual, so as a discussion on design, it merits mention.

2) The recent post about a fake Yankee ring, and my adding that the Brady ring is a redesign and smaller than the player version, is a huge help to your readership – helping them avoid getting ripped off, and adding value to your forum.

3) There is so little activity in this ring section – asking for less contributions that may stray from the core subject of this forum only hurts your readership and activity. Is that what you really want – less activity?

Thanks for all the work you do and for providing this forum – I don’t mean any disrespect and will honor your decision and wishes.”


So now that they are limiting the subject matter, I will respect their wishes but severely limit my input and contributions to this site. I don’t think it’s appropriate I give out their website but you can easily find it on google by typing in “CCSLC Championship Ring Thread”.

Many forums in many different subject areas thrive. Typically they let the flow of conversation go where the readers want it to go as long as the posters stay away from politics (unless it’s a political forum), religion, and being nasty to one another.

The shame of this is that the forum I mentioned above used to have some activity, now it’s a lot less active than it used to be, probably due to the narrowness of the scope allowed.

If anyone knows of another championship ring forum that’s active, please let me know and I will let the championship ring community know.

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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Here’s Another Auction House Super Bowl Ring Blunder

January 23, 2018


A reader of this blog, who’s a huge Packer fan sent me this auction listing. Wait to you see this:


Green Bay Packers championship ring pendant


Auction houses are in business to acquire consignments from sellers, eager to get money for their items. Sometimes a consigner will misinform the auction house, whether by their lack of expertise on an item, or by accident, or exaggerations, or flat-out deception.

The auction house should be used to misinformation provided by consigners and the auction house needs to know exactly what they are selling and if they don’t, they should do research on the matter to verify that the item being sold is accurately described.

In this auction listing, from a well known sports memorabilia company that holds numerous auctions, there are two errors; one I can almost understand, the other simply boggles my mind.

According to the auction listing, which ends in a couple of weeks, and so far has zero bids, and a starting bid price of $2,000.00:


The pendant shown above was “issued to the coaches, players & executives of the Green Bay Packers.”. Turns out, as you can see below, this item as not issued to the coaches and players and executives and is not so uncommon as the auction states. The item was part of the “Official Fan Collection”, offered to fans, along with championship rings:

Green Bay Packers championship ring pendant


Much worse than the oversight mentioned above is this statement from the auction company: “This pendant is the same design as the top of the Super Bowl XXXI championship ring.”

If you are unfamiliar with what winning Super Bowl rings look like, or want to see the exact player-sized Super Bowl XXXI ring, please visit my Super Bowl gallery link, located at the home page of my website. You will see this pendant, looks absolutely different from the Packer Super Bowl ring.

What kind of research is this?

I like this company and have purchased items from them in the past – even championship rings at auction. They weren’t trying to deceive anyone, this is more a case of very little, if any research being done on a submitted item.

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

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Here We Go Again – Another Championship Ring for The Patriots

January 22, 2018


Even if the Patriots get blown out in the Super Bowl, the team will be awarded another championship ring:


(Click picture below for a larger picture)New England Patriots Super Bowl rings and championship rings


I used to own every single Patriots championship ring, but lately, I can’t keep up with them.

I am not a fan of the team, heck the team I root for is their division rival.

Yet I find no organization in sports consistently designs better looking championship rings than the Patriots.

The photo shown above shows every single one of their Super Bowl and AFC championship rings with the exception of last year’s Super Bowl LI ring. AFC championship rings are only awarded (NFC championship rings too) when the team loses the Super Bowl. Obviously the winning team gets a larger, more blinged-out Super Bowl ring, that proclaims the team as “World Champions”.

So win or loose, the Patriots will be awarded a large, gorgeous championship ring.

Anyone else out there getting tired of seeing this team, every single year in the AFC championship and most often the Super Bowl?

Anyway, congratulations to the Patriots – I have to admit, no one does it better, and no one except the Yankees and Celtics seem to have more championship rings then they do.

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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Tom Brady Super Bowl Ring To Auction

January 20, 2018


A family member of Tom Brady, had this Super Bowl ring ordered, and now somehow, the championship ring pictured below left, is on the auction block:


New England Patriots Tom Brady Super bowl ring auction


Please note I am not affiliated with this Super Bowl ring or Goldin auctions, I am just here to blog about championship rings.

Here’s what you should know about the Super Bowl LI ring being offered:

1. Compared to the player Super Bowl ring on the right, the design looks identical to the player version.

2. The Brady Super Bowl ring, and the player version shown above, are both made with real diamonds and solid white 10k gold.

3. The Brady championship ring contains 260 diamonds, while the player version has 283 diamonds.

4. According the auction listing, The Brady Super Bowl ring weighs in at 77.3 grams. The player version weighs around 100-105 grams.

5. The Brady ring, and it’s presentation box, and paperwork is 100% authentic.

As you can see, Jostens did a terrific job with the Brady Super Bowl LI ring. It looks just like a player version ring, but keep in mind, the Brady ring is smaller than the player version.

I would love to own the Brady Super Bowl ring, however, I only collect player-size championship rings, so this would not be a good fit for my collection.

Still, the public will go wild for this championship ring and it will do quite impressively at auction.

Congratulations to Ken Goldin and his auction company – this is an amazing piece of sports memorabilia.

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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Another Super Bowl Ring Photo Bomb

January 18, 2018


A great photo opportunity wasted – couldn’t the Super Bowl ring have been photographed right-side up?


New England Super Bowl LI championship ring


I happen to know the tweeter – David Kohler. David owns one of the largest sports memorabilia companies in the country – SCP Auctions.

David and his employees, have photographed and sold some of the most valuable championship rings in the world. Like Goldin Auctions, Heritage, and Leland’s, SCP Auctions’ photography is top-notch.

But perhaps David was rushed, or the person taking the picture was. Either way, the tweet visually could have been so much better, had the Super Bowl LI ring been facing the correct way, like this:

New England Super Bowl LI championship ring
(Note: I sharpened and cropped this championship ring photo)


Hopefully this Super Bowl ring will be in an upcoming auction – you never know.

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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