February 26, 2018

Sometimes I shake my head with some of the bogus offers I get:

championship rings for sale

I received a phone call last week from a Pawn Shop Owner.

Sometimes, when it’s to the seller’s advantage, they appear to be an expert in Championship rings. Other times, they are naive. Often, these two vastly different characteristics, appear in the same selling process when it comes to championship rings.

The Pawn Shop owner claimed to have an authentic Super Bowl front office ring from 1991. One of the first things the Pawn Shop owner said to me was “I know my Tiffany markings, and this Super Bowl ring is 100% real.”

I thought to myself, “sounds good to me”, this guy knows what he’s talking about. Keep in mind that Tiffany made that 1991 Super Bowl ring for the Redskins, not Jostens, and also note that I would not just take someone’s word for it. I would want to examine the championship ring carefully before buying it.

Next, he said, that the diamonds were not real, but the ring was made of solid gold.

I thought that perhaps being a front-office ring, it’s possible that this staff member did not get a championship ring with real diamonds.

So far so good…

Then the Pawn Shop owner, who seemed to know a lot about championship rings, and knew those Tiffany markings were real (according to him), got dumb in a hurry…..

When I asked, he told me the side of the Super Bowl ring had “Rypien” on the side. And then I knew we had a big problem. Mark Rypien was the Redskins quarterback in that game and the MVP of the Super Bowl that year.

The pawn shop owner claimed that the Redskins must have given out front office rings with the name “Rypien” on them. I asked him: if he worked in the front office, would he want his Super Bowl ring to have someone else’s name on it?

Next, the thought entered my mind, perhaps it was a Tiffany and Company Super Bowl ring sample. So that came up in our conversation. I told the Pawn Shop owner that I had never, ever, seen a Tiffany & Company salesman sample for any championship ring and I am pretty sure other than the NFL, and Pro Football Hall of fame having one for display purposes, they just don’t exist.

And if they do exist, thanks to falling salesman sample ring prices, his Super Bowl ring, if authentic would be worth $2,000.00. If $2,000 seems low, check out recent auctions for Salesman Sample championship rings. And remember, the auction house gets 10%-30% of that $2,000.00.

I don’t think the Pawn Shop owner was pleased with my estimate and I stressed to him, I doubted the Super Bowl ring he had was authentic. But then, in a final desperate move, the seller got even dumber – claiming it had to be real because it was made of solid gold.

Guess he doesn’t look at championship rings for sale on eBay very often. Luckily for me, I spend a lot of time researching these things and he wasn’t going to fool me and pull the wool over my eyes.

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

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