Archive for February, 2018

Super Bowl Rings and the Media World Collide

February 20, 2018

A writer for got angry at this week’s Tom Brady Super Bowl ring news story. His take on the situation is not exactly dead-on:

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His first bit of misinformation was “It would appear a member of Tom Brady’s family has sold a Super Bowl LI championship ring, and for an absolutely bonkers $344,927.”.

Well, in fairness to the writer, he would have no idea if that family member actually sold the ring at Goldin Auctions, or if they sold it for the low five figures. I am taking an educated guess that the championship ring was sold by that family member or friend for under, or about $20,000.00.

I say that because I was offered a Brady family Super Bowl ring recently. And here is one bit of information that no writer at Deadspin or ESPN bothered to research in their rush to come out with their articles…. the Patriots Super Bowl family ring cost $10,000 to purchase. This was told to me by a trusted insider.

Now the Super Bowl ring I was offered could have been a different Brady family ring, or the same one, we will never know for sure.

And many employees and players were able to buy family rings. Perhaps more than one, possibly as many as they wanted. These $10,000.00 family rings are 10-20% smaller than the player version super bowl rings, yet are scaled down and look fantastic.

The author never bothered to consider the costs of selling a Super Bowl ring and should have for his story. He implied that the Brady friend of family member put $344,927 in his pocket and could buy a house with his new found money.

Well actually, as I said before the original recipient probably sold the ring for $10,000 – $20,000.00. Let’s say they didn’t and consigned the Super Bowl ring directly to the auction house…..

The auction house would take between 20% and 30%. Say 25%, leaves the seller with around $258,000. Next, depending upon the seller’s tax bracket, there could be federal and state taxes. Since the Brady friend or family member did not actually buy the Super Bowl ring they might not be entitled to the reduced tax rate given for capital gains. I am not sure of the tax rate, but whoever received money for consigning the Super Bowl ring might owe 25% in taxes. If that’s the case, they are down to around $193.000.

$193,000 is still a lot of money, but significantly less than the $344,927 the writer thought the consigner walked away with.

Here’s another fact he got wrong from doing virtually zero research…. He wrote “the only piece of memorabilia to sell for more than this family ring in the past 25 years was a Mike Piazza uniform worn in the first Mets game after September 11, which reportedly sold for $365,000. “.

Guess he never researched Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring or some other pieces of sports memorabilia that have sold in the last twenty five years.

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 Sale Stuns The Marketplace

February 19, 2018

When the Goldin Auctions event ended this weekend, someone with deep pockets purchased this Tom Brady family Super Bowl ring for $344,927.50:

Tom Brady Family Super Bowl LI ring at Goldin Auctions

I don’t think any sports memorabilia collector or championship ring collector saw this coming…. certainly not me.

And the buzz after this Super Bowl ring sold was huge. I received emails and phone calls from championship ring collectors. No one could believe this championship ring sold for around 50% more than Lawrence Taylor’s actual   Super Bowl XXV ring.

Now before you accuse me of losing my mind, comparing Lawrence Taylor to Tom Brady, please note this is not Tom Brady’s actual ring. In fact, it’s a slightly smaller version than the Patriots Player Version Super Bowl LI ring. The Brady ring is slightly scaled down and somehow appears identical to the player championship ring version. The Brady Super Bowl ring is approximately 10% smaller than the player Super Bowl ring and contains around 23 fewer diamonds. The diamonds that are lacking are small ones, not the large football shaped ones that dominate the top of the championship ring.

Speaking of losing my mind, I was offered this Super Bowl ring before it hit the auction block but I turned it down (not even offering a price to the seller) because I wanted a player-sized version of the ring. Like I said, I never envisioned the final auction purchase price and no one else did either.

While other Super Bowl and championship rings in the auction sold for what you would expect – it still shows that the selling prices of championship rings is not quite where they were a few years back.

But the sale of the Brady Super Bowl ring does show that highly unusual items, or those belonging to legends, command huge premiums over front office, sample, or even player championship rings from player’s who are not house-hold names.

Other speculation is perhaps, the Patriots or even Tom Brady bid on this Super Bowl ring to keep it from entering the market place. I have heard from many championship ring collectors over the years that Al Davis, former owner of the Raiders used to buy back Raider Super Bowl rings.

While the person who wanted to sell me this Brady Super Bowl ring might have been the consigner in the Goldin auction, or perhaps he did sell the ring and that buyer consigned the ring, we will probably never know who consigned this Super Bowl ring and the identify of the person who won the championship ring this week at auction.

Congratulations to Goldin Auctions, and the consigner and purchaser of this championship ring – what a story!

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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The Toronto Argonauts and Their Championship Rings

February 15, 2018

Oliver, our championship ring enthusiast from the North, comes through again with a great email and photographs:

CFL Grey Cup championship rings of the Toronto Argonauts

Here’s the note Oliver sent me this week. Oliver, thanks for this and all your other contributions!

“Hi Mike,

Long time,

The Toronto Argonauts are due to receive their new Grey Cup Rings this June. They are the reigning Grey Cup Champions and attached is an incredible image of the teams previous 5 Grey Cup Rings in a display box.

1991, 1996, 1997, 2004 and 2012.

These absolutely stunning rings feature the teams iconic “A” logo in the center covered in diamonds.

Also attached is a close-up of my favorite of the five rings, the 1997 Grey Cup ring.



Oliver’s favorite Toronto Argonauts championship ring is shown here:

CFL Grey Cup championship rings of the Toronto Argonauts

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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A Nice Looking Championship Ring Display Case Spotted on Twitter

February 14, 2018

The tweet did not mention who made the display case, or how to acquire one, but I wanted to pass along how nice and useful this case is.

championship ring display units

While the display case shown above was probably not specifically made for championship rings, you can see it is a perfectly sized unit, capable of holding 80 rings.

And not to sound too judgmental, you can see that some of the championship rings shown in the photo are not so realistic replicas of the real championship rings that the manufacturer tried to emulate.

I get a lot of emails from blog readers asking how close those Chinese knockoffs are – since many of them use photos of real championship rings. As you know I am not affiliated with knockoffs and don’t sell them, and all I can say is “I have no idea” how close they come to looking like the originals. I often say that the quality probably varies from ring-to-ring and you can see that in the photo above.

So if you are contemplating getting an acrylic display case for your championship rings, here are some ideas to help you.

1) Replica and real championship rings are heavy. Make sure your case either has, or will be built with very thick shelving so it won’t sag in the middle. Ask the seller or builder to glue the middle of the shelf to the back of the unit. Nothing looks worse than sagging shelves.

2) This display unit does not have a key-lock but some do. Get one with a lock so no one walks off with any of your championship rings. And make sure your unit has holes in the back so it can be wall-mounted.

3) The unit shown above does not have a glass mirror backing, but some do. Decide if you want a black back or a mirror.

4) I have no idea what this unit was originally built to display. The few lifters that you can see in the photo are there to hold something – perhaps a golf ball or something else. Don’t get a baseball display unit, they are built to accommodate baseballs and hockey pucks that are much larger than rings, and you will wind up with a lot of wasted space and less room to display rings.

5) Last, if championship rings get much larger, you may not be able to fit future rings in the display unit shown above. Check out on the bottom row the New England Patriots Super Bowl XXXIX ring; it barley fits in the unit.

Last, I’ve had custom quality cases built by Dan, who owns Lin Terry and does exceptional work. You can contact him through his website:

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

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Historic 1929 World Series Ring Coming to Auction

February 13, 2018

SCP Auctions will be handling this rare and historic item:

1929 world sereis ring a's athletics, Jack Quinn

Please note I am not affiliated with this World Series ring or the auction house, I’m just here to blog about the world of championship rings.

The World Series ring shown above was awarded to Jack Quinn and he had quite a major league career. While Quinn didn’t get to the major league until the age of 25, he made up for it, having a long MLB career spanning from 1909 to 1933.

During that long baseball stretch, Quinn won two World Series with the Philadelphia Athletics (1929 and 1930).

The winning bidder of his 1929 World Series ring will have the ring from the oldest player ever to start a World Series game, having turned 47 during the 1929 season.

According to SCP Auctions, the World Series ring will be for sale in their next catalog, set to be start in March. SCP estimates it will sell for $40,000-$50,000. I have no idea if it does, but hopefully this vintage World Series will come with solid paperwork so there will be no future title issues or disputes.

The World Series ring, miniscule by today’s standards, has a single diamond and two crossed baseball bats with “29” to designate the year. The front also displays the team’s long-gone elephant mascot and a globe with the word “Champions” engraved inside a banner.

Very few World Series rings from the 1920′s have come up for sale and Quinn’s special history makes this a highly collectible piece.

The following season Quinn, set another record – becoming the oldest player to finish a game in the World Series.

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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