Archive for March, 2018

Collecting Championship Rings Ain’t Easy – Part 2

March 22, 2018


Here’s a Panthers NFC Championship Ring that my gut says I’ll never own:


2015 Carolina Panthers championship ring


This seller and I are probably destined to never come to a deal. Meanwhile his dreams of taking someone to the cleaners by having them overpay by tens-of-thousands of dollars is sinking faster than the Titanic.

The above photo was captured in early February when this crazy (dare I say greedy) jeweler thought he would be selling this player NFC championship ring for around $70,000.

He was asking $75,000, but you can see in the photo above, he was accepting lower offers.

I had a prior history with this seller. About a year earlier, he had a buy it now and I pulled the trigger and purchased this very same championship ring. I recall I overpaid by a little, probably around $12,000 when these types of player AFC or NFC championship ring usually sell for around $5,000 – $10,000. I overpaid because it was a new championship ring, contained the proper wood presentation box, and was the first one from the Panthers 2015 championship to hit the market place.

Well the seller gave a b.s. reply and refused to sell me the championship ring – claiming his wife was emotionally attached to the ring and did not want to sell it after all. I tried to get ebay to pressure him into completing the deal, but no such luck. The Jeweler returned my money and that was the end of the story (or so I thought).

Fast forward to February of this year, and the same seller is now asking $75,000 for the same ring. Guess his wife had a change-of-heart. I made a fair offer and the offer was rejected. Now the seller was telling me, he wanted to test the waters and see what this championship ring could sell for.

He may be testing the waters, but his lack of research and his level of greed has basically resulted in him taking some markdowns since February, and now, as of today, this championship ring is now available on ebay for $40,000 with lower offers being accepted.

Mr. Greed has almost halved his asking price, and yet this championship ring continues to float on ebay, with no takers.

Oh well, I anxiously await my chance to buy someone else’s 2015 Panthers player ring for around the figure I stated earlier. It’s only a matter of time before a player championship ring becomes available at a more realistic price.

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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Astros Sold 112 World Series Rings to Fans

March 21, 2018


In a highly unusual promotion, the Astros sold the championship rings at their team store:


Astros 2017 World Series Rings and fan rings


The Houston Astros sold a very limited-edition Astros 2017 World Series Championship rings (made by Jostens) on Tuesday morning.

Each championship ring retails for $11,112 – symbolizing the 11 playoff games the Astros won on their way to a World Series title. When you add their 101 regular season victories, that equals 112 wins for the 2017 season.

The team also put one of the championship rings up for raffle with all proceeds benefiting the Astros Foundation.

The Commissioner’s iconic Trophy (also known as the World Series Trophy) will be in the Minute Maid Park store for fans to take photos with it.

It won’t be long before we see a few of these championship rings for sale on eBay, perhaps as early as today.

Sorry for the lousy photo of the Astros World Series ring. I have not been able to find the fan ring or the actual championship ring in a photo yet.

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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Two Championship Rings Stolen From Hockey Hall of Fame

March 19, 2018


The thief, shown below, entered the Hockey Hall of Fame while it was open and stole two championship rings donated by recent Hall of Fame inductee Paul Kariya:


Paul Kariva stolen championship rings from Hockey Hall of fame


Toronto police said the man shown above entered through an attached retail store, and then snuck into a supply closet connected to the Hall of Fame.

I’m no Sherlock Holmes, but sounds like this is an inside job (no pun intended).

The championship rings taken were Kariya’s 1993 world junior championship ring and 1994 world championship ring (one of them shown below).

Paul Kariva stolen championship rings from Hockey Hall of fame


The Hall was open at the time of the theft, and the police are hoping there are witnesses that can come forward and help solve this crime.

The police believe the thief was after a bigger stash, because he brought to the facility a rented U-Haul truck.

The Hall of Fame is lucky because near the championship rings were other items that had little or no security – other championship rings, and several Stanley Cup pieces, Conn Smythe trophies, famous hockey sticks and the teeth of the Broad Street Bullies.

Surprisingly, Paul Kariya is not as upset as you would expect. He’s taking things well, at least according to the Hockey Hall of Fame:

Hockey Hall of Fame chairman and fellow inductee Lanny McDonald personally called Kariya to inform him of the theft. Kariya said he “understood these things happen,” according to Hall of Fame.

The suspect is described as 25 to 35 years old, five-foot-10, clean-shaven and has dark brown hair. He was last seen wearing a blue winter jacket, grey hoodie, grey jogging pants, sunglasses, and a grey winter toque.

Anyone who sees or knows this man is being asked to contact Toronto police.

Please remember, I buy championship rings (never stolen ones). If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.


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Are We Looking at the Last Patriots Super Bowl Ring?

March 16, 2018


This photo hit twitter recently – showing a championship ring display moments before the Patriots received their Super Bowl LI rings in June of 2017:


Patriots Super Bowl LI ring


Not being a Patriots fan, I have had enough of them winning Super Bowls; however as a huge fan of championship rings, I love Patriot championship rings and freely admit, no team in professional sports makes as incredible rings as Robert Kraft and the Patriots do so often.

The photo above shows Tom Brady’s four previous Super Bowl rings and that their latest Super Bowl LI ring is under lock-and-key. As the Broncos had done the season before, keys were given out to recipients, and an elaborate box-within-a-box display with a pad lock was designed to make the presentation even more memorable.

Tom Brady’s name is shown near the box, that’s why I believe this is Tom’s actual Super Bowl ring, moments before receiving the key and go-ahead to open the contents. Brady and Belichick are the only two members of the organization who have won five Super Bowl rings, no other player has done so.

The free agency period this year has not been kind to the Patriots. In years past, there have been player-discounts; where talented players took less money to hop on the Brady/Belichick train to finally acquire a Super Bowl ring.

Perhaps the feeling around the league is that the good times and success are over, as the Patriots lost a lot more talent than they signed for the upcoming season. Not helping is that Brady will be 41 when the next season gets underway. So the photo above could actually be the Patriots last Super Bowl ring for quite a while.

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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Why Does This Jostens Packer Super Bowl Ring Look Different?

March 15, 2018


I’m not suggesting this Packer Super Bowl ring currently on eBay is not authentic, but why is it so different from the authentic player ring shown below?


(Click picture below for a larger picture)Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XXXI ring


Here’s the good:

  • It has a Jostens manufacturer mark inside the ring, just like an authentic ring.

  • The weight is dead-on, at 48 grams. Most fake rings are usually lighter than authentic rings, but sometimes heavier. Usually not right on the mark.
  • The seller states the championship ring is “guaranteed authentic” or your money back. Who exactly is qualified to guarantee it’s authentic? Remember, Jostens does not authenticate these rings for the buying public.

    Here’s the questionable:

  • Irv Lerner stamped rings with bogus Jostens marks. So just because a championship ring has one, does not prove it’s authentic.

  • Many of the diamond prongs look different on the ebay offering compared to the authentic player ring (see photos above).
  • The larger diamond to the right and slightly below the three small ones in the middle of the G, does not have the same gold round shape that surrounds the right part of the diamond.
  • Some of the letters, especially the lower part of the “R” in “World” and the “C” in “Champions” are shaped differently on both rings.
  • The top cluster of small diamonds at the center of the ring are spaced awfully in the ebay ring
  • The ebay ring looks to be made without a gold-shaped “G” that is placed below the diamonds that help the “G” pop out.

    Again, I am not saying the eBay offering is not authentic, I am just questioning why the differences?

    What do the readers of this championship ring blog think?

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


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