Archive for June, 2018

Pawn Stars Showcases Three 49er Super Bowl Rings

June 28, 2018

A recent Pawn Stars segment, showed Rick being offered three player Super Bowl rings. Unfortunately for Rick, the seller turned out to be too knowledgeable and was not taken advantage of:

Pawn stars super bowl rings and championship rings

“Scott” was filmed for the TV show, at the famous Las Vegas Gold and Silver Pawn shop, where he supposedly was there to try to sell his three Super Bowl rings.

First off, this was not me, using a fake name, I would never sell any of my championship rings to Rick, or his pawn shop.

Second, the man named “Scott” on the segment is not the well-known West Coast championship ring dealer Scott Welkowsky.

Last, word on the street is that the Pawn Stars show sometimes uses scripts, and often tries to create compelling drama. Occasionally, the sellers really have no desire to actually sell their items, and sometimes when a deal appears lost on the segment, off camera it’s actually made. Or sometimes what you believe is sold to the Pawn Shop, may not actually be sold.

So keep in mind, the link to the video below is fascinating and is must-watch TV for championship ring enthusiasts, but it’s hard to know what exactly is real and accurate, and what is “made-for-TV”.

Last, I don’t know the memorabilia expert who Rick called in. Rick has had some other sports memorabilia collectors on the show in the past. The guy Rick used in this segment, rather quickly determined the Super Bowl rings were authentic. I know when I examine a Super Bowl ring, and I have a feeling I’ve examined a lot more Super Bowl rings than the guy Rick used, (who is affiliated with a smaller but well-known auction company).

I would venture to say, most “super” championship ring collectors have seen and examined more championship rings than Rick and his expert have, and we all would need more time to evaluate if the championship ring was authentic. Other issues that never came up in the segment, perhaps in the interest of moving the story along, was weighing the championship ring and seeing if the weights matched the original rings weight in grams, asking for proof of title, and checking the internet to see if the Super Bowl rings were ever reported as lost or stolen.

Rick’s expert said these championship rings would retail at $20,000.00 each. Really, that’s the retail price? It’s true, that some Super Bowl rings have sold as low as $20,000 recently, however the three on the Pawn Stars show were a little more on the rare side, more desirable, contained the original wood championship ring boxes, and each player played in the Super Bowl games (unlike many rings that hit the market of injured players, or non-starters, or practice squad players).

The producers of Pawn Stars did the segment quite well – it certainly was interesting. Here’s the link:

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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Eagles Giving Away a Super Bowl Ring

June 26, 2018

A drawing from donations will win one lucky person their very own Super Bowl ring. Proceeds will benefit the Eagles Autism Challenge:

Eagles Super Bowl ring raffle

The Philadelphia Eagles have announced that they will raffle off a player-sized Super Bowl LII ring, with the proceeds going to the Eagles Autism Challenge.

The championship ring will be the same version that the players and staff received, meaning it will be made of 10K solid white gold and contain 219 diamonds and 17 green sapphires.

As shown above, the Super Bowl ring will also be personalized with the winning person’s last name on the side of the ring.

The contest is currently underway, and runs through September 30.

To enter, fans need to make a donation to the Eagles Autism Challenge, beginning at $10 for 100 entries. (A link to the website is provided below).

In addition to winning a Super Bowl ring, the lucky fan who wins will also get 50-yard line seats to the December 3 Monday Night Football game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field and receive the championship ring that evening.

In a first for a championship ring raffle, there are additional incentives available for fans who submit 2,500 entries or more.

Here’s the link to contribute and purchase your raffle tickets:

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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Yankees Create a Souvenir Cup With World Series Rings

June 25, 2018

Not only does the Yankee cup show plenty of World Series Rings, it also contains a mystery or two:

yankees world series rings cup

Nathan, a championship ring enthusiast and reader of this blog, sent this photo of the Yankees cup. Here’s the text from his email :

“Thought you might like then souvenir cup the Yankees have this year at the stadium. Has some nice rings featured but why would they include a 56 Dodgers NL championship ring?”

Nathan, that’s a great question. I have no idea, so I’m hoping that other readers of this championship ring blog can answer that question. At first, the only possible theory I could come up with is that the 1956 World Series is considered one of the greatest series in Yankee history.

In 1956, the Yankees had an October rematch with the rival Dodgers in a Subway World Series. The teams had met a bunch of times in the Fall Classic, but this time, the Dodgers were first-time World Champions. The Yankees dethroned them in a classic seven game series. In game five Don Larson pitched a perfect game. So perhaps the Yankees or the cup designer(s) wanted to pay tribute to a special World Series?

But in examining the cup for this blog, I noticed that one of the Yankee World Series rings is not real. From Left to Right, top to bottom, here are the championship rings shown in the photo:

yankees world series rings cup

  • Yankees 2009 World Series Ring

  • Yankee 199? World Series Ring (hard to see the year, but no matter, this is a Yankee ring that was never issued)
  • Yankees 1978 World Series Ring
  • Yankees 1950′s-1960s World Series Ring. Except for ’53, they all looked alike. This could be from 1961, it’s hard to read
  • Brooklyn Dodgers 1956 National League Championship Ring
  • Yankees 2000 World Series Ring

    So now that we know one of the Yankee rings is not close to the team-issued player version, is it possible the designer(s) of this souvenir cup had no idea what they were doing, and thought somehow the Dodger ring was a Yankee ring?

    I hope we get to the bottom of this! Thanks again Nathan for your contributions!

    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 Top Secret Championship Ring

    June 21, 2018

    Is the latest New England Championship ring really under wraps, a move mandated by the Organization?

    Patriots 2017 AFC championship ring

    Sorry for the really poor-quality photo shown above of the Patriots 2017 AFC Championship ring.

    The ring was awarded (if that’s the proper wording in this instance) a week or two ago to players, coaches, and team staff.

    No press releases, or quality photos were issued by the team, or the company that was chosen to design and manufacture the Patriots latest championship ring.

    Not a single player, coach, or front office employee, photographed the championship ring and posted it on Twitter, Instagram, or even facebook. All except one former player, no longer associated with the team. And it was reported that even he removed the championship photos from his Twitter account.

    The former player and his 2017 AFC championship ring is shown above. It belongs to Brandin Cooks, now with the Rams.

    Eventually one of these championship rings will find their way to an auction house and much better photos will someday be available. However for the time being, it looks like championship ring enthusiasts will not have a better image to view.

    Special thanks to Sam M. a Patriot fan from Boston, and loyal reader of this championship ring blog. Sam sent me a photo of the ring. I commented to him that compared to the beautiful AFC championship ring the Patriots issued after the 2011 season, when they lost to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, their newest AFC ring was not as nice. Perhaps the organization had lost their enthusiasm in designing runner up rings. Maybe losing a Super Bowl after two recent Super Bowl victories in 2014 and 2016 made a loss unacceptable.

    Sam thought differently, not seeing the new championship rings as inferior to their last AFC ring. He said “it’s not less bling as much as its different color bling. The Pats have started to shift in a little different direction with blue background instead of all diamond background. The SB 51 ring was the first one the Pats did with that blue background, and I think our next few will be like that, assuming they happen with this ownership. But to me it still looks pretty loud and pretty big for a conference ring. Probably a little less loud then 2011 but I don’t think it’s an intentional step back I think it’s just there effort to make them all not to look exactly the same”.

    Sam added “The SB 51 ring looks a lot like the SB 39 ring just with a blue background; the 2017 AFC ring looks a lot like 2007 AFC ring just with a blue background.”

    Thanks for your contributions Sam! They are very much appreciated.

    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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    LeGarrette Blount’s Three Super Bowl Rings

    June 19, 2018

    In a class-move, Tom Brady congratulated Blount in obtaining his newest Super Bowl ring:

    LeGarrette Blount three super bowl rings and comparing the eagles and patriots super bowl rings

    Sometimes it takes a very long time for championship ring enthusiasts to finally see how a new championship ring stacks up against other recent championship ring issues.

    In this case, we now know that the Eagles Super Bowl LII is quite large but nowhere near as massive as the Patriots last two Super Bowl rings.

    Don’t blame the Eagles for making a smaller championship ring than the Patriots. No NFL team makes as massive Super Bowl rings as the Patriots do, and the NFL has specific guidelines for how large and blinged-out a team’s first Super Bowl ring should be.

    LaGarrette with three Super Bowl rings, is now only two behind Tom Brady in that department. When he posted his three championship rings on Instagram this week with the photo shown above, Brady messaged back with “You have EARNED them my brother!”.

    Nice move by Tom Brady, and congratulations to LeGarrette Blount.

    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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