June 5, 2018

My newest themed Championship Ring Column, the ranking all 50 Super Bowl rings from worst to first continues – We’re now up to number 40:

(Click picture below for a larger picture)Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII ring

Yes, I realize there are now 51 Super Bowl rings, however, when I started this blog series, there were only 50. And since I probably won’t own or get my hands on a Super Bowl 51 ring anytime soon, I’ll stick with the first 50 championship rings for this series.

Please note, I usually don’t show player’s names on Super Bowl rings, so please excuse me when I cover their name and uniform number. In this case however, I’m using a sample Super Bowl ring from the original press release. So, no, I don’t own Russell Wilson’s super bowl ring.

The Super Bowl ring shown above is not one of my favorite among the 50. Sooner or later we’ll get the best of the best, but for now we’re starting at the bottom and working our way up; but it’s important to mention we’re passing a milestone in this blog series on the best 50 Super Bowl rings:

We’ve covered ten Super Bowl rings, and each of those ten have an issue or two with the design of the rings. That’s why they were ranked so low. We are now onto the next set of Super Bowl rings and there are no design flaws or characteristics about the rings that will be criticized.

Before we get into details about the championship ring shown above, I just want to review the ranking process:

The Super Bowl ring ranking has absolutely nothing to do with my affection or non-affection to the team or players the championship rings were awarded to. The ranking of these Super Bowl rings also have nothing to do with the team’s season or the specific title game either. The ranking is based solely on the championship ring design.

Last, I probably don’t spend enough time on many of my championship ring blogs discussing the shanks (sides of the championship rings) but in this ongoing blog series, shanks will be discussed and contribute to the rankings too.

Please keep in mind that I collect Super Bowl rings and acquiring a player’s version of this championship ring was not easy – few of them have been offered to the public. It was an important acquisition and I’m thrilled to own a player Super Bowl ring. Some Super Bowl rings have to be ranked below the very best; and this one in my opinion is one of them. However, it doesn’t take away from the tremendous pride the players, coaching staff, and executives feel when being awarded this or any other Super Bowl ring.

The Super Bowl ring shown above belongs to the Seattle Seahawks team and is officially known as a Super Bowl XLVIII ring. It was designed and manufactured by Tiffany and Company.

Whoever came up with the design (whether it was the team or the ring manufacturer) created a championship ring that just seems a little uninspiring. Almost like they went through the motions – the team’s iconic logo and a bed of small diamonds on top of the ring, and that one-football shaped diamond that represents the teams first (and only) Super Bowl title. Perhaps I feel it’s uninspiring because we have seen so many AFC and NFC championship rings in the same format – a logo and lots of diamonds around it.

With white-gold being the standard go-to color these days in championship rings (unless you are the Steelers or Saints or perhaps another team that has gold prominently featured in their uniform colors) the Seahawks ring lacks contrasting colors to help make the ring pop.

Compared to other Super Bowl rings from this time period, the Seahawks ring is on the small size – however, that’s probably due to the fact that the NFL has guidelines on how large and ostentatious a team’s first Super Bowl ring should be.

While many of the Super Bowl rings that ranked lower than the Seahawks ring had lousy designs on the two sides, the Seahawks and Tiffany did a terrific job with the shanks (sides) of this championship ring.

One of my favorite features of this Super Bowl ring is that the team paid tribute to their “12th”man (their insanely loud fans, who created tons of problems for opposing teams). You can see the “12″ on the flag right above the player’s uniform number.

The Seahawks ring was made of solid white 14kt gold, and has approximately a 2.33 total carat weight. The logo contains 64 round diamonds and the ring totals 183 diamonds and 40 blue sapphires.

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

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