Archive for July, 2018

BYU Has a Terrific Super Bowl Ring Display

July 18, 2018


The school shows a really nice way to put fake Chinese replica Super Bowl rings to good use:


BYU Brigham Young University super bowl ring display


I want to give credit to Benjamin Criddle; he’s a huge BYU (Brigham Young University) alum and fan of all of their sports programs.

Ben played for the BYU football team around 10 years ago and now is an annalist with ESPN.

Ben tweeted the photo above and the following caption:

BYU Brigham Young University super bowl ring display


The NFL shield is the perfect backdrop, and the large full-size Lombardi trophy is a masterful centerpiece of this display – and the championship rings, trophy, shield and wording are all protected within thick glass.

Although more than 40 Super Bowl rings have been won by players and coaches, I count 24 actual championship rings inside the display. Perhaps their policy is to only place one specimen championship ring for each specific Super Bowl.

With about six risers left, looks like BYU may be needing to make some modifications to their impressive display within a few years.

Hopefully other colleges are doing something similar – this is an outstanding idea!

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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Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson Auctioning Championship Ring

July 16, 2018


Oscar Robertson is auctioning some of his most cherished basketball memorabilia, including his 1971 NBA Championship Ring:


Oscar Robertson Championship ring


Robertson, a former NBA MVP and Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, is selling many of his basketball possessions in a Lelands.com auction that runs until August. 17.

Among his 51 items in the event, is the championship ring he won with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1971 (see above), his basketball Hall of Fame ring and induction trophy, 11 of his NBA All-Star rings — he was a 12-time All-Star — and his game-worn jerseys from the Bucks and his college days at the University of Cincinnati.

Each item comes with a letter of authenticity signed by Robertson, whose HOF NBA career ended in 1974. After retirement, he had his jersey number retired by both the Bucks and Sacramento Kings. He was elected to the Naismith Hall of Fame in 1980. Additionally Robertson had nine first team All-NBA selections and won the NBA Most Valuable Player award in 1964.

Recently Robertson was honored with the NBA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Look for his 1971 championship ring and his HOF ring to go for big bucks (no pun intended).

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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There’s More to Collecting Than Just Championship Rings

July 13, 2018


The next issue of “Gridiron Greats – The Digest of North American Football and Its Memorabilia” will be showcasing my football display pieces:


collecting football display pieces besides championship rings


As our readers know, this blog is all about championship rings; and very rarely do I deviate from this topic.

However, with my championship rings locked up at the local bank vault, I do get enjoyment out of collecting trophies and other assorted sports memorabilia. As a result, I have a sports memorabilia room with some interesting display pieces.

Bob Swick, owner and publisher of this fantastic publication, invited me to write a story on collecting pieces for a display room or “man cave”. Bob encouraged me to share stories about where I find these rare pieces and some of the crazy anecdotes that go with collecting them.

If you’re not a subscriber, please visit Bob’s website and subscribe today. And if you like championship rings, I often write very long and comprehensive articles for Gridiron Greats on this topic. Here’s the link: http://www.gridirongreatsmagazine.com/

If you subscribe, you can see my collection for yourself (plenty of photographs and information and tips to build your own collection). If you’re planning to attend the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland later this summer, please stop by Bob’s booth.

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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How Not To Buy a Championship Ring

July 11, 2018


Here’s a lesson I learned years ago, and I’m passing this tip onto championship ring collectors:


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When you purchase a championship ring, the title (or proof) that the championship ring was sold by the original owner can be as important to own as the ring itself.

Even if you know the original recipient sold the championship ring, often when word gets out in the press or internet that an athlete sold a championship ring, pride kicks in and they will often say the championship ring was lost or stolen and that they are rightfully still the owner.

If you happen to own that championship ring or you’re contemplating purchasing it, what do you think a statement like that from the original owner does to the value of the championship ring?

And although a seller might want to sweep a claim that the ring was lost or stolen under the rug, thanks to the internet, these statements an athlete makes are only a click away from discovery.

This problem reminds me of a story a few years back. Goldin auctions had a terrific player Super Bowl ring in an auction. Of course the media caught up with the player and asked about the championship ring. Blindsided and embarrassed, the player stated the Super Bowl ring was stolen.

Often, that statement would mean the championship ring would be yanked from the auction, however in this case, Ken Goldin, owner of the auction company was ready: Ken released a statement showing the original player sold his Super Bowl ring to someone and Ken even produced photographs of the paperwork in his press release proving the player signed a bill of sale.

So in this case, the auction went on and the Super Bowl ring was successfully sold.

Very often resellers and buyers “forget” or “neglect” to obtain proper proof a championship ring was sold, and trust me on this, it often comes back to bite you in the ass.

I just went through a situation where I was all set to buy a championship ring and although almost every sentence in the negotiation ended with me saying I can not buy this championship ring without solid proof that it was sold by the original recipient, I never received the paperwork.

So after a couple of weeks I gave up. And you know what? I’m better off and you will be too. And had I received that paperwork (and you should do this too) I would have authenticated it just as carefully as the championship ring itself.

Please remember as always, I buy championship rings (with paperwork!) If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.


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Putting Super Bowl Rings to Good Use

July 9, 2018


Torrey Smith, a Former Eagles WR came up with a great way to help another team:


Torrey Smith super bowl rings


The former Eagles WR is raising money for the Conshohocken Electric Force Track club and wait to you hear the great idea he came up with to do this.

Smith is attempting to fund their trip to the AAU Junior Olympics at the end of the month in Des Moines, Iowa by letting fans take pictures with his Ravens and Eagles’ Super Bowl rings.

“I know how much the win meant to the people here. The Super Bowl ring means a lot to me as well, but it will also be sitting in my safe for the next year or few years, so I think it will be a great opportunity to take a picture with it and make money for the kids, ” said Smith.

Next Friday evening, Smith is doing the fundraiser at the Conshy Corner Tavern. For a $20 minimum, you can take a photograph with one or both championship rings. The proceeds will hopefully help these kids bring home some flashy bling of their own.

Great job Torrey, and hopefully other athletes will take notice and do similar fundraising events.

Here’s a link to the video story:

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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