July 23, 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 39:

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

Yes, I realize there are now 52 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 or 52 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 photos of a Super Bowl ring that has circulated on the internet for years. So, no, I don’t own Ray Nitschke’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.

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 this 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 is a very special championship ring – it’s the first Super Bowl ring ever and when this title game was played back in January of 1967, it wasn’t called Super Bowl I until a few years later. This championship ring was designed and manufactured by Jostens.

The Super Bowl I ring is a challenge to rank. That’s because compared to almost every other Super Bowl ring, it is the least flashy and is really a throw-back to an earlier time in championship ring design. Yet, it’s the most historic Super Bowl ring ever, so both factors were balanced and used in my ranking process.

Only four Super Bowl rings have ever been designed that contained a single diamond, the others being the Colts Super Bowl V ring, the Dolphins Super Bowl VII ring and the Steelers Super Bowl IV ring. And the Packers Super Bowl I ring diamond was smaller than the other three mentioned.

The shanks on the Packer Super Bowl I ring are nice and well-designed. The Packers found a cool way to pay homage to the team’s three other titles, by placing the championship years on the helmet (see photo above).

Larger more impressive Super Bowl rings would start to seen the following season when the Packers (and then the Jets) made larger Super Bowl rings with more bling.

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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