Archive for August, 2018

The Championship Ring Hat Maker May Be Retiring

August 31, 2018


I get plenty of inquiries, requesting the contact information for the mysterious Championship Ring Hat Maker. Now it turns out, he may have made his last championships ring hat:


championship ring hat maker


According to ABC 13 Eyewitness News out of Houston Texas, Rion Loisel, the championship ring hat maker is retiring. The photo above is not of Loisel, but it does possibly show the last championship ring hat that he’ll make.

The television (and internet) news station, did a recent story on an Astros fan (shown above) who was seen at an Astros game wearing one of Loisel’s World Series championship ring creations.

The remarkable thing about Loisel, is how he creates a nearly exact recreation of so many diverse championship rings, including Super Bowl rings, and World Series rings.

His works can often be seen on television and on the internet, usually being worn by hard-core fans of teams, who are attending games.

“Spencer”, a Louisiana-native, shown above, has been a fan of the Astros since his childhood. He had his friend, Rion Loisel make him the World Series hat. Turns out, Loisel is also from Louisiana and ABC 13 Eyewitness News mentioned that Loisel’s company is called Championship Ring Hats and is (or was) based out of Metairie, Louisiana.

According to the Eyewitness news story, Loisel, has created hundreds of custom handcrafted ring hats over the years, but says he has pretty much retired from the hobby.

“The one you saw the other night, is actually the last one I did,” Loisel says about the Astros ring hat. “It’s just gotten too hard, too little time, and they just take too much time to make…so we’ll see what happens.”

Please do not ask me for Loisel’s contact information. I do not have it.

Loisel has been a friend to the championship ring world, helping to showcase so many great championship rings, and the enthusiasm fans have for these magnificent showpieces.

I wish Loisel well, and hopes he continues to make these incredible hats.

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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A Custom Made Display With the Latest Super Bowl Ring

August 29, 2018


Scott, a championship ring enthusiast and reader of this blog, sent in this photo of a shadow box he designed:


Eagles Super Bowl Ring Display


As you can see, it prominently features a replica Eagles Super Bowl LII ring and an actual ticket from the Super Bowl game. Additionally it includes some terrific Eagles memorabilia. According to Scott, “I obtained all the tickets and cards on Ebay and had the whole thing custom framed. After waiting my whole life for the Eagles to win a Superbowl it was truly a labor of love putting this together.”

In speaking with Scott I learned he is a lifelong Eagles fan and has no desire to make additional shadow boxes, so please do not email me asking how to purchase this amazing display.

Scott did share that he had the shadow box made by a custom framer, so it looks like you will have to make your own design and either build it yourself or find a good framer.

Here’s a close up of that replica Eagles Super Bowl ring:

Eagles Super Bowl Ring Display


For those looking for a replica championship ring for a shadow box, please don’t contact me or ask me for advice. I don’t purchase replica championship rings and I don’t sell them. Perhaps you can find them on eBay. I’m not affiliated with any championship ring makers so I’m not sure as to the quality or availability of these things.

Congratulations to Scott for designing such a wonderful looking shadow box and thanks for sharing!

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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Philly Three Championship Ring Package offered on eBay

August 27, 2018


I’ve never seen a set of championship rings offered on eBay quite like this before:


Philadelphia championship rings


Here’s a highly unusual way to package a set of championship rings and sell them on eBay. Each of the three championship rings in this auction are from three different Philadelphia teams.

It looks like the most desired championship ring in the offering is the Eagles 2017 Super Bowl fan ring. As I blogged in June, the Jostens ultimate fan ring may be the nicest Super Bowl fan ring ever offered to the public. Only 127 of these were made for sale and sold out for the price of $11,127.00.

The next offering in this three-piece set is a Phillies 1993 NL Championship ring that belonged to former player, Kent Tekulve. It comes with a LOA signed by Hunt Auctions and Kent Tekulve.

Finally, the last ring is supposed to be a Philadelphia Flyers 1975 Salesman Sample Stanley Cup ring and the seller states it too comes with an LOA. I have some serious questions about this salesman sample ring and if I was buying this package I would be concerned if the sample ring was actually made by Balfour. I’m not stating it was or wasn’t made by Balfour, without inspecting it in person, I am not sure.

The three-ring championship ring package is currently being auctioned on ebay, with no “but it now” or “best offer option”.

At a starting bidding price of $33,000.00 it’s highly unlikely there will be a single bid.

I am not affiliated with any of these championship rings or the seller, I’m just here to blog about the world of championship rings.

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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Oscar Robertson’s 1971 NBA Championship Ring sells for $91,138 at Auction

August 21, 2018


The championship ring the Hall of Fame guard was awarded with Milwaukee for his only NBA title sold a few days ago at the Lelands.com 2018 Invitational Auction:


Oscar Robertson 1971 NBA Championship ring at Lelands auction


Meanwhile another Oscar Robertson championship ring, his Robertson’s Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame ring, sold for an impressive $60,659 in the same auction.

Please note I am not affiliated with Lelands or any of their championship rings in this auction.

According to Lelands, here’s their description of Robertson’s ’71 NBC Championship ring:

From one of only two players to ever average a triple double for a season, and one of NBA’s top 50 players of all time, this ring represents the epitome of the Big O’s career. Aside from his incredible stats, 1971 would mark the only year Oscar Robertson would win an NBA title. Even more amazing is that it was his first year with the Bucks, having been traded in stunning fashion by the Cincinnati Royals. Robertson, paired with a young Lew Alcindor (Not yet Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) proved an unstoppable force.

The Bucks would win an astounding 66 games in the regular season, cruise through the playoff at 12-2 and sweep the Baltimore Bullets for the title. This is the one and only ring Oscar received for that magical season and has been in his possession ever since. A real diamond is set in a basketball shaped setting with the inscription “NBA WORLD CHAMPIONS” on the face, “O. Robertson 20 Straight Milwaukee Bucks” with buck logo on one side and “1971 NBA” with Jerry West Logo on the other side. The ring is size 13.5, 10k gold and in NM condition.

With the auctiion results I’ve covered this week, it’s looking like the prices realized for championship rings is finally on the rise again. Perhaps it has to do with a strong economy, and/or income tax reductions, and/or the terrific numbers in the stock market. Or maybe none of these factors. Who knows?

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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Seahawks’ Super Bowl Ring Fetches $50,400 at Auction

August 20, 2018


Not only was the selling price surprising, there’s something about this championship ring that should have made it sell for a lot less:


Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII ring for sale at Heritage auctions


A championship ring from the Seahawks’ 2013 Super Bowl victory just sold this weekend at Heritage Auction’s “August Platinum Night.”

I am not affiliated with this championship ring, and I’m not affiliated with Heritage auctions, I’m just here to blog about the world of championship rings.

The Super Bowl ring sold for a lot more than expected, but the part that’s really mind-blowing is that the championship ring (it is a player’s size version), was not a player’s ring.

One reason this Super Bowl ring, (not especially huge by today’s standards), did so well at auction was that this is the first Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII ring to be made publicly available. I actually own a Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII Super Bowl ring but it was purchased privately.

The pre-sale estimate by Heritage was for just over $20,000. With the buyer’s premium, the Super Bowl ring sold for $50,400, which is more than double the expected amount.

Perhaps the buyer got confused… almost every championship ring will have the player’s number displayed prominently on the side of the ring, but in this case, if the original recipient was not a player on the team , a “12″ was placed on the side of the ring instead of a jersey number. The “12″ on front office and coaches rings, pays tribute to the team’s very loud fans, as they are often referred to as the “12th man”.

While this Super Bowl ring was in excellent condition and came with the proper wood presentation box, the value of this championship ring will probably not hold up in future years if the winning bidder decides to sell it.

As I often preach here at my championship ring blog, patience when building your collection is a very good idea. As player rings from this year eventually hit the market place (and front office rings too), prices will come down.

And most front office rings, if player size, are much less desirable to collectors than player’s rings. Front office rings usually sell for under $20,000; the exception being those gigantic New England Patriot championship rings, because of their size and because of demand.

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


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