Archive for September, 2018

Fans Get to Line Up Before Home Games to try on Super Bowl Ring

September 17, 2018


A former Saints employee lets fans take pictures with his prized Super Bowl ring before each home game:


Barra Birrcher Saints Super Bowl ring


Barra Birrcher spent 36 years behind the scenes with the Saints. He retired in 2007, two years before the Saints won their first and only Super Bowl ring.

Birrcher was involved in everything for the Saints – from running the small marketing department (one guy and a secretary) to rounding up talent for halftime shows and hiring police escorts for the team.

Birrcher arrived in 1971, the same year as Archie Manning. The years that followed were often rough for a sports fan and front office staff for the team.

But when the team’s fortunes changed, owner Tom Benson made sure there were two seats at the Super Bowl for retiree Birrcher and his wife, Kay.

And when the Saints beat the Colts to win the Super Bowl, Benson made sure his loyal employee was rewarded with the ultimate thank-you, a player-sized Super Bowl ring.

The owner of the Saints is not the only class act in this story. Birrcher can be found at Saints home games, before kick-off in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Hall of Fame; giving a long line of fans the chance to try on his Super Bowl ring and take selfies with it.

The 14-karat yellow gold bauble weighs in at more than 2 ounces. It’s encrusted with diamonds around a fleur-de-lis, and engraved with team mottos and the score and date of the fateful Super Bowl, XLIV.

In the bustling Hall of Fame before a recent preseason game, fans snapped selfies with the trophy, the women holding it to their cheek, the men making a fist near their jaw.

Birrcher truly enjoys sharing the love.

“I was very fortunate to get a ring from Mr. Benson,” he said. “And it’s a nice thing to share the ring with everybody, because we feel it belongs to everybody.”

Birrcher is a current member of the board of directors of the Saints Hall of Fame, which he notes is an independent organization not connected to the NFL team. Despite being retired, he is booked up with obligations to the Kiwanis and Lions clubs. He’s especially proud of a project the Lions do every fall, screening kids free of charge for eye problems.

“After the season, it goes into the lockbox. I don’t wear it. It’s very heavy,” he said.

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


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An Unexpected Place to Find Yankees World Series Rings

September 14, 2018


Recently a family member visited a ball park – not located in New York. Look what they found on display in the stadium’s Museum:


Yankee world series rings on display at Rays ballpark, Tropicana field


The museum is named the “Ted Williams Museum” and it’s located inside Tropicana Field, home to the Tampa Rays.

According to the team’s website:

“The Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame brings a special element to the Tropicana Field. Fans can view an array of different artifacts and pictures of the “Greatest hitter that ever lived.” These memorable displays range from Ted Williams’ days in the military through his professional playing career.

This museum is dedicated to some of the greatest players to ever “lace ‘em up,” including Willie Mays, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, and Sadaharu Oh.

The Rays invite all fans to enjoy this unique experience in sharing a rare glimpse into these extraordinary players’ lives. The Museum is located just past the rotunda on the right hand side. Admission to the museum is free.”


Apparently, the museum is not only geared to honor the greatest players in baseball history, they are also honoring their Division Rival, the New York Yankees.

I realize that lots of residents in Tampa are originally from New York. And the Yankees were involved in Tampa baseball long before the Rays came into existence. The Yankees play their spring training games in Tampa, and also have corporate offices, play minor league baseball, and even own and operate a stadium named after George Steinbrenner in the city.

But to show your rival’s World Series rings, might be taking things too far.

I recall that when the Mets new stadium opened several years ago, Mets owner Fred Wilpon showed his fascination with the Brooklyn Dodgers by going way overboard in highlighting Brooklyn Dodger artifacts and reminders about that team all over the new stadium.

Fans resented that and let the Mets know this was unacceptable. This was the Mets ball park and deserved to be adorned with a Mets theme, not a Dodgers theme. Finally after a lot of complaints, the Mets complied and changed the feel of the stadium to a lot more Mets themed ballpark.

Perhaps the Rays should do the same.

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


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Cowboys 1975 NFC Championship Ring is a Classic

September 12, 2018


Searching for the rare, good championship ring deal on eBay, I came across this great looking, and classic Cowboys ring:


Dallas Cowboys 1975 NFC Championship ring


Sadly, it’s not a great deal, and looking at the inside engraving, I’m not certain it’s authentic. Cowboy player rings from this year should have the jersey number featured below the helmet, yet a lot of the Staubach salesman sample rings have an image of the stadium. The image of the stadium was put on front office rings, where there was no uniform number associated with the recipient. Hummmm…..

The eBay offering is not made of solid gold, so at $3,000.00 one can argue it is not a priced-to-sell championship ring.

Moving on from the pricing concern, the championship ring photo reminded me how this Cowboy ring is such a great design, and very good looking ring.

Just like the Colts and their winning Super Bowl V ring, it’s a terrific design, where the team’s colors, and logo are prominently featured on the top of the ring, and a diamond (or diamonds) are used to add some needed bling.

The Cowboys had these 1975 NFC championship rings made in white gold (an unusual move back in the 1970s) which, when combined with the dark blue stone, was a very close match to the team’s colors on their jerseys.

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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One of the Main Reasons Jostens Makes Super Bowl Rings

September 10, 2018


The image and message below caught my eye this weekend. It reveals why it’s so important that Jostens makes so many championship rings:


jostens championship rings


The photo above was part of a tweet Jostens sent out recently on a college campus. The message was targeted for college students nearing their graduation, and inviting them to meet with Jostens sales-people to order their college ring.

What a great way to get noticed and make a sale, when you can show images of recent, blinged out championship rings that your company made. If there are examples of championship rings of nearby professional teams, that’s even better to showcase! And the absolute best example would have been championship rings made for the particular college over the years.

I’m not sure if the salespeople on hand will have actual salesman samples of championship rings (yes, real salesman sample rings in the world of selling rings really do exist).

Congratulations to Jostens for marketing their amazing championship rings and showing us one the reasons why they make championship rings near cost for professional and college teams.

One further note: The Super Bowl rings are not shown to scale, the Patriots Super Bowl ring is much larger than the other two, yet the Packers ring, since it is the only Super Bowl ring ever to be made out of solid platinum is actually the heaviest of the three.

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 Ultimate Eagles Super Bowl Ring Display

September 5, 2018


Looks like the Eagles are giving a select few partners quite a piece of sports memorabilia. Check it out:


Eagles Framed Super Bowl ring display


Football players and Orthopedic Doctors unfortunately go together quite well. With constant injuries in the NFL, teams keep local orthopedic doctors quite busy.

Perhaps as a thank-you, look what the Eagles presented to their local Orthopedic specialists.

A few days ago, this blog featured a custom made display done by a Philly fan, which prominently featured an Eagles Super Bowl ring. To see that example, and read the story, click here: http://sports-rings.com/wordpress1/2018/08/29/a-custom-made-display-with-the-latest-super-bowl-ring/

The Eagles did a shadow box as well, but instead of showcasing one of their Super Bowl rings, the team created a shadow box with three replica Super Bowl rings, so they could display the two sides and top of their gorgeous championship ring.

Check out the Twitter caption below, that appeared with the photograph above. It sheds some light on the gift:

Eagles Framed Super Bowl ring display


If any championship ring enthusiasts, or fans of a specific team, are thinking of creating their own shadow box, perhaps acquiring three replica championship rings is the way to create the ultimate display piece.

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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