Archive for October, 2018

Scary! – Cubs Fan Creates World Series Ring Jack-o-Lantern

October 31, 2018


In celebration of Halloween, the amazing championship ring replica contains Justin Grimm’s name:


Cubs Halloweenjack o lantern


After the Cubs were awarded their 2016 championship rings, the World Series rings have become iconic and legendary in their city.

One Cubs fan, well aware of this fact, has made the first championship ring Jack-o-Lantern in recognition of the team and their glorious Jostens championship ring.

Diehard Cubs fan Robert Greenfield, showed the world his custom creation on the Internet this week. He hand carved an intricate reproduction of the Cub’s championship rings into a Halloween Jack-o-Lantern:

Cubs Halloweenjack o lantern


Cubs Halloweenjack o lantern


Greenfield wrote on social media: “If you want a @Cubs championship ring, sometimes you just have to carve one yourself. Happy Halloween!”

The details of the Cubs World Series ring are all there, and not missing a beat, Greenfield used former Cubs reliever Justin Grimm’s name on the side shank.

Please remember as always, I buy championship rings. And dealing with me won’t be scary. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.


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Super Bowl Rings and Youtube Go Together Quite Well

October 29, 2018


Sometimes being a dinosaur has it’s disadvantages – especially when I forget all the cool ways the internet has given championship ring enthusiasts access to information and content:


championship ring videos on youtube.com


There’s a treasure trove of championship ring content on Youtube.com and I’ll be sure to be mindful of this from now on.

I’m hoping to show off some great championship ring videos in the months ahead to the loyal audience of this blog.

The best way to start this showcase, is with this terrific story about the best and busiest championship ring company out there: Jostens.

Enjoy the video!




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The Top 50 Super Bowl Rings Ranked

October 26, 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 38:


(Click picture below for a larger picture)Raiders Super Bowl XV ring from 1980 Ray Guy


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 sold publicly, so no, I don’t own Hall of Famer Ray Guy’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 was for me one of the hardest to rank. Why? Because the Raiders three Super Bowl winning rings are so similar in design. Their last winning ring, from 1983 is the most impressive and wound up ranking much higher. However, the Super Bowl ring shown above, from Super Bowl XV (1980) is in my opinion, the lowest ranking Raider ring.

The Raiders rings were made by a small (now defunct) championship ring company named Lenox. I don’t like the four small diamonds that are placed in th corners of the ring top, and the shank that proclaims “Super Bowl XV” is way too “busy” and has an overabundance of wording and images crammed onto the side of the ring. I don’t think it’s a coincidence, that when I rank championship rings, many of the smaller championship ring manufacturers tend to wind up on the low side of rankings, while Jostens tends to hold many of the top spots.

Another thing I don’t like with this ring design is that the two large diamonds on the top (used to celebrate the team’s two Super Bowl championships) is buried among smaller diamonds and doesn’t stand out very well.

So what do I like about this Super Bowl ring? Remember, as I stated earlier, I love every Super Bowl ring and know how much work players, coaches and front office personal do to achieve these cherished rings. I like that the Raiders and Lenox were able to put the player’s position, jersey number and an “O” for offense or a “D” for defense on the side of the ring. Besides the Raiders, I can’t think of another football team to do this.

And another great thing about Raider rings – their team logo looks really bad-ass in silver and black on the ring.

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The Championship Ring is So-So, but this is an Amazing Championship Ring Box

October 24, 2018


This Patriots championship ring, with an original and rare presentation box on eBay is over-priced, but the buyer is accepting best offers:


Patriots 1996 AFC championship ring and box


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

While the asking price is high, keep in mind it’s a player ring and the seller mentioned it belonged to a well-known pro-bowl player. Depending upon the player, that would make this championship ring, which typically sells in the $5,000 – $8,000 price range, worth more money.

For only one football season, Jostens issued the Patriots AFC Championship ring, and the Packers Super Bowl Championship ring with a huge wood presentation box that had each team’s logo on the inside top of the box.

I’ve never seen this presentation box before the 1996 football season, or after, and I’ve never seen it offered with Jostens championship rings from any other sport.

Because of the box’s size, many of the championship rings that are sold from this year often don’t come with the presentation box, which adds to their rarity.

The Patriots 1996 AFC championship ring is nothing special, when compared to other championship rings; especially the gorgeous winning and losing Super Bowl rings the Patriots would start to accumulate just a few years later.

But boy do I love these Patriot and Packer championship ring boxes!

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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Giants Football Championship Ring offered on eBay

October 22, 2018


Of all the 1956 Giant Championship Rings to hit the market place, this one is the only one I’ve seen in outstanding condition:


New York Giants 1956 Championship ring


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

Every player 1956 Giants championship ring I’ve ever seen that has hit the market place has had wear on the rings – especially the left and right sides of the rings. In fact, most of them have a lot of wear.

The reason for all this wear, is that these championship rings were crafted in 14kt gold – which is softer and much more easily prone to wear than a 10kt solid gold championship ring.

The asking price at $20,000 seems slightly steep, as some of these 1956 Giant championship rings have sold for half of that; however this one is in better shape. And a star player of the team, Jim Katcavage’s ’56 ring almost sold for $20,000 several years back. The seller of this championship ring is accepting “best offers” on the ring.

The championship ring is in such incredible, unworn condition, there is a possibility the original player had another championship ring made, or possibly, he hardly ever wore this ring. The Giant ring does come with paperwork from a major auction company (with an excellent reputation), stating the family states this ring was owned by the original player.

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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