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.

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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