February 8, 2019

Every championship ring enthusiast knows championship rings always starts out life with an accompanying championship ring box. But what about the box the ring box comes in?

championship ring box and plexiglass presentation box

The phone rang this week, and on the other end was a collector who told me he had a “championship ring box” he was looking to sell.

It’s rare that I get a chance to purchase championship ring boxes without rings, however, due to how difficult it is to find ring boxes for championship rings once the original box is gone, I was definitely interested in hearing more.

It turns out the offered Super Bowl ring box was actually part of a new trend in championship ring preparation: The seller had obtained a plexiglass see-through lock box (similar to the one shown above).

The plexiglass box was designed and used as a symbolic prop during championship ring ceremonies for the last few years. Players are given keys and when given “the green light” are told to open their box; and then they can finally open the inside wooden championship box to get to their prized championship ring.

My guess is that many players quickly discard the plexiglass glass display box, and keep their championship ring and wood and glass display box.

If a player’s Super Bowl ring is worth around $40,000 (of course depending upon the name, the condition of the ring, and the size and bling of the ring), then finding a proper presentation box, once it’s lost could cost around half-of-one percent to 10 percent of the value of the ring ($200 to $4,000) depending upon it’s size and rarity. So how much is the plexiglass box worth? Well that’s the riddle!.

The plexiglass box I was offered had the player’s name etched on the glass. It’s a well-known name. If Tom Brady’s family ring can sell at auction for $344,000, can you imagine what his actual plexiglass display would sell for? Thank goodness the name on the seller’s box was not Tom Brady.

Without proof that the plexiglass box was sold or gifted by the original recipient, it would be hard to sell the item down the road, as the player can always claim it was lost or stolen.

So I passed on the plexiglass box. The seller immediately wanted to pick my brain and ask “what do you think it was worth”. And that’s the riddle!

If a wood presentation box is worth hundreds or thousands of dollars, what is this worth? The one I was offered was 100% plexiglass, while the Broncos version above looks to have nicer, more finished sides, so perhaps the Broncos version is worth more?

One of the coolest championship rings I own is a player, original Brooklyn Dodgers 1955 World Series Ring. A few years after I obtained it, the following showed up for sale on eBay: A white-cardboard box with “Brooklyn Dodgers – World Champions 1955″ printed in gold. This was the box that the Dodger championship ring and presentation box shipped in! I knew that cardboard box was the real deal and I pulled the trigger. I was thrilled to acquire it to go with my Dodger World Series ring.

But this plexiglass box is an orphan. With the players name on it, and no proof of title, and almost zero chance of owning the player ring and box to match it at some point, what is this item worth?

I have no idea, so I passed.

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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