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Diving Into The Patriots Super Bowl LIII Rings

June 13, 2019


Jostens, the manufacturer of the latest stunning Super Bowl ring, released a press release a week ago about these stunning rings, but details were vague:


Patriots Super Bowl LIII ring

Here’s what we learned after the press release.

The new Super Bowl rings are largest the and most blinged out Super Bowl ring ever. They have a total of 422 diamonds and 20 sapphires.

Here are some other fascinating details:

As expected the Super Bowl LIII rings contain the final score from the game and pays tribute to the team’s six championships by listing the years they won those titles.

The Pats tradition of placing Lombardi trophies representing each title on the top of the ring continues. You will find six trophies with each containing a large diamond (as seen above).

On the inside of the ring, it says “We are all Patriots.” Beneath the final score, the Patriots have provided a reminder to the rest of the league that they’re “still here” — not that any of the other 31 teams needed a reminder.

The 422 diamonds throughout the ring total 9.85 carats, and those 20 sapphires were incorporated to represent their 20 AFC East titles.

Tom Brady becomes the first and only NFL player to need two hands to wear all his Super Bowl rings (that’s what happens when you win your sixth one as a player).

If you think that’s a lot, Head Coach Bill Belichick is close to filling up all 10 of his fingers. The Super Bowl ring he received on Thursday night is his eighth Super Bowl ring. He’s earned six as the Head Coach of the Patriots and two as the defensive coordinator of the Giants.

The photo of Belichick below shows all those Patriots rings, plus two Giants Super Bowl ring (barely visible on the far left and far right).

Bill Belichick Patriots Super Bowl LIII ring

What does all this mean for championship ring collectors? One thing that’s become very hard to find out with recent Super Bowl rings is the gram weight of the player version rings. Collectors will pay a lot of money for championship rings that are player sized. However, the price drops sharply if a championship ring for sale or auction is a smaller version than what a player received.

A “family and friends” version of the last Patriots Super Bowl winning ring was available to players and staff to purchase. This Super Bowl ring cost around $10,000 for members within the organization. Those rings are around 80% the size of the player’s version. Some of these family and friends rings have leaked out to the collecting community and sell for a ton of money.

Buyers of these rings may not realize they are not the same size as the player’s version. Furthermore, as time goes on, these may not be a great investment for collectors, as real player size rings enter the marketplace.

Meanwhile, here’s a video of Tom Brady, Julian Edelman and their teammates as they react to their latest Super Bowl ring:



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Patriots Receive Their Super Bowl LIII Rings

June 10, 2019


On Thursday evening, the Patriots received their Sixth Super Bowl ring, and as promised, they are incredible:


Patriot Super Bowl LIII rings


One thing championship ring enthusiasts expected came true with the newest Patriots Super Bowl rings: They are the biggest, most blinged out Super Bowl ring ever created.

The picture above was tweeted by Tom Brady – it shows all six of his Super Bowl rings. You can see the latest championship ring (top right) is larger than the others, and in an interesting decision by the team (or Jostens), the championship ring box looks to be smaller than past Patriot championship ring boxes.

The photo below illustrates that even with Tom Brady’s huge hands, the newest championship ring (far left) is huge and must be completely uncomfortable to wear:

Patriot Super Bowl LIII rings


As heavy and uncomfortable as it must be to wear for an extended time, no one from the organization is complaining.

Jostens in their press release confirmed that this is the biggest Super Bowl ring ever created.

Here are additional details about the Super Bowl ring LIII according to the Jostens Press Release:

“CHAMPIONS, is proudly displayed on either side of the uniquely-shaped ring top. A patriotic 76 diamonds adorn the edges of the ring. Completing the intricate design are 20 round blue sapphires, which are emblematic of the Patriots 20 AFC East division championships.

The right side of the ring features the team’s official wordmark above the Super Bowl LIII logo and includes the score, 13-3. The rally cry of “STILL HERE,” which the team embraced throughout the 2018 playoffs, completes the design of the ring’s right side.

Fashioned using the Patriots official font, the name of each recipient appears on the left side of the ring above Gillette Stadium’s signature view lighthouse and bridge. To the left of the lighthouse, each ring features the players’ uniform number, encrusted in diamonds. The franchise’s sixth Super Bowl title is commemorated with a 6X and dated 2018.”


In a strange move, Jostens did not detail much about the top of the Super Bowl ring.

Here’s a link to Jostens press release which includes videos on the latest and greatest Super Bowl ring. https://www.patriots.com/news/jostens-creates-2018-super-bowl-liii-championship-ring-for-the-patriots

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Patriots Share a Glimpse of Newest Super Bowl Rings In Teaser Video

June 6, 2019


In what seems like an annual tradition, the Patriots will be receiving their newest Super Bowl rings today:


Patriots Super Bowl LIII ring


Actually they will hold their private championship ring ceremony this evening; where the highlight will be the distribution of their Super Bowl LIII rings.

Given the organization’s regularity for winning championship rings, the unveiling of a new Patriots Super Bowl ring, has become an event that the Patriots do like no other professional sports team.

It’s still a mystery exactly how the championship rings will look (there’s a link to the teaser video below), but don’t expect much to be revealed in the video.

In past seasons, Patriot Super Bowl rings have had some unique features. For instance, after winning Super Bowl LI, the Patriots super bowl ring had 283 diamonds — in celebration of the team’s unlikely comeback from 28-3 deficit to beat the Falcons. (That detail didn’t sit well with Falcons owner Arthur Blank, or many sports fans.)

Patriot Super Bowl rings are also known for their standard designs that don’t change much year-after-year, and for being bigger and containing more bling than any other professional sports team championship rings.

The internet should be filled with player videos late this evening and tomorrow of the event, and of course pictures and videos of their newest Super Bowl rings.

Here’s that link: https://nesn.com/2019/06/patriots-tease-super-bowl-liii-rings-ahead-of-thursdays-ceremony/

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Bo Schembechler’s Championship Ring and Bust Being Auctioned For Charity

May 20, 2019


Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has one, and so does athletic director Warde Manuel:


Bo Schembechler championship ring auctioned


And now the highest bidder in the ChadTough Foundation’s “Champions for Change” gala fundraiser this past Saturday night has one too.

A bronze bust of legendary Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler along with his 1972 Big Ten championship ring donated by his wife, Cathy Schembechler, to the ChadTough Foundation. Last year, the event raised $1.2 million for research to discover treatment for pediatric brain cancer with an emphasis on Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). Tammi and Jason Carr lost their son, Chad, to DIPG on Nov. 23, 2015 and have worked to fund efforts to find a cure.

Chad Carr was the grandson of longtime Michigan football coach, Lloyd Carr, and UM All-American Tom Curtis.

Proceeds of the event benefit the foundation with half going to Michigan Medicine’s Chad Carr Pediatric Brain Tumor Center. The gala will be co-chaired by John Beilein and his wife, Kathleen, and will honor Dick Vitale, who has raised millions of dollars for pediatric cancers, including DIPG. Dana Jacobson of CBS News and CBS Sports, and a Michigan alum, will be master of ceremonies.

While the bust is a remarkable likeness of Schembechler, the championship ring was his and was chosen because of its uniqueness. The top of the ring is shaped like Michigan Stadium.

Jim Brandstatter, who is Michigan’s play-by-play announcer and played for Schembechler, was asked by Cathy to help her select the ring for the auction.

“She said, ‘You don’t think Bo would mind us giving these away?’ I said, ‘Are you kidding me? The last thing he cared about is jewelry,’” Brandstatter said. “He wore his ‘M’ ring and that was it. If you told him today and he were alive and said you would be going to raise a boatload of money for the ChadTough Foundation and Lloyd Carr’s grandson, he would be the first guy to say, ‘What do you want? Here it is.’ We both agreed he would have no issues.”

Cathy sent Brandstatter pictures of the rings and asked which to donate.

“They all look pretty much the same, but the one that was unique and different to a degree was the ’72 ring,” Brandstatter said. “It has Schembechler on it, the record, and the winged helmet. The other rings are like class rings, but this is unique because the top part is the stadium with a Block M in the middle.”

That was Schembechler’s third season at Michigan.

“I said, ‘If you’re not emotionally attached, I think it would be a great gift for the ChadTough auction,’” Brandstatter said. “And she said, ‘That sounds like the one that would work.’”

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This Championship Ring Will Probably be on eBay For Quite a While

May 14, 2019


At an asking price of $39,000, this Patriots front office 1985 Championship ring is completely priced wrong, despite it’s $100,000 appraised value:


New England Patriots championship rings


A loyal reader of this championship ring blog, alerted me to this eBay listing. The reader wrote “Had to send this to you, the price and “value” made me laugh”.

I agree, the appraised value if a complete joke. A front office Patriots ring from 1985, in solid gold would sell for about $5,000 to $7,000 at auction. Two issues with any ’85 Patriots championship ring:

  • A fan of the team, who would purchase an ’85 AFC championship ring, would be reminded of the team’s disastrous Super Bowl XX performance – where they were destroyed by the Bears

  • This championship ring is before the Brady/Bellichick/Kraft years. It’s so far removed in style and success from the modern Patriots teams, that it’s almost as if it was from a completely different football team.

    I’d love to ask the person who appraised this championship ring for $100,000 how they came up with this value. Perhaps the seller feels there’s a sucker born everyday and the purchaser will do zero research or be lacking a brain.

    Speaking of lacking brains, although the appraised value of $100,000 is mentioned twice in the auction, the seller does write in two other instances on the ebay listing that the appraised value is $39,000. Perhaps the seller got two appraisals (doubtful) and the $100,000 appraiser refused to associate his name with that ludicrous $100,000 value.

    There’s not much “good” about this offering but here’s three things:

  • This championship ring will come (for no extra charge) with “a free certified insurance appraisal valued at $39,000.00″.
  • The seller will ship this “$100,000″ appraised championship ring for the bargain-price cost of only $19.00. That truly is a great price to ship such a valuable item.
  • The seller is accepting “lower offers” on this championship ring.

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