Yuck, Who Wants This Super Bowl Ring?

May 22, 2017

Fans Honor is already selling a Patriots Super Bowl LI Championship Ring, and Yes It Sucks:

Patriots 2016 Super Bowl LI Ring

We now know what the Patriots 2016 Super Bowl ring won’t look like and that would be the championship ring pictured above.

Fans Honor, or perhaps as they should be known as “Fans Horror” has designed a Patriots Fan Championship ring and is promoting it’s sale on their website and on Twitter.

Correct me If I am wrong, but the design team, perhaps in a rush to peddle this crap before pictures of the authentic 2016 Super Bowl ring emerges, didn’t even bother to place a fifth Lombardi trophy on the championship ring. However, they did manage to squeeze a fifth, worthless cubic zirconias “diamond” on the championship ring top.

At a now discounted price of $177.89, down from $299.99, this championship ring is still a terrible deal.

Anyone foolish enough to purchase this cheap Chinese replica ring will not only be disappointed with the lousy quality, but will be saddened to see the real Patriots Super Bowl ring that will look nothing like this. The Patriots authentic Super Bowl rings will debut in June.

Fans Honor sells all kinds of championship rings, probably of equal quality (and that’s not a good thing). How Jostens, the maker of most authentic championship rings, and the NFL and other Leagues, and the teams allow companies like this to sell this merchandise continues to boggle my brain.

Please remember as always, I buy authentic championship rings. If you have an authentic championship ring and would like to sell it in privacy, please contact me.

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Willie Stargell’s 1979 World Series Ring Will Be At Auction

May 19, 2017

Other memorabilia from his baseball playing days will be included in the upcoming SCP auction too:

Willie Stargell 1979 World Series Ring

Baseball Hall of Famer and Pirates legend, Willie Stargell’s 1979 NL MVP award and his 1979 World Series ring will be featured in an upcoming auction at SCP. His widow, who consigned the items hopes that the rare and valuable items wind up with baseball fans because “those are the people he played for,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The 1979 World Series ring, with it’s diamond-studded “P” was designed and manufactured by Jostens in solid 10-K yellow gold.

“It’s important to us that we share Willie’s memorabilia with baseball fans and collectors,” Margaret Weller-Stargell stated by email to the newspaper. “Those are the people he played for, and it’s our desire that his coveted awards wind up in the hands of those who will appreciate the items the most.”

An SCP Auctions spokesman says his organization believes the 20 items from Willie Stargell’s personal collection will bring in more than $500,000 at the conclusion of the auction which runs from May 24 to June 10.

Stargell, a long-time beloved sports figure in Pittsburgh who became known as “Pops” late in his career, died April 9, 2001, at age 61 following a stroke. The first baseman’s career was highlighted by 475 home runs and 1,540 runs. The Post-Gazette’s obituary at the time of his death truly captured his impact to the city, the fans, and to baseball:

“In a sport forever enslaved by its statistical minutiae, Stargell’s impact on the Pirates was far greater than the production that made him only the 17th player in baseball history to be elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. His numbers were dwarfed by his humanity.”

Please know as always, I collect championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring in privacy, please contact me.

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A Cool Championship Ring With Two Great Logos

May 18, 2017

If you think this is an awesome logo, wait to you see their secondary logo featured on the shank of their championship ring:

championship rings of Rockford IceHogs

One of the best things about writing a championship ring blog is that you hear from a lot of ring enthusiasts and championship ring collectors.

Not only is “Stanley” a loyal reader, he’s also lucky enough to own his own championship ring, with his very own last name featured prominently on the shank. And no, his last name is not Cup!

Stanley explained in great detail a lot about his championship ring (shown below) and the history of the organization. Here are his words….

championship rings of Rockford IceHogs

championship rings of Rockford IceHogs

“Since we’re one week away from the 10th anniversary of the Rockford IceHogs winning the United Hockey League’s Colonial Cup I thought you might like to see the ring. This championship does reflect a bit of hockey history as it was the final time the Colonial Cup was awarded. By the end of that season the IceHogs had already announced their intention to leave the UHL and join the American Hockey League as the primary affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks. What remained of the UHL reorganized into the second incarnation of the International Hockey League until the remains of that organization were absorbed into the Central Hockey League in 2010.

Players, coaches and staff rings all shared the same design however players and coaches received gold and diamonds. Staff rings featured cubic zirconia’s and what I can only assume is gold plated silver since the inside of the ring is stamped with “STERL.” Staff members were offered the option to pay the difference to receive the upgraded ring but I think only a couple of people took advantage of that. Player rings had their number where staff rings have crossed hockey sticks.

Feel free to share the pictures I’ve attached and I have no issues with you putting your web address on the images. I do ask that you leave my name out of any posts you make and as such you’ll notice that I did discretely blur out my name.

Keep up the great work on the blog. I enjoy reading it every morning when I get to the office”.

As Stanley wrapped up his email, he added a final and poignant closing observation…. “P.S. Before you or anyone else asks the answer is yes. Our secondary logo was a pig butt.”.

Stanley, thanks for taking time to photograph your amazing ring and to explain the special history behind it. And thanks for pointing out that such a unique secondary logo was included in the championship ring.

Last, thank you for your kind words about the championship ring blog and for reading it.

Please remember as always, if you are looking to sell your championship ring and want complete privacy, I’ll buy your championship ring; even if it has a Pig’s butt on it!

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The Championship Rings From Super Bowl XLIII

May 17, 2017

Continuing my slow but steady blog series about championship rings from each Super Bowl, here’s a review of the championship rings from Super Bowl XLIII:

Super Bowl and championship rings from Super Bowl XLIII

I’m sorry that’s been so long since I last wrote a new installment on each Super Bowl ring, there’s been a lot of other championship ring items to blog about.

I’m also apologizing, that the pictures of the incredible championship rings displayed above, show my web address.   It’s not done for self promotion….

If I didn’t include the web-address, other web sites would steal my images, especially the sellers on ebay, who appear over-night and offer cheap championship rings from China.   Championship ring collectors and enthusiasts wonder why Jostens, Balfour, and now Tiffany, allow this to happen!   I wonder too, and It appears that no one has an answer as to why these offerings continue. It’s a shame (or perhaps an opportunity for championship ring fans depending upon their perspective).

The replicas from China don’t look as special as authentic championship rings, and the quality varies tremendously from vendor to vendor.   These sellers display photos of real championship rings and then have the “inflated balls” to claim the pictures are of their very own replica championship rings!

Almost every photograph in my Super Bowl ring blogs are taken by me, from my own championship ring collection.   As readers and collectors know by my many blogs, these championship rings are very rare and only a few championship rings are available for sale in the hobby.   That means that the two specific Super Bowl rings are seldom (if ever) photographed together from a particular Super Bowl game.

When I do post pictures that are found on the internet, I won’t place my web-site in the image.

The ring on the left is the Pittsburgh Steelers most current Super Bowl Ring from their 2008 season. The Steelers with this championship ring, become the only NFL team to have won six Super Bowl rings. This beautiful and gigantic championship ring was designed and manufactured by Jostens and it’s substantially larger and heavier than the team’s Super Bowl ring from just three seasons earlier.

The 2008 Super Bowl ring is made of solid 14K yellow gold (I miss the days when championship rings were made in this color) and the player version weighs an incredible 105 grams.

I don’t know a single player championship ring that has sold publicly, and I only can speculate that this Super Bowl ring would bring between $40,000 – $50,000 for a player (non-star) championship ring. I was lucky enough to acquire one privately.

The team that loses the Super Bowl is recognized as a champion of their respective conference and are awarded championship rings too. The Arizona Cardinals ring shown above is about half the size and weight of the Steelers Super Bowl ring.

The Cardinals 2008 NFC championship ring is a very nice diamond-loaded championship ring. It weighs in at 53 grams and was made in solid 10K white gold by Jostens.

A few player NFC championship rings have sold at auction and fit the pricing pattern we’ve seen before. The first one to sell at auction back in 2009 was in the amount of $12,000 and then two more Cardinal championship rings sold in the $9,000 to $10,000 price range. Finally, one player ring sold at a major auction house in 2015 for only $7,290.00.

A price drop from $12,000 to $7,290 in a few short years demonstrates that as more championship rings from a particular year enter the market place, prices tend to go down. I believe this is because the championship ring collector who must have this ring at any price, acquires one and then those with less funds can purchase one later on when the “big kuhuna” with plenty of money drops out of the bidding wars.

Please remember as I always say, I buy super bowl rings (winning and losing ones). I also purchase championship rings too.   Please let me know if you have a championship ring you want to sell and we can do a private deal.

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Packer Super Bowl XXXI Player’s Ring Sells At Auction

May 16, 2017

A lucky buyer did well, acquiring the Super Bowl ring below for a reasonable $31.200.00 this week:

Packers Super Bowl XXXI ring

This modern, great looking championship ring sold at Heritage Auctions over the weekend for $31,200.00.

The good: It’s a hefty diamond-blinged authentic player ring, weighing in at around 49 grams and containing 2.35 Carats, and 10-k solid yellow gold. The Packer’s Super Bowl XXXI ring was designed and manufactured with 10K gold, not 14K gold like most Super Bowl rings.

Incidentally, the Packers made up for that, their next Super Bowl ring, which would be won 14 seasons later, is the first and only Super Bowl ring made of solid platinum, which is rarer and more expensive than gold.

Also good for the buyer is that this is a player ring and contains the proper Jostens’s markings.

The Bad: This Super Bowl ring did not come with the original presentation box. This particular championship ring box was only issued one season and it’s style was made for both the winning team, and the Patriots who were the losing team. Jostens did manufacture both championship rings so they used the same size and styled presentation box.

That particular box size and style was not used before or since, and acquiring a Packers presentation box for this Super Bowl ring will be nearly impossible. Besides that hurdle, each Packer ring box contained a custom engraved plate with the recipient’s name inside the box.

While not having the presentation box hurts the value of the Super Bowl ring, it’s still a nice deal for the buyer.

Please remember, I buy championship rings and you can sell me your ring in complete privacy. No one except us will know you sold your championship ring.

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