N.Y. Giants player loses his two Super Bowl rings

June 11, 2018

May was a very unkind month for Giants’ long snapper Zak DeOssie, having lost both of his Super Bowl rings:

New York Giants Super Bowl rings lost and missing

If you, a close friend, or relative have ever left something valuable on the roof of your car and then drove off, you can probably feel the pain that Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie felt last month when the same thing happened to him.

DeOssie’s two player Super Bowl rings (like the two shown above) that he won with the Giants suffered that same fate.

On May 2, DeOssie hosted a charity event with his wife, where he showed off his two Super Bowl rings to attendees. DeOssie, who’s currently a team captain, has been with the Giants since his rookie year in 2007.

After he got home from the event, DeOssie realized he didn’t have his two Super Bowl rings. He then contacted the police. DeOssie wasn’t sure if the Super Bowl rings had been stolen, so he had the Summit (N.J.) Police Department open an investigation.

During the investigation, everyone eventually realized what had occurred: DeOssie had left both Super Bowl rings, valued at a total of $34,000 (but worth much more to him and to the sports memorabilia market place), on top of his automobile.

The good news is that this story has a partially happy ending.

In a supplementary police report that was obtained by Deadspin, the reporting police officer noted that a man who had been walking his dog on May 3 — the morning after DeOssie lost his two Super bowl rings — noticed shattered glass on the ground. When the man went to pick up the glass, he saw a “small box with a ring under it.” At that point, the man realized that it was a Giants Super Bowl XLVI ring.

Since the championship ring had DeOssie’s name on the side, it was easy for him to help DeOssie get reunited with his Super bowl ring. According to the police report, the ring had an estimated value of $19,000 (again, this is the Jewelry cost, not the memorabilia value).

As for the other championship ring, it’s starting to look like that item, that celebrated the Giants’ Super Bowl XLII triumph over the previously undefeated Patriots — won’t be found. It’s been six weeks since the Super Bowl rings went missing and that one still hasn’t been returned.

It’s possible the missing championship ring hasn’t been returned because it’s sitting somewhere in a New Jersey landfill. The man who found the Super Bowl XLVI ring noted that he threw away the box he had found without looking inside of it. Police believe the missing Super bowl ring may have accidentally ended up in a recycling bin or got swept away by a city street sweeper.

Things could have definitely been worse, DeOssie could have lost both Super bowl rings permanently or someone could have found the ring, but not returned it.

It appears that DeOssie is going to have to settle for getting a replacement Super Bowl XLII ring from his insurance company.

“Nothing will ever replace the original,” DeOssie recently told NJ.com. “These rings are near and dear to my heart and it was a sad realization that I haphazardly misplaced them. I’m definitely getting a new one made, and hopefully over time I can enjoy it just as much as I did the first one.”

Should anyone find DeOssie’s missing Super Bowl ring, they are not entitled to keep it or sell it. It belongs to DeOssie, or his insurance company, should that company provide money for another Super Bowl ring to be made.

Please remember I buy championship rings (not stolen ones or ones missing title). If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.

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Eagles Fans Will be Able to Purchase Their Own Super Bowl Ring

June 8, 2018

A growing trend for sports teams and the championship ring manufacturers they choose, continues with the Eagles. Their fans and championship ring enthusiasts will be allowed to order their own Eagles Super Bowl ring through Jostens:

Eagles super bowl fan rings from jostens

During the NFL’s meetings in Orlando in March, Eagles owner Jeff Lurie said they were already working on the design of their championship rings after winning Super Bowl LII a month earlier.

Then in an April press release from Jostens, (the company awarded the contract to design and make the Eagles Super Bowl ring), Jostens COO Chris Poitras said they were busy working with the Eagles “to create a truly unique ring that honors the spirit of the city and tells the story of the team’s historic 2017 season.”

Soon, the world will get to see the design and actual Super Bowl ring. The Eagles’ players and coaches will be awarded their championship rings on Thursday night. That means it won’t be long until fans have the ability to purchase their own Super Bowl jewelry; which will include Jostens-made rings.

That April release from Jostens mentioned that the entire line of jewelry would be available online and in the Eagles’ pro shop immediately after the team ring ceremony.

Shortly, you will be able to visit Jostens website to see the offerings for yourself.

Keep in mind that typically, the most expensive championship ring available will be made of solid gold and real diamonds and often will be in a similar style as the ones players received. The fan version Super Bowl ring is always smaller than the player version but this is probably a good thing. That’s because the player version will be so large and heavy, it will be completely uncomfortable to wear.

Please remember, I buy championship rings (just not fan version rings). If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.

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Two Stolen Super Bowl Rings Recovered

June 6, 2018

It’s been seven long years since former Chicago Bear NFL receiver Willie Gault had his 1985 Super Bowl Ring stolen, but now his championship ring is being returned:

Willie Gault stolen Chicago Bears Super Bowl ring and stolen Super Bowl Raider ring

Gault’s Super Bowl XX ring (also known as the 1985 Super Bowl ring) was stolen from his home on November 8, 2011.

The Los Angeles PD West Valley Burglary and Property Crimes Unit recovered the stolen super bowl ring at a jewelry store in the 700 block of South Broadway within the Jewelry Mart District of Central Division.

That Jewelry store must have had a appetite for stolen jewelry as the LAPD also recovered five stolen watches, and a 1983 Raider’s Super Bowl ring.

The LAPD is trying to locate the rightful owner of the Raider Super Bowl ring. Turns out one of us (a sports memorabilia collector) did the right thing and contacted the West Valley Burglary Detectives and advised them that two stolen Super Bowl rings were for sale at the jewelry store.

The store owner, 46-year-old Ramin Cohan was quickly arrested. His bail was set at $20,000 dollars.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call LAPD West Valley Detective William Dunn at 818-374-7730.

Please remember as always, I buy championship rings (as long as they have solid and proper title proof). If you wish to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.

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The Top 50 Super Bowl Rings Ranked

June 5, 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 40:

(Click picture below for a larger picture)Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII ring

Yes, I realize there are now 51 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 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 a sample Super Bowl ring from the original press release. So, no, I don’t own Russell Wilson’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; but it’s important to mention we’re passing a milestone in this blog series on the best 50 Super Bowl rings:

We’ve covered ten Super Bowl rings, and each of those ten have an issue or two with the design of the rings. That’s why they were ranked so low. We are now onto the next set of Super Bowl rings and there are no design flaws or characteristics about the rings that will be criticized.

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 a 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 belongs to the Seattle Seahawks team and is officially known as a Super Bowl XLVIII ring. It was designed and manufactured by Tiffany and Company.

Whoever came up with the design (whether it was the team or the ring manufacturer) created a championship ring that just seems a little uninspiring. Almost like they went through the motions – the team’s iconic logo and a bed of small diamonds on top of the ring, and that one-football shaped diamond that represents the teams first (and only) Super Bowl title. Perhaps I feel it’s uninspiring because we have seen so many AFC and NFC championship rings in the same format – a logo and lots of diamonds around it.

With white-gold being the standard go-to color these days in championship rings (unless you are the Steelers or Saints or perhaps another team that has gold prominently featured in their uniform colors) the Seahawks ring lacks contrasting colors to help make the ring pop.

Compared to other Super Bowl rings from this time period, the Seahawks ring is on the small size – however, that’s probably due to the fact that the NFL has guidelines on how large and ostentatious a team’s first Super Bowl ring should be.

While many of the Super Bowl rings that ranked lower than the Seahawks ring had lousy designs on the two sides, the Seahawks and Tiffany did a terrific job with the shanks (sides) of this championship ring.

One of my favorite features of this Super Bowl ring is that the team paid tribute to their “12th”man (their insanely loud fans, who created tons of problems for opposing teams). You can see the “12″ on the flag right above the player’s uniform number.

The Seahawks ring was made of solid white 14kt gold, and has approximately a 2.33 total carat weight. The logo contains 64 round diamonds and the ring totals 183 diamonds and 40 blue sapphires.

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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Setting the Record Straight on the Packer’s Super Bowl XXXI Ring

June 1, 2018

A loyal blog reader who’s a huge Packer fan, sheds light on this eBay Super Bowl ring offering:

Packers super bowl rings on ebay

A couple of days ago I blogged about the Packer Super Bowl ring shown above, and how I thought it might be a front office championship ring and not a shareholder’s ring as the eBay seller said.

I mentioned in my blog that it’s certainly an authentic Jostens championship ring and even comes with the same huge presentation box the players received. However I also pointed out this Super Bowl ring was significantly smaller than the player version.

Dale, a loyal blog reader, huge Packer fan, and sports memorabilia collector, contacted me with some great information.

According to Dale, the ebay offering is in fact a board of directors Super Bowl ring. I would think the fifty or so board of directors who control operations for the franchise would be entitled to a player size Super Bowl ring, but in this instance they received the ring below:

Packers board of directors championship ring

Dale pointed me to another Packer blogger, Chance Michaels, who wrote the following in a blog several years back: “The first shank is almost identical to the players’ ring, with “DIRECTOR” replacing the player’s name and a football in place of his number. I’m somewhat surprised that a director doesn’t warrant having his or her name on the ring, but there are nearly fifty of them now. Perhaps the eight directors who are also on the Executive Committee received something more personalized.”

Perhaps those eight executive committee members did in fact receive a player-sized ring. I’m speculating because teams never release this kind of information to the public.

Michaels went on to discuss the opposite side of the championship ring: “The second shank is, to my eye, an improvement on the players’ ring. I love the Super Bowl XXXI logo, and it’s nice to have it included. The logo forms a stronger image than the players’ three lines of text.”

Then his blog showed a side-by-side comparison of a player version and the shareholders ring (keep in mind, I don’t believe the photos are shown to scale, I believe the player version is significantly larger):

Packers board of directors championship ring

Packers board of directors championship ring

Turns out that the thousands of shareholders were given the option to purchase a version of the super bowl ring as well, probably a smaller version than the directors championship ring shown above.

Thanks Dale and thanks to Chance Michaels for his research.

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