The Championship Ring Interview

September 14, 2017


I was interviewed this week for the next issue of Gridiron Greats Magazine. Don’t miss out – if you’re not a subscriber.


(Click picture below for a larger picture)Superbowl championship ring collection


Editor and publisher, Bob Swick put together this interview on the subject of collecting championship rings. It was quite fun and a rewarding experience to participate in this article. This was no “scratch-the-surface” puff-piece.


Bob assembled thoughtful questions, and we covered such topics as the most difficult championship rings to acquire (and why), the present state of the marketplace, advise to new and seasoned championship ring collectors, and I got to share some amazing stories I’ve had while putting together a championship ring collection.

What I love most about my involvement with this terrific publication is that I get an opportunity to go into much greater detail, and show some great photos like the one above to the magazine’s readership.

So in anticipation of the interview, I visited my safety deposit box at the bank, got out some great looking championship rings (and threw in a few presentation boxes too) and took some spectacular photos for the interview and article.

If you’re a football sports memorabilia guy like me, or a fan or historian of the game, please subscribe to Gridiron Greats Magazine.



Here’s a link to their site: www.gridirongreatsmagazine.com/


Meanwhile, please remember as always, I buy championship rings. If you would like to do a private deal to maintain your privacy, please contact me to sell your ring.


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Nice Looking Championship Ring Design!

September 13, 2017


This unusual looking Championship Ring was recently awarded to a professional basketball team that you may not know existed:


Rapters 905 2017 championship ring


According to Wikipedia, the Raptors 905, are a Canadian-based professional basketball team in the NBA G League. The team is located in Mississauga, Ontario, and their first year in existence was during the 2015–16 season.

The team is owned by the Toronto Raptors and if you’re wondering what the “905″ means (I know I was puzzled), it’s the local phone area code of the Greater Toronto area. This is probably a first, for naming a sports team.

I am not sure, but it’s likely the championship ring is made with real diamonds and gold, and the colored stones on the top of the ring, really help give it a unique look as far as championship rings go.

Congratulations to the Raptors 905 team!

Please remember, I buy championship rings all the time! If you would like to sell your championship ring and maintain your privacy, please contact me.


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Cubs Announce Winner of World Series Ring Raffle

September 12, 2017


Geneine Dietz, worked 10 full seasons as an usher at Wrigley Field. Now she has something very special to show off her affiliation and fandom with her team:


Cubs


Dietz won the Cubs World Series ring giveaway this week. Her new championship ring comes with an incredible number of real diamonds – 214 of them. The World Series ring raffle was run by Cubs Charities.

The lifelong Cubs fan’s winning ticket number, (wait till you read this), was 001907. Just so happens that was the year the Cubs won their first World Series. Her raffle was picked from over 25,000 entries.

In addition to 214 diamonds, the ring features three karats of red rubies and 2.5 karats of sapphires. Although the Cubs and Jostens offered limited editions of fan World Series rings that were quite large and contained real diamonds, this was the only players-size version available to Cubs fans.

The value of the ring has been reported to be around $70,000, although collecting championship rings as long as I have, I can tell you with absolute certainty, that’s an over-inflated price estimate.

Tickets for the raffle were available and snatched up from July 7-Sept. 4, and cost $10 each. All the money generated from this Championship Ring giveaway went to charity.

Congratulations to Geneine Dietz and the Cubs and charities!

Please remember I buy championship rings constantly! If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.


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Get A Player-Size Patriots Super Bowl Ring

September 11, 2017


Although other teams have done similar fundraising events, this is the first time Pats fans get a shot to win an authentic, player sized, New England Super Bowl championship ring.


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The New England Patriots announced last week that they are raffling off a championship ring as a fundraiser to benefit the Patriots Foundation. The charity is a nonprofit organization, started by team owner Robert Kraft. The foundation’s website explains that it donates funds to charitable and philanthropic causes throughout the New England area, and has a special focus on programs that help youth and struggling families.

Fans of the team, and championship ring enthusiasts, who want to enter the drawing for the Super Bowl ring have some choices to make: They can purchase a single ticket for $10, or three tickets for $25, 15 tickets for $100 or even 100 tickets for $500.

The Super Bowl ring (shown above), commemorates the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. The winning championship ring will feature a team logo and the shape of five Lombardi trophies. The Super bowl ring is contain real white gold with more than 280 real diamonds and a staggering carat weight of 5.1.

According to Jostens, the ring designer and manufacturer, it’s the largest Super Bowl ring ever made — even larger than the Patriots’ 2015 rings that were valued at $36,500 apiece.

The drawing for the Super Bowl ring raffle will be on December 11th, 2017.

Please remember, I buy championship rings all the time. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, then please contact me.


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This Is Why My Championship Rings Stay In The Bank Vault

September 7, 2017


An Oklahoma man was arrested for stealing two championship rings; and he threatened violence against a police officer and fought with two others:


Dallas Cowboys SUper Bowl XXVII ring


Carlos Wigley, 22 years of age, was arrested this week for robbery of those two championship rings and threatening acts of violence and obstructing officers.

Police were called to the Embassy Suites in Oklahoma because of a reported robbery.

A witness told police a Wigley came to the hotel to fill out an employment application and while he was filling it out, he grabbed a 1992 Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl ring (just like the championship ring shown above) and a 2012 Oklahoma City Thunder Conference Championship ring.

I just want to know who the heck leaves championship rings around or unprotected?

The witness demanded that Wigley put the championship rings back but Wigley threatened him and said, “If you follow me, I will shoot you,” according to police.

When the police arrived, they chased Wigley, who threw roof shingles at the police officers. Eventually, the police captured him and took him into custody.

While he was being detained, Wigley threatened to kill one of the officers and even went so far as to hit one officer in the face with his forehead. It required two police officers to take him to ground during a scuffle.

The police needed to use pepper spray and restraints during the arrest, according to police paperwork.

No word was given on if Wigley will be hired (remember he came to the hotel to fill out an application for employment).

I’m amazed how some championship ring collectors wear their valued items out in public. Me, I’d rather not.

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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