This Colts Ring is Really Different

August 3, 2018


The championship ring looks to be a 1975 Baltimore Colts ring, but the seller got the description all-wrong.


Colts 1975 AFC East championship ring


The eBay seller claims it’s a “Baltimore Colts Indianapolis AFC CHAMPIONS CHAMPIONSHIP RING”.

What does that mean? The Colts hadn’t moved to Indianapolis in 1975, that would come in 1984; and to make this championship ring description completely wrong, the Steelers were the AFC champions that season. In fact the Steelers went on to win their second consecutive Super Bowl in 1975.

Not only is the description wrong, this championship ring is an ugly and uninspired design.

On the positive side, the championship ring was made by Herff Jones, the maker of the Colts championship rings ever since the team moved to Indianapolis. Herff Jones is located in Indianapolis and even made the Colts Super Bowl XLI rings.

Although the championship ring was made by a championship ring maker, the quality and design looks like something you would get cheaply from China.

The championship ring celebrates the 1975 team winning the AFC East division , not the AFC conference. The Colts lost in the playoffs that season and did not win the AFC championship as previously stated.

Herff Jones, with their ties to the team, probably produced this championship ring in limited quantities. It was not a team-issued championship ring, and the Hall of Fame player (if the eBay seller got this part right), probably asked Herff Jones to make him this championship ring.

So is this championship ring worth the asking price of $7,999.99? Absolutely not, but at least the seller is accepting lower offers. Meanwhile, no matter what this championship ring actually is, it’s certainly not stunning.

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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Eagles Super Bowl Ring at HOF

August 1, 2018


The Eagles Super Bowl ring has now joined every other Super Bowl ring on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame:


Eagles 2017 Super Bowl ring at Hall of Fame


If you visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame, located in Akron Ohio, it’s a great place to see the Eagles new championship ring and every other Super Bowl ring in one location.

It’s also an opportunity for us, thanks to the tweeted photo above, to see how the Eagles 2017 Super Bowl ring compares in size to some of the other Super Bowl rings. Because the championship ring display goes left to right and then down a row when the row is filled, we can’t compare the size of the Eagles ring to some of the more recent ones.

However, you can see that the Eagles LII Super Bowl ring (hey NFL, enough with the Roman numerals already) is substantially larger than rings from around 2000, and the rings from the 2000 period are larger than ones from the early-to-mid 1980′s.

Here’s some interesting observations by me: The rate of championship ring growth has accelerated. The jump from the 1980s to 2000 is smaller than the jump from 2000 to 2018 in ring size growth.

And in a rush to get the Eagles Super Bowl ring on display, the Hall of Fame did not put the metal content (10k, vs. 14K) for the Eagles ring (or the Raiders ring either). The Hall used the wording “White Gold”. Just for the record, the Raiders Super Bowl XVIII ring was made of solid 14K gold, and the Eagles Super Bowl ring is made with 10K solid gold.

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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Heritage Auctions Has Plenty of Championship Rings in Their Upcoming Event

July 30, 2018


It’s quite rare to find so many high-end championship rings in one auction; but thanks to Heritage, it’s happening:


championship ring review at heritage auctions


The photo above is not a smart-phone or computer wallpaper, or the background of the latest championship ring dealer’s website. It’s a partial listing of some of the championship rings Heritage has in an upcoming auction.

Before we go any further, please note I am not affiliated with Heritage auctions or any of their championship rings in their upcoming sale. I’m just here to blog about the world of championship rings.

The event takes place during their Summer Platinum Night Sports Collectibles Auction and ends August 18-19.

I find their website and auction calendar a little confusing, so please check out their website for clarification. The link to their site is listed near the bottom of this blog story.

Many of their offerings are player championship rings, some are front office ones and some are salesman samples. Don’t be discouraged if you’re looking for player championship rings, this auction is loaded with them. And they have a lot of my favorite championship rings: Super Bowl rings!

Good luck bidding.

Here’s the link to Heritage auctions: www.ha.com

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


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Buffalo Bills 1965 AFL Championship Ring Selling at Paragon Auctions

July 27, 2018


Two days ago I blogged about the very cool MLB 2017 All Star ring in a Paragon auction. Today let’s turn our attention to the other championship ring in the auction worth noting:


Buffalo Bills 1965 AFL Championship ring


Both the Buffalo Bills 1965 AFL championship ring (shown above) and the All Star ring (see the blog entry, dated July 25, 2018) should be good values for championship ring collectors. However, keep in mind when dealing with auctions, anything can happen; such as a “Tom Brady” family Super Bowl ring that was not player size, that sold for over $344,000 earlier this year at auction.

Paragon did a very good job describing this near mint, player size championship ring. However no mention or information was provided as to who “E.J. Hand” was. I’m pretty sure he was not a player on the team and probably worked in the team’s office as I could not find any information about this person on the internet.

This solid 10k gold ring (with a real diamond) is the same ring given to players and is in remarkable condition. The championship ring was made by John Roberts Jr., a company that crafted some championship rings and school rings decades ago. The company was possibly acquired by Balfour according to some research and internet speculation.

This championship ring, since it is not a player ring will probably sell in the $3,000 price range, but could go higher or lower depending upon bidding. In that price range, the championship ring is a very good value for a Bills fan, or championship ring collector.

I am not affiliated with the auction company or this championship ring, however, I have purchased championship rings and other items from Paragon and they are a solid, honest company.

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Unworn Brooklyn Dodger World Series Back at Auction

July 26, 2018


This incredible, mint condition 1955 World Series Ring was sold 14 years ago at a Lelands auction for $44,620.61. It could sell for a lot more this time around:


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I am not affiliated with this championship ring, or the auction house; I’m just here to blog about the world of championship rings.

The Brooklyn Dodgers won only one World Series when they played in Brooklyn, The year was 1955 and player World Series rings from this year are rare and special. And they sell for a lot of money.

The 1955 World Series rings were made by Dieges & Clust. Dieges & Clust is no longer around, they were acquired by the company Herff Jones.

Not only is Don Zimmer’s World Series ring in mint condition, it also comes with the championship ring box that’s in mint condition too. Unlike today’s huge championship rings that often come with heavy wood and glass presentation boxes, the Dodgers original championship ring box was made of leather (or leather-like materials) and was not designed to stand up to decades of use.

Don Zimmer was a young player on the team, and later became a major league coach and manager. Zimmer is considered a baseball icon.

The company handling the auction is Love of the game Auctions. Here’s a link to their website: http://loveofthegameauctions.com/default.aspx

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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