Police Arrest Thief But Fail to Recover Paul Kariya’s Two Stolen Championship Rings

April 10, 2018


The police got their man, but have yet two recover Kariya’s two championship rings that were stolen in February from the Hockey Hall of Fame:


Paul Kariya and his two stolen championship rings theif


It was a brazen (or perhaps stupid) daylight robbery of property belonging to the Hockey Hall of Fame and included two of NHL star Paul Kariya’s championship rings.

Kariya had loaned the hall his two championship rings; and the theft occurred around 12:30 p.m. on February 11. Kariya had been recently inducted into the Hockey Hall of fame.

Video evidence reportedly shows a man came in through the Spirit of Hockey store, entered a storage closet that opened up the back of a display case and removed the championship rings. (Talk about an inside job, yet he didn’t know about video cameras?). The suspect then fled in a rented U-Haul panel van that was caught on video surveillance.

After the Hall of Fame theft, the police put out images of the suspect wearing a grey sweatsuit asking for a call-out for tips and witnesses, and this reportedly led to the suspect being identified.

The stolen championship rings, Kariya’s 1993 world junior championship ring and a 1994 world championship ring, have not been recovered, so the search for them continues.

“We’ve sold World Championship rings for lots of different players and they would definitely be something that would be sought after, that’s for sure. It’s a very important piece of memorabilia,” says Marc Juteau, president and founder of Classic Auctions in Delson, Quebec, which has handled the sales of items for many former NHL players.

While he hesitates to place a value on the championship rings, as this is “debatable, and many of these items are worth what people are willing to pay for them,” he says the rings are easily worth thousands of dollars.

“Just a caveat here: Paul Kariya is notoriously difficult memorabilia-wise; he doesn’t sign autographs. He’s not accessible. Anything Kariya has some added cachet and carries a premium. For a World Junior Ring, I’d say somewhere between the $5,000-to-$10,000 range,” says Hersh Borenstein, president of Frozen Pond, which specializes in autographed hockey memorabilia, and is located in Concord, Ont. “There’s not a lot rings out there, so they are valuable.”

But the championship rings as sports collectors know would be very difficult to sell. “It’s like stolen artwork, because you can’t sell it; you’ll be caught. That’s why high-end memorabilia is not the smartest thing to take,” he said.

At the time of the robbery, Hockey Hall of Fame spokesperson Kelly Masse said that Kariya “understood these things happen.”

Christopher Hall, 37, of Mississauga appeared in court on Friday charged with breaking and entering, possession of property obtained by crime, and failure to comply with probation orders.

Halton Police arrested Hall on unrelated charges related to the theft of $50,000 worth of ski jackets on March 21, and he has been in custody since.

Please remember as always, I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring (with complete documentation of title and ownership), please contact me.


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A Championship Ring For Fools

April 9, 2018


Here’s an eBay World Series ring offering that’s one for the craziest ebay listings I’ve ever blogged about:


Astros 2017 upside down error world series ring


The Astros World Series ring shown above, is for sale on eBay with a buy it now price of $10,000.00.

Luckily for us the seller is willing to negotiate, and is accepting lower offers.

The seller claims this is a one-of-a-kind Astros World Series ring. He shows that his championships ring in the auction contains the words “Earned History” on the shank upside down.

Here’s is the seller’s complete description for this championship ring:

** Priceless Error**

No other known rings in the 10,000 SGAs are known to have this error. All Juice Box employees approached about this were stunned and excited by this unique error.

This is the one ring that has “Earned History” on one side of the ring built upside down!

Don’t miss this opportunity to buy THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER STADIUM GIVE AWAY that is also the most unique and special.

How does the seller actually know if his is the only one of 10,000 to have this error? Does he think these championship rings are crafted one-at-a-time?

Actually I would rather have one of the thousands that were made correctly, not one of the few made wrong.

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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Jostens and Astros’ Selling Championship Rings and World Series Jewelry

April 7, 2018


The Astros have teamed up with Jostens, and turned their ballpark into a World Series jewelry store for the first few weeks of the season:


Astros and Jostens selling championship rings and jewelry


Championship ring enthusiasts and Astros fans can now spend $11,112 for a limited edition World Series championship fan ring that’s similar (but smaller) to the championship rings the players and key staff received on Tuesday.

For those not willing to fork over five-figures for a championship ring, there are other versions of World Series championships rings that cost $649 and $359.

If big championship rings aren’t your thing, there’s plenty of other merchandise you can buy. Hey if championship rings aren’t your thing, then you’re probably not reading this blog anyway!

Other options include $269 cufflinks and a $179 paperweight.

Besides the large Astros team store, there will be smaller merchandise areas selling World Series rings and jewelry inside the ballpark as well. And in the center field mezzanine, near Torchy’s Tacos, there’s a station that will be selling championship jewelry all season.

For those not near the ballpark, Astros championship jewelry also can be acquired on the Jostens website. Here’s the link: http://www.Jostens.com/apps/prochamp/houstonastros/fans/landing.mvc

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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Kate Upton Shows Off Justin Verlander’s 2017 World Series Ring

April 5, 2018


The supermodel posted these two pictures on Instagram, sporting her husband’s Astros 2017 World Series ring:


Kate Upton and the Astros 2017 Verlander World Series Ring


Kate Upton always looks gorgeous, but this week championship ring enthusiasts got to see her even looking hotter; thanks to her tweet with the Astros new championship ring.

Here’s an interesting tidbit: Upton’s wedding ring is 8 carats, and the World Series Championship ring is 10.4 carats. Before you think Kate Upton was shortchanged, note that an 8 carat diamond ring probably appraises for more than 10-times what a championship ring that has tons of smaller diamonds that compile into 10.4 carats of total diamond weight would. That’s because huge diamonds above 2-3 carats are extremely rare and valuable. 8 carats could be off the charts in terms of cost.

Kate wasn’t the only significant other to sport an Astros championship ring on the internet. Daniella Rodriguez, fiancée to shortstop Carlos Correa, also showed off his World Series ring too. Like Kate, her photograph of a championship ring was also alongside her engagement ring. If you want to see Daniella’s photo, check out Twitter.

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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Astros 2017 World Series Ring Has Specific Details of their Historic Run

April 4, 2018


The Houston Astros 2017 World Series is no longer shrouded in mystery. Tuesday evening thanks to the internet, Astros and championship ring fans were able to see the World Series rings:


(Click picture below for a larger picture)Houston Astros 2017 World Series rings


As this blog reported yesterday, owner Jim Crane has committed to purchase over 1,000 championship rings – one for everyone in the Astros organization.

That means all players, coaches, clubhouse and training staff, baseball and business front office, medical staff, part-time associates, Hall of Fame players, owners, and broadcasters, and ushers will receive championship rings.

The Astros wouldn’t confirm whether all rings that will be presented are the same size and cost of the player versions, but championship ring collectors and enthusiasts know this is never the case. The organization would practically be bankrupt if they did this.

It’s been speculated that the Astros will manufacture and offer championship rings (smaller than the player size versions) for staff friends and family to buy. If and when they do this, look for lots of these World Series rings to appear at inflated prices on eBay. And first couple that hit the open market, could make it to a major auction house.

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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