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The Championship Rings From Super Bowl V

January 6, 2015


Continuing my blogs on the pairs of rings issued from every Super Bowl, let’s take a look at the two championship rings from Super Bowl V:

Super Bowl V Championship Rings


Please accept my apology that the above photo contains my website address. If I don’t place this on the picture, other web sites will steal my pictures and worse, ebay sellers who make those cheap replicas that don’t look as anywhere near as realistic as the real rings, will use the photos and claim the pictures are of their replica championship rings.

Almost all of the photographs from this blog series are from my own personal championship ring collection. As you know, many of these rings are extremely rare and seldom (or perhaps never) photographed in pairs from the specific Super Bowl game. So please excuse the on-going efforts to keep the photos from being misused and misrepresented. When I use a common picture found on the internet, I don’t put my website address on the photo.

The ring on the left is the Baltimore Colts Super Bowl V ring. Designed and manufactured by Jostens, it contained one large diamond and 7 small blue gems that match the Colts team colors.

In my humble opinion, of all the old-time Super Bowl rings, before the days of bling-rings, the Colts Super Bowl V ring is the classiest, most beautiful Super Bowl ring ever designed. It is a simple and elegant design, and ingeniously finds a way to incorporate the team’s logo font and center on the championship ring.

Unlike the Chiefs Super Bowl ring from the season before, the phrase “Super Bowl” is prominently displayed on the side of the ring. The side contains the score “Colts 16, Cowboys 13″.

The Colts Super Bowl V ring is readily available to championship rings collectors in the salesman sample version, however player or front office championship rings are extremely rare and highly coveted by championship ring collectors. Very few of these rings have been sold to the public.

In a tradition that continues to this day, the team that loses the Super Bowl is still recognized as a champion of their respective conference. The Cowboys ring from this game is the first ring to say “NFC Champions” and not “NFL Champions” as the merger was officially completed and implemented during the 1970 season.

Before the official merger was completed, the losing ring would contain either “AFL” or “NFL” champions, while the winning Super Bowl team’s ring would have the words “World Champions”. Starting with Super Bowl V and continuing to modern times, the team that loses the Super Bowl earns an “AFC” or “NFC” champions ring.

Like the Colts ring, the Cowboys NFC ring has an ingenious design that incorporates the team’s logo. The championship ring, made by Balfour, contains one large center diamond and five smaller diamonds.

Please keep in mind that I buy super bowl rings and I buy championship rings. Please let me know if you have a championship ring you would like to sell.


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The Championship Ring From Super Bowl III

December 23, 2014


Continuing my blog series on pairs of rings issued from every Super Bowl, let’s take a look at the championship hardware from Super Bowl III:

Jets Super Bowl III ring


In the almost fifty year history of the Super Bowl, only twice has a team decided to skip awarding a championship ring. Super Bowl III, played in January of 1969 was the first time this occurred.

An apology that this picture contains my website address, but if I don’t mark the photo, other web sites will steal my pictures or worse, ebay sellers making cheap replicas that don’t look as realistic as the real rings will use the photos and claim these pictures are of their championship rings.

Almost all of these photographs are from my personal championship ring collection and many of these rings are extremely rare and seldom (or perhaps never) photographed in pairs from a particular super bowl game. So please understand and excuse my effort to keep the photos from being misused. When I use a common picture found on the internet, I don’t put my website address on the photo.

The ring on the left is the New York Jets Super Bowl III ring, the same style ring spotted on Joe Namath at the Super Bowl 48 coin toss. Made by Balfour, it contained one large diamond and 6 smaller diamonds. The side of the ring had the phrase “Super Bowl” and the score Jets 16, Colts 7. This was the first Super Bowl ring to actually say “Super Bowl” as that name was not coined at the time of the first game between the Packers and Chiefs.

The Super Bowl III ring is extremely rare and highly coveted by championship ring collectors. Very few of these rings have been sold to the public.

Now here is where the story gets very interesting:

The solid gold watch shown on the right is the Baltimore Colts official award from the 1968 season. Notice, it does say “NFL Champions” as the NFL-AFL officially merged two seasons later when new conferences were created and the schedule was changed to allow each team to play every other team during the regular season.

In a tradition that continues to this day, the team that loses the Super Bowl is still recognized as a champion of their respective conference. Before the official merger was completed, the losing ring would contain either “AFL” or “NFL” champions, while the winning Super Bowl team’s ring would have the words “World Champions”. Starting with Super Bowl V and continuing to modern times, the team that loses the Super Bowl earns an “AFC” or “NFC” champions ring.

Now, about the watch:

The Baltimore Colts were heavily favored going into Super Bowl III, and were completely startled by their loss to the Jets.

The team felt that an “NFL Championship” ring would have been a grim reminder of their historic loss and perhaps that was just too much to bear. So the team decided to go with watches.

The watch is a high-end, solid 18K gold piece that contains the player initials (including the middle initial) and their jersey number engraved on the back of the watch.

The watches were made by luxury watch maker, Lucien Piccard. While the watch is extremely rare (only two have hit the auction block), there is not a huge demand for them and they typically sell around $3,000.

By now you probably know that I buy super bowl rings and I buy championship rings. Please let me know if you have a championship ring you would like to sell.


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The Baltimore Colts 1968 NFL Championship Ring That Wasn’t

March 20, 2014


When the 1968 NFL Champion Baltimore Colts lost to the New York Jets in Super Bowl III, the team decided to break a long-standing tradition.

baltimore colts super bowl iii 1968 championship watch


Since the NFL-AFL merger had not been completed yet, the Colts were entitled to receive NFL Championship Rings for winning their NFL Championship game before facing the Jets in the Super Bowl.

Heavily favored going into Super Bowl III, they were startled by their loss to the Jets.

Perhaps a ring would have been a grim reminder of their historic loss and perhaps that was too much to bear. So the team decided to go with watches.

The watches are high-end, solid 18K gold pieces with player initials (including the middle name) and their respective uniform number engraved on the back of the watch.

The watches were made by luxury watch maker, Lucien Piccard. This watch, hardly worn, was recently added to my collection. The brown alligator strap is original and so is the presentation box.

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Pittsburgh Steelers 2010 AFC Championship Watch Picture Finally Surfaces


When the Steelers lost to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV, they broke a 42 year tradition and opted not to receive a conference championship ring.

Pittsburgh Steelers 2010 AFC Championship Watch Surfaces
First it started as a rumor in the championship-ring collecting community back in 2011 when no fan or collector could find pictures or references to a Steeler 2010 AFC championship ring.  The rumor was that the Steelers received watches not rings.

Last year, after being unable to confirm a ring or watch was presented, I called the Steelers headquarters and spoke to a high-level executive.  He confirmed the team voted to award watches, not rings.  He politely refused to answer my question – why they decided upon watches.

This is a very unusual break with tradition.  Back in 1969, the Colts were so upset on their loss to the underdog Jets in Super Bowl III, that they too opted for watches and not rings.  In the 42 years since, every team that lost in the super bowl received a conference championship ring.  That is until the Steelers team of 2010.

In continuing to research all I could learn about championship rings, I discovered that the players from the Steelers 2005 team were upset when they received their Super Bowl XL rings.  The reason: They were too small.  Compared to the Patriots, Buccaneers and Ravens rings, the Steelers ring was tiny.

This situation was remedied three years later when the Steelers beat the Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.  The rings they received for that accomplishment were huge.

When the Steelers were getting ready to award a keepsake from the 2010 AFC Championship year, could it be that the team didn’t want to go through awarding another memento that upset the players?  The team may have been forced to go small again since the NFL has strict limits on the size of conference championship rings.  The Steelers probably had to get permission from the NFL to award watches since the league has rigid guidelines on awarding championship rings.


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