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Jerry West’s Amazing Championship Ring Display

August 25, 2014

Born in West Virginia, a local WV Steakhouse called, Prime 44 West, houses Jerry’s Championship Rings and a Larry O’brien NBA Championship trophy.

Jerry West Championship Rings

How did Jerry acquire so many championship rings?

Jerry West was a professional basketball player who played his entire professional 14 year career for the L.A. Lakers.

Jerry was also the co-captain of the 1960 U.S. Olympic gold medal team in Rome. The entire team was inducted as a unit into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.

West had a very impressive NBA career. Playing the guard position, he was voted 12 times into the All-NBA First and Second Teams, and was elected into the NBA All-Star Team 14 times. West was the All-Star MVP in 1972, the same year that he won the only title of his career.

West holds the NBA record for the highest points per game average in a playoff series with mind-blowing 46.3. He was also a member of the first five NBA All-Defensive Teams (one second, which was then followed by four firsts), which were introduced when he was 32 years old.

Having played in nine NBA Finals, he is also the only player in NBA history to be named Finals MVP despite being on the losing team (1969). West was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980 and voted as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history in 1996.

After his playing career, West was head coach of the Lakers for three years, leading Los Angeles into the playoffs each year and earning a Western Conference Finals berth once.

West was named general manager of the Lakers prior to the 1982–83 NBA season. Under his reign, the Lakers won a whopping six championship rings.

In 2002, West became general manager of the Memphis Grizzlies and helped the franchise win their first-ever playoff berth. For his contributions, West won the NBA Executive of the Year Award twice, once with the Lakers (1995) and then once with the Grizzlies (2004).

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NY Knicks great Bernard King sells Basketball Hall of Fame ring, trophy

May 28, 2014


Nostalgia is apparently being trumped by cold, hard cash for the former high-scoring Knick forward, inducted into the Hall of Fame recently.

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Bernard King is showing that money trumps nostalgia.

King had to wait his turn before he was welcomed into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last year. Now, the Brooklyn product and former Knicks great is wasting little time profiting from the honor.

King, who spent four seasons with the Knicks, is selling off his Hall of Fame induction ring and Hall of Fame trophy Thursday at the Nate D. Sanders auction house in Los Angeles.

The two items were initially set for bidding starting at $40,000 for the ring and $32,500 for the trophy. But King chose to sell the items to the auction house rather than put them up for consignment, where he would have waited 45 days to receive payment, Sanders said.

The ring and trophy were purchased from King directly by the firm for an undisclosed sum, Sanders said. The sale will be conducted through mail order and online auction. It was the first time Sanders had ever dealt with King and he worked with him directly on the deal.

“That means he wants the money up front,” Sanders said in a phone interview on Tuesday of why King didn’t put the items up for bid. “He’s taking the gamble away and getting paid up front. There’s a gamble that maybe he did the right thing and maybe it doesn’t sell. There’s also the gamble that it could have sold for more and if he had been patient for a few months he could have made more money.”

Instead he was paid last month, Sanders said.

“He didn’t have the patience to wait those few months,” he said.

King did not immediately return messages for comment.

Sanders said he received between $40,000 and $50,000 for Chet (The Jet) Walker’s Hall of Fame ring.

“And you know Bernie King is a better player than Chet the Jet,” Sanders said of the former Hall of Famer who played for Philly and Chicago, suggesting that King could have received more.

Sanders said that Walker also sold his ring not long after he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012 “so it’s not unprecedented.”

Sanders says the craziest sports item he ever put up for auction was a pair of Arther Ash’s wisdom teeth that he got from his wife as part of his estate that went up for auction in 2012 and got a “few thousand” for them, he said.

“When we dealt with [former NFL punter] Ray Guy, he was going through his bankruptcy and he wanted to sell his three Super Bowl rings because he needed to pay back the bankruptcy court,” Sanders said of goods that “brought almost $100,000,” according to Sanders’ website. “I dealt with wives of Yankees before who were selling their World Series rings from the 1950s. Everyone has a different reason. It’s a lot of money- so that’s probably the best reason they want to sell them.”

King was in the news again this past season when Carmelo Anthony broke his Knicks single-game scoring record of 60 points with a 62-point effort against the Charlotte Bobcats on Jan. 24. King set the record in a loss to the Nets on Christmas Day in 1984.

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Even Michael Jordan’s golf bag has six rings

May 23, 2014

This photo found on the internet shows Michael Jordan, a self admitted golf-addict, showing off all six of his Chicago Bulls championship rings.

Michael Jordan championship ring golf bag

If you are ever lucky enough to play a round of golf with Michael Jordan, and you’re a championship ring enthusiast like myself, you may want to check out Michael’s golf bag.

The Chicago Bulls NBA Championship rings are from: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, and 1998.

Besides the six championship rings, the bag has his Nike Basketball shoe logo embroidered above the Bulls rings. The Air Jordan III Nike sneaker, released in 1988, was the first Air Jordan shoe to feature the Jumpman logo.

As you can see in the photograph, Jordan’s custom golf bag also pays homage to Mike’s Nike Basketball sneakers.

Should Mike’s golf bag ever get lost or damaged, no need to worry. Other photos on the internet reveal that he has several other custom Nike golf bags that show-off many of his classic Michael Jordan Basketball sneakers.

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How much is a college championship ring worth?

April 9, 2014 – by Adriene Hill

Connecticut beat Kentucky and the winning players will soon receive a championship ring similar to the one show here:

Connecticut NCAA National Championship Basketball Ring

Pretty fancy, right? Turns out those rings look a lot more expensive than they actually are. Student-athletes who win championships can only receive $415 worth of gifts for the victory, per NCAA rules. (They are allowed additional gifts for participating in post season conference events and for winning their conference championship.)

According to USA Today, Jostens, the company that likely made your high school graduation ring, makes these college championship rings. In 2013, USA Today spoke to Chris Poitras, from Jostens sport division:

“In the last 5-10 years, the increase in gold and genuine diamond prices has pretty much priced gold and diamonds out of the scenario for college rings,” Poitras said.

Instead, the rings are decked out in “simulated colored non-genuine stones” and “metals that look exactly the same [as gold], but cost considerably less.”

Just becuase the rings aren’t made of actual diamonds and gold doesn’t make them cheap for the schools. According to, after Auburn’s football team won the national football championship the school “spent the $75,000-$80,000 for one set of the national championship rings and the SEC title ring, which was slightly less than what was allowed by the NCAA.”

Note: The Auburn-designed national championship ring that went to the players and coaches cost $415 each, the exact amount allowed by the NCAA. The SEC championship ring cost $285 each, under the $315 allowed by the NCAA.

Let’s say you are one of the student athletes lucky and talented enough to earn a ring. You can’t sell it. According to the NCAA rulebook: “awards received for intercollegiate athletics participation may not be sold, exchanged or assigned for another item of value, even if the student-athlete’s name or picture does not appear on the award.”

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Basketball Legend Bill Sharman to Raffle His 2010 LA Lakers Championship Ring

USC men’s basketball legend Bill Sharman will be auctioning his player-size 2010 Los Angeles Lakers championship ring. The goal is to raise a lot of money for eight different charities.
Los Angeles Basketball Championship Ring

The lucky winner with the correct raffle ticket not only gets the ring but will also be awarded two tickets to a Lakers game next season.

Also included in the giveaway, the winner gets a $4,000.00 travel allowance (if needed), so out-of-state entries are welcome and encouraged. Last, the winner will be presented with the championship ring personally by Bill Sharman.

After leaving USC as a consensus All-American, Sharman went on to become a four-time NBA champion and eight-time All-Star as a player. He also won ABA and NBA titles as a head coach, including the 1972 championship with the Lakers.

Click this link for additional information and to purchase raffle tickets.

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