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Bo Schembechler’s Championship Ring and Bust Being Auctioned For Charity

May 20, 2019

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has one, and so does athletic director Warde Manuel:

Bo Schembechler championship ring auctioned

And now the highest bidder in the ChadTough Foundation’s “Champions for Change” gala fundraiser this past Saturday night has one too.

A bronze bust of legendary Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler along with his 1972 Big Ten championship ring donated by his wife, Cathy Schembechler, to the ChadTough Foundation. Last year, the event raised $1.2 million for research to discover treatment for pediatric brain cancer with an emphasis on Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). Tammi and Jason Carr lost their son, Chad, to DIPG on Nov. 23, 2015 and have worked to fund efforts to find a cure.

Chad Carr was the grandson of longtime Michigan football coach, Lloyd Carr, and UM All-American Tom Curtis.

Proceeds of the event benefit the foundation with half going to Michigan Medicine’s Chad Carr Pediatric Brain Tumor Center. The gala will be co-chaired by John Beilein and his wife, Kathleen, and will honor Dick Vitale, who has raised millions of dollars for pediatric cancers, including DIPG. Dana Jacobson of CBS News and CBS Sports, and a Michigan alum, will be master of ceremonies.

While the bust is a remarkable likeness of Schembechler, the championship ring was his and was chosen because of its uniqueness. The top of the ring is shaped like Michigan Stadium.

Jim Brandstatter, who is Michigan’s play-by-play announcer and played for Schembechler, was asked by Cathy to help her select the ring for the auction.

“She said, ‘You don’t think Bo would mind us giving these away?’ I said, ‘Are you kidding me? The last thing he cared about is jewelry,’” Brandstatter said. “He wore his ‘M’ ring and that was it. If you told him today and he were alive and said you would be going to raise a boatload of money for the ChadTough Foundation and Lloyd Carr’s grandson, he would be the first guy to say, ‘What do you want? Here it is.’ We both agreed he would have no issues.”

Cathy sent Brandstatter pictures of the rings and asked which to donate.

“They all look pretty much the same, but the one that was unique and different to a degree was the ’72 ring,” Brandstatter said. “It has Schembechler on it, the record, and the winged helmet. The other rings are like class rings, but this is unique because the top part is the stadium with a Block M in the middle.”

That was Schembechler’s third season at Michigan.

“I said, ‘If you’re not emotionally attached, I think it would be a great gift for the ChadTough auction,’” Brandstatter said. “And she said, ‘That sounds like the one that would work.’”

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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This Championship Ring Will Probably be on eBay For Quite a While

May 14, 2019

At an asking price of $39,000, this Patriots front office 1985 Championship ring is completely priced wrong, despite it’s $100,000 appraised value:

New England Patriots championship rings

A loyal reader of this championship ring blog, alerted me to this eBay listing. The reader wrote “Had to send this to you, the price and “value” made me laugh”.

I agree, the appraised value if a complete joke. A front office Patriots ring from 1985, in solid gold would sell for about $5,000 to $7,000 at auction. Two issues with any ’85 Patriots championship ring:

  • A fan of the team, who would purchase an ’85 AFC championship ring, would be reminded of the team’s disastrous Super Bowl XX performance – where they were destroyed by the Bears

  • This championship ring is before the Brady/Bellichick/Kraft years. It’s so far removed in style and success from the modern Patriots teams, that it’s almost as if it was from a completely different football team.

    I’d love to ask the person who appraised this championship ring for $100,000 how they came up with this value. Perhaps the seller feels there’s a sucker born everyday and the purchaser will do zero research or be lacking a brain.

    Speaking of lacking brains, although the appraised value of $100,000 is mentioned twice in the auction, the seller does write in two other instances on the ebay listing that the appraised value is $39,000. Perhaps the seller got two appraisals (doubtful) and the $100,000 appraiser refused to associate his name with that ludicrous $100,000 value.

    There’s not much “good” about this offering but here’s three things:

  • This championship ring will come (for no extra charge) with “a free certified insurance appraisal valued at $39,000.00″.
  • The seller will ship this “$100,000″ appraised championship ring for the bargain-price cost of only $19.00. That truly is a great price to ship such a valuable item.
  • The seller is accepting “lower offers” on this championship ring.

    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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  • Many Championship Rings on Ebay Are Moving Slowly

    May 8, 2019

    Poking around eBay, I see many of the championship rings have been on that website for a very long time and are not selling:

    championship rings for sale on ebay

    If auction-house sales are an indication, then high-end championship rings, (and the finest and rarest examples of sports memorabilia) selling prices are heading upwards.

    However, run of the mill, or more common collectibles in this market place (such as B-level or C-level) items are not climbing the same way.

    There are many overpriced championship rings on ebay for sale, each and every day. And some of them have been on that site for years.

    A few months back, I wrote about this stunning championship ring for sale on eBay (photo below). The seller was asking a lot of money, but with offers being accepted, I thought this Patriots Super Bowl ring would sell.

    championship rings for sale on ebay

    Well almost three months later, it’s still on the site for sale. The championship ring is smaller than the player’s version, and the offering is not made of solid gold and real diamonds. This particular championship ring fits in the category of a B level or C level ring, and my theory that the run of the mill or more common collectibles are not rising in prices the way the best-of-the-best is.

    That Patriots ring was featured in this blog in February. Here is a link to that story:

    I still believe the Patriots ring shown above, and some of the other championship rings on eBay are desirable collectibles. Perhaps the sellers at some point will modify their selling prices to reflect the slower market.

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

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    Dumb Championship Ring Moves

    April 29, 2019

    Recently an email was sent to me about a championship ring theft that could easily have been avoided:

    showing off

    I’ve learned some interesting things over the years while collecting championship rings.

    I’ve learned that people sell their championship rings for many different reasons. But more surprising, I’ve found that collectors of championship rings not only acquire rings for different reasons, but also handle their collections very differently as well.

    For instance, I never wear my championship rings. They sit in a vault at the bank and not in my house. I don’t wear them to games or out in public. I have no desire to impress friends or strangers, and I feel there is no need to show the world – “look what I got!”.

    Others see it very differently. I’ve been out in public and run into fans or championship ring collectors wearing an authentic piece or two, (or even three).

    One collector I know, who often enjoys wearing his championship rings in public, mentioned it helps him get a table at a good restaurants.

    So as the illustration points out above, maybe collectors should rethink the notion of showing off their huge championship rings (especially when you place more than one on your hand). Who are you trying to impress and why do you feel the need to do this?

    Last week I received a note from a collector of championship rings, who was wearing two recent Super Bowl rings in public. I mention “recent rings” because as you can imagine, not only were these Super Bowl rings, but they were enormous, attention-getting blinged championship rings.

    According to the email, the victim was mugged, and robbed of his two authentic Super Bowl rings. And he wanted to alert people in this hobby to be on the look out for his two rings.

    Today’s blog will probably do little to curb collectors to change their philosophy on wearing championship rings in public. Perhaps they will think they are careful or can take care of themselves. The victim in this story was mugged by two people – not just one. So if you think you can take care of yourself or that you are careful; perhaps you should rethink this.

    I’m just glad the victim was not killed or hurt worse than he was.

    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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    This Could Be The Best Super Bowl Ring Offering Ever

    April 22, 2019

    While this probably won’t sell for as much money as other Super Bowl rings, I don’t think there’s ever been a more impressive ring offering:

    Patriots super bowl li 2016 ring for sale and auction

    A loyal reader of this Championship Ring Blog, recently alerted me to this player Super Bowl 2016 ring offering. It’s currently being auctioned by Heritage Associates, and the sale will end some time in May. Thank you!

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

    This huge, stunning player championship ring from Super Bowl LI, is the first player-sized offering from this championship, and the largest and most blinged-out super bowl ring ever.

    One thing that will need to be confirmed, as the auction house was not specific: Is this the actual player version championship ring that was awarded to a player, or the “Family version ring” that players could purchase on their own?

    Those player version rings are smaller than the player version and only cost players and staff around $10,000.00 each. The player versions contain 283 real diamonds, while the family version is around 25% smaller in size and contains 260 diamonds.

    I believe, since Heritage stated that this Super Bowl ring contains 283 diamonds, that this is the player version; but you may want to confirm this if you are bidding. The offering contains the proper wood presentation box, but there’s no mention in the description about paperwork, and proof of title.

    In an usual move for an auction house, the original recipient of the Super Bowl ring is not mentioned.

    A Tom Brady “family ring” which as mentioned above, is smaller in size and bling-content, sold at auction last year for $344,927.50. So while this larger championship ring should sell for considerably less, one thing the championship ring hobby has taught me is to expect the unexpected.

    It will be fascinating to learn what this championship ring sells for. Keep in mind, the first offering from a championship team almost always goes for a lot of money. When the “big players” in the hobby get their championship ring, future offerings from the same team and year usually decline in subsequent auctions.

    I’ll wait it out until the prices for a Patriots 2016 Super Bowl ring becomes more reasonable.

    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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