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Very Cool Patriots Championship Ring & Box on eBay

August 16, 2016

Here’s a very nice player AFC championship ring and rare presentation box, if you can work a deal with the seller:

Patriots 1996 AFC Championship Ring

I’m not affiliated with this championship ring or the seller, but wanted to write about this 1996 AFC championship ring.

The championship ring is so-so, nothing too special or fancy, however, the championship ring box is another story.

Jostens, and I presume Tiffany and Balfour, are not in the championship ring presentation box business. Typically, they either farm-out the production of these championship ring boxes, or, as Jostens did for a long time, own a subsidiary company that produces them.

I believe Jostens, like so many other manufacturers, has taken their championship ring box manufacturing over to China and I know in speaking with Jostens reps over the years, have tried more than one vendor in China.

At the end of the 1996 season, in Super Bowl XXXI, the Patriots lost to the Green Bay Packers. Jostens was awarded the production contract to make both championship rings from that game.

An interesting thing happened that year. Jostens provided a massive, wood championship ring box for both organizations with their championship rings. The boxes were the same size and both had the team logos inside the box and an engraved name plate to go along side the championship ring (as shown above).

Strangely, it was the only year Jostens made Super Bowl rings and/or AFC/NFC championship rings with this box. I have no idea why Jostens never offered these impressive boxes again.

These championship ring boxes are quite rare. You can see the Packers presentation box at my super bowl ring gallery. There’s a link located on my home page.

At the offering price of $15,000, this Patriot player championship ring is priced high, but perhaps there’s room to negotiate as the seller has a “best offer” option.

Please remember, I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring in a private setting, please contact me.

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Mariano Rivera Becomes Newest Member of Monument Park

August 15, 2016

The Yankees presented Rivera with gifts during his number-retiring ceremony, including this gorgeous Monument Park championship ring:

Mariano Rivera Yankee Monument Park championship ring

In Sunday’s pre-game ceremony, the Yankees celebrated Mariano’s fantastic career and the highlight was the unveiling of Rivera’s Monument Park plaque shown below:

Mariano Rivera Yankee Monument Park championship ring

Rivera, becomes the 37th member of Monument Park.

The championship ring shown above, was made by Balfour in 14K white gold and diamonds. The championship ring was presented to Mariano during the ceremony and included a beautiful championship ring box with a glass top.

I was at the stadium during the ceremony and took the photo of the championship ring as it appeared on the huge scoreboard.

Rivera passed the ring along to his former teammates and managers and special guests seated with him during the ceremony. It was easy to see how impressed the guests were at the championship ring, the plaque, and the accomplishments of Rivera.

Congratulations to Mariano Rivera on an first-ballet hall of fame career.

Please remember I buy championship rings. If you have a championship ring and would like to sell it privately, please let me know.

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Yankees Paying Alex Rodriguez $317 Million For A Single World Series Ring

August 12, 2016

Think that last championship ring at auction went for a lot of money?   Here’s a World Series Ring that cost $317,368,852:

2009 Yankees World Series Ring - Alex Rodriguez World Series Ring**photo description here**

When A-Rod’s contact expires at the end of next season, the Yankees will have paid him a total of $317,368,852, according to a review of the contracts, and being reported by The Associated Press.

Amazed? Actually it’s even worse, since the $317 million does not include MLB’s Luxury tax that kicked in because of this deal. You need to add another $132 million to the total cost for the Luxury tax.

Fans, GM’s, and accountants can argue all day long if the millions spent was worth it, given that A-Rod’s time in New York produced one World Series ring. I thought perhaps there was a second championship ring – from the 2003 World Series loss to the Marlins, however, in researching this story, it turns out, Rodriguez joined the team the following season and was not awarded an American League Championship ring.

Brian Cashman, the Yankees long-time GM defended A-Rod, and all the money spent on him at a new conference this week.

“One individual is not responsible for winning only one world championship, because that’s part of the team effort,” general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday. “He had a big piece of that success and in most cases more so than most.”.

Cashman, even took off his 2009 World Series ring and used it as a prop to demonstrate to the media that the Yankees would not have won this World Series ring without A-Rod’s contributions during the 2009 season and playoff run.

Please remember, I buy championship rings, just not for millions of dollars. If you would like to sell your championship ring below $1,000,000 and would like to keep the matter private, please contact me.

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A Possible New Trend? A Fan and His Super Bowl Ring Belt

August 10, 2016

Joe Bruno had a quite a day recently. He and his Super Bowl Ring belt met Sean Landeta:

Super Bowl ring belts

Sean as he often does, allowed Joe take photos with his Super Bowl XXI and XXV championship rings (shown above left). Next, Sean signed Joe’s Super Bowl ring belt.

I have no idea where someone gets a Super Bowl ring belt, but the cool thing about it is that it features all four Giant Super Bowl rings. The Giants latest Super Bowl ring, from 2011, is the centerpiece of the belt, and is centered on the belt. Also of note in the design of this item, the Super Bowl XLVI ring from 2011 is the largest championship ring displayed on the belt.

As Super Bowl rings and championship rings grow larger, and now have reached a point where they are uncomfortable to wear due their size and weight, perhaps in a decade or two, we’ll see real championship ring belts.

Imagine huge football players walking around like Joe does, with a championship ring belt hanging off their shoulder.

I hope championship ring belts are not going to replace championship rings, however the championship ring hats we’ve seen fans wearing at sporting events is another story.

Please remember, I buy championship rings, just not hats or belts. If you are interested in a private deal, and would like to discuss selling your championship ring, please let me know.

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Wrapping Up Championship Rings at the National

August 9, 2016

As the National finished up on Sunday, a chance to buy and view great Championship Rings came to a conclusion:

2016 championship rings at the national

Now that the National is over, it’s time to move forward. I came away from the large show excited that some of Yogi Berra’s championship rings will be coming to auction through Steiner Sports.

And to make me feel even better, yesterday I discovered my mailbox was stuffed with two interesting auction catalogs from SCP Auctions. And as you would expect, the first thing I do when receiving auction catalogs, is to rummage through them to see what championship rings will be offered.

My first surprise in turning the pages was one catalog was entirely devoted to the upcoming Basketball Hall of Fame auction. While a dedicated catalog of this event is a yearly tradition, I discovered that the Basketball HOF switched auction houses. They moved from long-time auction partner Grey Flannel Auctions to SCP.

It looks like Grey Flannel is having some challenges – their TV show, about buying and selling sports memorabilia was not a hit and was soon off the air. Also, they were absent as a vendor at this year’s National, and now, it appears they have lost the Basketball HOF auction.

Even worse for them, I heard at the show, but was not able to substantiate these claims, that they are owed a lot of money by a well-known championship ring dealer from Tennessee. Adding to the irony, the dealer from Tennessee recently had a full page advertisement in a national sports memorabilia publication touting that he has 1,500 championship rings for sale. Other experts in the hobby claim that’s rubbish and I would have to agree. If you have ever dealt with the Tennessee dealer you know, he’s a one-man operation and often comes up with wild exaggerations and claims.

As can be expected, the SCP Basketball HOF auction catalog has some great championship rings coming up for auction. Enclosed in the SCP mailing, was a larger auction catalog showing another SCP upcoming auction. It too, had quite a few championship rings in it.

If you went to the national and have any great stories about championship rings, please let me know.

Meanwhile, make plans for the 2017 National, coming to Chicago next summer.

Remember I buy championship rings. If you have a championship ring to sell and want to do a private deal, please contact me.

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