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Scuba Diver Finds HOF Championship Ring Belonging to AHL Star Dick Gamble

July 21, 2017

Former American Hockey League star player, Dick Gamble had given up hope and ordered a replacement for his Hall of Fame championship ring when it was lost several years ago:

Dick Gamble AHL Hall of fame ring

Soon, he’ll have two Hall of Fame championship rings.

A scuba-diving treasure hunter found Gamble’s missing championship ring in Canandaigua Lake. The lake is one of the Finger Lakes, located in rural upstate New York. The diver was searching for items and using a metal detector over the July 4th holiday weekend.

“I was coming back to the boat and get a signal in my headphones and there it was, a ring, looks like a pretty good ring”, Gary Gavurnik told Rochester’s WHEC-TV. “I bring it up to the surface with my buddy and show it to him and we say: ‘Holy cow!’ This is more than just a ring, this is sentimental to somebody who lost it. It’s a Hall of Fame ring.”

The Canadian-born Gamble, now 88 years old, didn’t respond to calls about the find.

Gavurnik plans to return the special championship ring to Dick Gamble.

Gamble, who starred for the AHL’s Rochester Americans, retired during the 1969-70 season. He was inducted as an original member of the Americans Hall of Fame in 1986 and was enshrined in the AHL Hall of Fame back in 2007.

Officials at the American Hockey League said Thursday that Gamble’s son, Craig, had ordered a replacement championship ring. Gamble’s name is inscribed on both championship rings.

Gamble also played in the NHL. Spending time during eight seasons with the Montreal Canadians, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Chicago Blackhawks, Gamble had 41 goals and 41 assists in 195 NHL games. The 6-foot, 180-pound left wing also appeared in an NHL All-Star Game and was a member of the Canadiens’ Stanley Cup championship team in 1953. That means he has a Canadians Stanley Cup championship ring as well.

Gamble made his AHL debut the following season with the Buffalo Bisons and scored 38 goals in 45 games which lead the team. But it was with the Americans, whom he joined in 1961, that Gamble etched his name in league lore. He helped Rochester win three Calder Cups in a four-year span and was named AHL most valuable player in 1965-66. That season he lead the league in scoring with a personal-best 98 points (47 goals, 51 assists).

Gamble finished his career as the Americans all-time leader in every major scoring category, totals since eclipsed by Jody Gage. In his AHL career, Gamble scored 468 goals, which is fourth all-time, and had 424 assists in 898 games.

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This Has Got To Be One of The Ugliest Championship Ring Designs Ever

July 20, 2017

No insult to the Lakers, who’ve had so much success for decades, but this Championship Ring is really lacking thoughtful and good-looking design:

Los Angeles Lakers 2002 NBA Championship Ring

The Lakers 2002 NBA Championship Ring, shown above is not the design I’d have chosen. While the use of yellow canary diamonds is a good idea since it matches the teams colors, the overall design reminds me of modern art.

The championship ring does celebrate the fact that the team won its third consecutive title as the words “Back Back Back” are shown in the center. This amazing accomplishment deserves a better championship ring. Perhaps the designers at Masters of Design (the manufacturers of all three Laker championship rings in this title run) should’ve looked at the Bulls three-consecutive championship rings for inspiration.

Apparently some design did go into the creation of this ring. According to one seller on eBay, who’s selling this championship ring:

“The triangle theme on the ring face makes note of this third consecutive trip to the mountain top, with the amethyst at center bordered by the word “Back” on three sides, as in “Back to back to back.” Fourteen brilliant cut diamonds adorn the bezel, where raised lettering reads “Lakers World Champions.” Sixty-one yellow diamonds are set in the ring face, as are three larger triangular cut diamonds representing each Championship.”

The player’s version of the ring was made in 14K solid yellow gold.

Please note, I’m not affiliated with the seller or the championship ring on eBay; I’m just here to blog about championship rings. And no disrespect to the players, coaches, and staff who worked hard and earned this championship ring. Any and all championship rings are special, and congratulations to the organization for their amazing three title run!

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Unusual USC Football Championship Ring on eBay

July 19, 2017

This football National Championship Ring is from 1978 and is one of my favorite championship ring designs of all time:

USC 1978 National Football Championship ring

I am not affiliated with this championship ring or the seller, I’m just hear to blog about the world of championship rings.

This gorgeous 1978 USC Football championship ring is currently on sale on ebay with an asking price of $4,599.00. The seller explains that he’s taking offers but hints he will not go much lower than that.

What makes this championship ring so unusual is two things. First, it’s made of 14K solid gold. Back in the “old-days” before the greedy NCAA decided college students were not entitled to solid gold rings, it was not usual for college programs to issue solid gold 10K championship rings.

However this USC championship ring is made with the more expensive, 14K solid gold.

Second, this championship ring contains real diamonds. Even back in the “old-days”, college championship rings did not contain real diamonds.

While this championship ring may have been made later on, as a “one-off”, the manufacturer’s engraved name shown in the eBay listing clearly shows that this championship ring is authentic and was made by Jostens.

What I love about this championship ring design is that in the late 1970′s, championship ring bling was in it’s infancy and this ring design was a bold vision. You were just starting to see professional teams design championship rings with more and more diamonds. Look at the New York Yankees 1977 World Series ring and then their simple 1978 World Series ring and you’ll see that the USC ring had a lot more bling then the ’78 Yankees championship ring. You can view those World Series rings from my home page; just click on the gallery links.

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Patriots Front Office Staff Receive Super Bowl Rings

July 18, 2017

Some, perhaps all, of the Patriots front office have begun to receive their Super Bowl rings:

New England Patriots Staff Super Bowl 51 Ring

Professional teams who award championship rings to staff, aren’t required and never release information as to the number of versions they produce and which employees earn player size championship rings, and which staff members get lesser rings.

The Patriots employee who tweeted this photograph of their championship ring (shown above) must be pleasantly surprised – their Super Bowl ring looks to be the same size as the player version.

I do notice that some of the diamonds appear smaller, and I see a difference in the amount of diamonds, directly above the Patriot logo (compare with the photograph below of a player’s Super Bowl ring).

Often, depending upon one’s rank or value to the organization, front office championship rings could be made with non-gold metals, and worthless man-made diamond replicas.

So it’s impossible to know if the Super Bowl ring shown above contains real gold and real diamonds, however, the championship ring looks to compare quite closely to the player version shown here:

New England Patriots Staff Super Bowl 51 Ring

When purchasing front office championship rings, keep two things in mind:

1) Front office rings (including coach and scout rings) often sell for significantly less money than player rings, even though they could be the same size and weight as player championship rings.

2) Championship rings without real diamonds, or made of the same gold content and weight and differ from the design of player’s rings, go for substantially less money in the market place as well.

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Bad Night For Championship Rings at Paragon Auctions

July 16, 2017

Arguably, the three best championship rings offered in their auction, all fail to reach the reserve and don’t sell:

Paragon auctions championship rings

Few things are more frustrating to championship ring collectors and sports memorabilia collectors, than auction offerings that have hidden minimum reserves and then fail to sell. Especially, if you’re up all night trying to make sure you’re the winning bidder.

Imagine the frustration of being the highest bidder, only to find that you’ve won nothing for your efforts.

Please note, I didn’t bid in the Paragon auction and I’m not affiliated with any of the championship rings that were offered in this auction. I’m here, just to blog about the world of championship rings.

The three championship rings offered in the auction that are shown above, did well bidding-wise. I have no idea what the original consigners were thinking.

The Dolphins ring at $22,413.00 was a decent price and the rare 1955 American League championship ring was actually a strong price at $13,915. Incidentally, that exact player Yankee championship ring, was sold in one other auction (Mastro Auctions) back in 2006 for $5,956.00; so what was the consigner thinking?

Finally, the Chief’s Super Bowl IV ring, which belonged to a scout, not a player like the other two championship rings, did decent too, at $12,974.00.

Perhaps the auction would have seen more activity and could have reached higher bidding amounts had the event received better advertising and press, and also, if there were no reserves.

Please remember, I will always give a fair price for your championship rings. I’ll buy your championship ring if you’re looking to sell and don’t forget, you’ll maintain your privacy.

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