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Championship Ring and Memorabilia of Former Syracuse Star at Auction

April 27, 2016


For the right price, you can own some of former Syracuse University great Dave Bing’s basketball memorabilia:


2003 Syracuse National Championship ring


Several special pieces of memorabilia from the Hall of Famer’s career, including a National championship ring from the 2003 season are in an upcoming Goldin auction. Although Bing played at Syracuse in the 1960s, his number was retired by the University and they also gifted him a 2003 championship ring.

Some of the sports memorabilia items in the auction are from his NBA playing days with the Detroit Pistons. A few others are linked to his time with Syracuse University.

Besides the special championship ring, collectors can bid on his 1966 Athlete of the Year award presented by the Syracuse University Alumni Association of New York City (minimum bid: $300). The 2003 NCAA championship ring has a starting minimum bid: $5,000.

Bing said he recently moved into a new home in the Detroit area and as part of his downsizing, he gifted the sports items to his grandchildren. He’s not upset that they decided to put the memorabilia up for auction.

“I don’t think they value it the same way (as he does),” Bing said. “I’m not going to fight them over it. It’s not that big of a deal. All that stuff was so long ago. When I downsized, that’s when you realize how much stuff you have. I’m not that sentimental, to be honest with you.”

Please remember, I buy championship rings, so if you would like to sell your championship ring in privacy, please reach out to me.


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What The Auction House Didn’t Tell Bidders About This World Series Ring

April 26, 2016


While Duke Snider’s 1953 championship ring sold for $50,062 recently, the buyer might not have know all the details about it:

(Click picture below for a larger picture)Duke Snider 1953 Brooklyn dodger ring


After careful examination of the photos in the SCP auction that concluded over the weekend, I believe the Duke Snider World Series ring is authentic.

The weight of the ring is dead-on at 26 grams and the inside engraving of Duke’s name, matches quite similarly with my player ring belonging to another famous Dodger great. Another Home Run in the offering was a letter of authenticity (LOA) from Snider himself.

However, there is something very unusual about the Duke Snider championship ring: The maker of this championship ring, and all the other Brooklyn Dodger championship rings was Dieges & Clust.

The Duke Snider championship ring that sold for a little over $50,000.00 was clearly stamped Balfour 10K.

Jostens, Balfour, and Dieges & Clust all competed in the championship ring business back in the 1950s when this National League Championship ring was manufactured.

Decades later, Dieges & Clust was sold to Herff Jones, not Balfour. If Snider’s championship ring had to be remade, it should have been remade (or repaired, or resized) by Dieges & Clust or Herff Jones, not Balfour.

How and why Balfour stamped this ring, is a mystery, and clearly, the wrong manufacture’s stamp on a championship ring hurts the value of the ring. SCP should have clearly stated in their auction that the championship ring contained the wrong manufacture’s stamp.

Perhaps the winning bidder knew this, or perhaps he didn’t. We will never know if the price was driven higher by bidders who didn’t know or understand this issue.

I had purchased a Yankees 1953 winning ring a few years back from a collector. Doing my homework, I knew that the 1953 ring was authentic and was made by Balfour. The Balfour stamp inside the ring was not from 1953, but it was from the early 1980s.

As some of us middle-agers know, sometimes our finger sizes grow throughout our lives and the championship ring probably went back to Balfour to be resized. The stamp was ruined during the sizing process so Balfour, as they commonly do, restamped the World Series ring, with a more modern Balfour stamp.

When that ring sold at auction, it sold for a lot less money than other 1953 player rings. The auction company told me that some potential bidders were turned off by the more modern stamp, yet keep in mind, it was stamped by the same company, that originally made the championship ring. So if a modern stamp, lessens the value of a championship ring, imagine what the wrong company’s stamp does to the value of a ring. And note that the 1953 Yankee ring description from that auction contained a detailed explanation of the more modern stamp as it should have.

Shown below is a picture of my 1953 Dodger championship ring and you can see how well Duke’s and George Schuba’s engraving match up. Yes, the SCP ring is authentic, but the auction description should have been much more detailed.

(Click picture below for a larger picture)Brooklyn Dodger championship ring


Please remember, I buy championship rings all the time. If you have a championship ring and would like to sell it privately, please contact me.


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Don Drysdale’s 1963 World Series Ring Sells For $110,111

April 25, 2016


Don Drysdale’s 1963 World Series championship ring with the Los Angeles Dodgers sold for $110,111 in an auction of the late Hall of Fame pitcher’s memorabilia


Don Drysdale 1963 Dodgers World Series Ring


The Balfour Championship ring, in outstanding condition is shown above.

Don Drysdale’s 1963 World Series championship ring, earned with the L.A. Dodgers fetched $110,111 over the weekend in an auction.

It wasn’t the only item that sold for six figures that belonged to the late Hall of Fame pitcher.

Drysdale’s 1962 Cy Young Award as the National League’s best pitcher sold in the same auction for $100,100.

Kelly Drysdale, his daughter from the Pitcher’s first marriage, was very upset that she wasn’t informed of the auction or offered any items by Drysdale’s widow. Kelly said would have liked the Cy Young Award, which was displayed in her house where she was raised.

Drysdale’s 1965 World Series championship ring went for $90,999, while his 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers game-worn rookie uniform earned $82,727.

One very cool feature on the 1963 World Series ring (and some of the other Dodger championship rings from this era) is that each player’s signature was recreated on the side of the ring, shown inside a baseball.

Among the other items garnering the highest prices was four of Drysdale’s game-worn Dodgers uniforms, including two that he wore during the 1965 World Series. They sold for prices ranging from $25,686 to $41,372. His 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers NL championship ring went for $25,726, and his well-worn, game-used fielder’s glove from the 1960s sold for $30,343.

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


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Championship Rings and Auctions

April 23, 2016


This is one of the busiest times of year to acquire championship rings at auction. This year, there’s lots to choose from:


Championship rings and Super Bowl rings at auction


The spring and Christmas holiday season are a great time to find championship rings available from a number of well-known auction houses.

This year’s no different, there are numerous Super Bowl rings, World Series rings, and other championship rings in current auctions.

The auction catalog above shows a Forty Niners Super Bowl ring and a player’s 2000 Yankee World Series ring auctioning this month at Robert Edward Auctions.

To be transparent, of the many championship rings available right now in these auctions, I’m involved with one championship ring. A player’s World Series ring (not the one pictured above). The player was offered his championship ring back but declined my offer and gave me written permission to sell the ring to recoup my costs.

It’s rare that I sell a championship ring, but with this player’s permission, I felt it was an acceptable resolution and so did the player.

A nice benefit of dealing with an auction house is that the championship ring you buy is often authenticated and you have a better chance of not getting involved with a fake ring or a ring that was stolen.

Sometimes dealing with someone without a long and solid history of selling championship rings, such as an established auction house, or well-known ring dealer can lead to disastrous results.

Once the auctions are over and the results are in, I’m sure I’ll have a lot to write about.

Please remember, I buy championship rings, so if you have a championship ring that you would like to sell privately, please let me know.


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Stanley Cup Rangers Ring Up At Auction

April 22, 2016


Here’s a rare chance to acquire an authentic 1994 Rangers Stanley Cup Ring:


Rangers 1994 Stanley Cup Ring


I am not affiliated with the auction house, and I don’t own this ring, I’m just here to report on a very cool item currently in an auction.

Rod Gilbert played 19 years for the New York Rangers and was the first player in Rangers history to have his number retired. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982, Gilbert never won a Stanley Cup Ring with the Rangers until 1994 when he worked for the Rangers Organization and had long retired from playing.

The championship ring shown above was made by Balfour, and has his number on the side of the ring. This championship ring is identical in size and style and diamond make-up as the players received.

The championship ring box is not part of the Heritage auction.

Real Ranger Stanley Cup Championship rings are rare, I only know of one championship ring that was sold, and that was privately, by a Ring Dealer for $16,000.00 back in 2010. That championship ring belonged to a high level executive.

Please remember, I buy championship rings, so if you would like to sell your ring privately, please let me know.


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