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:
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.