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Joe Namath Tells What His Super Bowl III Ring Means To Him

December 20, 2016

I’ve often said that the most expensive championship ring that could ever come to auction would be Joe Namath’s original Super Bowl III ring:

Joe Namath Jets Super Bowl III ring

In Super Bowl III, quarterback Joe Namath led his N.Y. Jets to a stunning 16-7 victory over the Baltimore Colts after he guaranteed a win.

The Jets were 18-point underdogs entering the Super Bowl as the AFL champions. The Green Bay Packers of the NFL had badly beaten the first two AFL champions with 25 and 19 point victories in the first two Super Bowls.

Here’s what Namath said regarding the Super Bowl: “Winning the championship, especially in team sports, it takes more than one guy,” Namath said. “Being a part of a group that worked so hard for so long, going through the valleys, the tough times, staying together and then reaching that peak together — we did it, and that’s one of the things that I cherish.”

Namath’s Super Bowl ring, made by Balfour in 14K solid gold, is tiny by today’s standards, but there’s not a more valuable Super Bowl ring on the planet.

Here’s a link to the video:

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A Championship Ring That’s Quite Unusual

December 19, 2016

I recently was offered the championship ring shown below. In all my years collecting championship rings, I’ve never seen one like this before:

Country Club championship rings

The seller, who was not the original recipient of this item, had no idea what this championship ring was, or the story behind it.

Having belonged to a country club, I know first-hand, the yearly Mens Golf and Tennis championships are a special event. It’s not unusual for members of the club to spend weeks or months preparing for their championship tournament. They spend extra hours practicing and taking lessons as the tournament approaches. To the participants, it’s a very big deal, and something the members look forward to each year.

The golf flag on the side of the championship ring, is a giveaway, that this championship ring was awarded for the golf championship, not the tennis championship.

Usually the winner gets a large trophy, and their name is proudly added to a large plaque, and always displayed within the halls of the Country Club.

I’ve never seen or heard of a Country Club awarding a championship ring, and I have to say, it’s a great idea!

What I find very surprising is that Jostens was hired to design and make the championship ring. I could be wrong, but Jostens does not usually get involved in small orders like this. When I say small orders, championship teams order 30-200 championship rings or more. The country club probably ordered one or two championship rings. The ring is clearly a Jostens ring, as evidenced by their unique stamp that can be seen in the photo above. Perhaps a Jostens executive is a member of the club, or perhaps a member of the club has some pull with Jostens.

A nice touch is that the winner had his name engraved by Jostens inside the championship ring. I recognize the engraving style used so it was likely done by Jostens at the time the championship ring was presented.

Bakersfield Country club is a private golf course and country club located in Bakersfield California, about 115 miles north of Los Angeles (and about 40 miles or so East of the ocean).

Please remember, I buy championship rings. If you would like to do a private deal, and sell you championship ring, please let me know.

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Here Come The Cavaliers Championship Ring Offerings

December 16, 2016

With over 1,000 Cleveland Cavalier Championship Rings being awarded to employees, it didn’t take long for some to hit the market place:

Employee Cleveland Cavalier championship rings

Note: The Cavaliers championship ring shown above may or may not be an employee ring, it’s being used in this blog for illustration purposes.

I received a phone call yesterday from a reader of my championship ring blog, looking to sell his employee Cavalier championship ring.

During our conversation, I learned the following about the championship rings given to employees: Some are made of solid gold and real diamonds (such as those given to scouts, executives, long time employees, etc.) but his was made of a man-made metal and imitation diamonds.

His championship ring did not come with a wood and glass presentation box and keep in mind that he told me he was a mid-level employee.

There are $1,500 fan championship rings available for sale and his championship ring, while a little larger than those for sale through the team, are similar in style and size to his ring.

This is just the beginning…. look for other employees to place their championship rings up for sale through eBay and other sports memorabilia auction houses. With over 1,000 championship rings awarded, Cavalier employee championship rings will be a commodity item within a couple of years.

Please remember I buy championship rings! If you would like to sell your championship ring and want complete privacy about the transaction, please contact me.

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At First This Championship Ring Seemed Like A Good Deal…

December 15, 2016

When I originally saw this eBay listing for a Patriots AFC championship ring, I thought I had found a potential positive new blog post. I was wrong:

Patriots AFC championship ring

Wow, $2,999.99 for a front office, player-size AFC Patriots championship ring; now that’s a good deal to write about. That was my initial reaction to seeing this offering. Then a curious thing happened.

I read the auction details and realized the seller went through a lot of time and trouble to carefully craft a listing boasting certain strong selling points for buying his championship ring. Those selling points were 100% accurate. However, when it came time for two of the most important criteria points in helping to determine the value of his championship ring offering, he completely skated around an accurate description.

That two important issues were if the ring was made of solid yellow gold, or if it was gold filled, or man-made material. Gold filled or a man-made material would drastically reduce the value of his championship ring. The second missing omission was if his championship ring contained real diamonds or worthless imitation diamonds. The players, coaches, and executive staff received a solid gold and real diamond version, yet, ebay seller Collectorsattic carefully avoided in his description if the offered championship ring contained real gold or real diamonds.

Below, is an excerpt from his listing, word-for-word, and you can see how he kind-of alludes that his ring contains gold and diamonds:

NOTE: This ring is 100 % authentic, as it is definitely not one of those replica, fake, “knock-offs”, or copies, etc., that you see on eBay! Those rings that are popping-up on the internet are not the correct weight …….nor, the right measurements …….and the font & size of lettering is way off!!! They are usually, not even 10K gold.

There are no refunds unless damage, lost, or stolen in shipping. All rings / pendants are thoroughly checked before being listed for gold content, and for genuine diamonds. This auction is for (1) item, and the actual ring or pendant you will be receiving is pictured above, and in-stock!

I emailed the seller and asked for clarification on if the ring was made of solid gold and real diamonds and if the championship ring came with papers from the original owner that proved he sold the ring. I was equally dismayed with his reply to me.

He wrote back… “The ring is marked LGB GTC and has cz’s I don’t have any paperwork from the original owner. I have had the ring for over 15 years, which was before I starts [sic] having the owners sign a letter.

Again, the seller tried to circumvent the shortcomings of the championship ring by not specifically stating what the ring is made of and he could not even bring himself to say non diamonds. Hoping to fool a potential buyer he sent me back gibberish that he thought I would misinterpret to mean gold and some kind of diamonds.

Just for the record, LGB stands for a championship ring made by Balfour, and GTC stands for Gold-Tone Celestrium (which is some sort of thin, gold filled, practically worthless metal). CZ’s stand for cubic zirconia’s which look a lot like diamonds but are worthless too.

Shame on Collectorsattic for going to so much trouble to try to find a sucker or someone misinformed.

Be careful when buying championship rings – it’s a jungle out there.

Please remember, I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring, please let me know. We can do a deal in complete privacy, no one will know you sold me your ring.

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Yikes, These Super Bowl Rings Blow!

December 13, 2016

Peddling poor-quality fake championship rings on Twitter, eBay, and other internet locations, is the new norm. Here are two replica Dolphin Super Bowl rings that are grotesque:

Replica Miami Dolphin Super Bowl Rings

The two fake Super Bowl rings shown above, are made in China and hopefully sell for very little money.

They’re not even close to looking like the real Dolphin Super Bowl VII and Super Bowl VIII rings the team earned back in the 1970s. The most glaring defect is the color of the stones behind those fake diamonds. Below is an authentic Super Bowl VIII championship ring with the beautiful Dolphin, team-color matched sapphire stone:

Miami Dolphin Super Bowl VIII Ring

Notice that an authentic Super Bowl ring is like a piece of fine-art, while these two offerings from China look like they should be included as a free prize in a Crackerjack box.

Below are all the Dolphin Championship rings: Two winning Super Bowl rings and their three AFC championship rings from the two seasons they had a Super Bowl appearance but lost the big game.

Miami Dolphins Championship Rings and Super Bowl Rings

Please remember, I buy championship rings, just not replicas. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.

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