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Say What? A Yankee fan finds and returns a Red Sox World Series Ring

July 28, 2014

This lost Red Sox World Series ring is back on the finger of its owner, thanks to an honest New York Yankees fan.

Boston Red Sox 2013 World Series Championship Ring

Manhattan restaurant owner Luigi Militello found the beautiful 2013 World Series championship ring on the sink at his Luke’s Bar and Grill on Thursday evening.

It was the real thing, with diamonds and sapphires and rubies, set in 14-carat white gold, with the Red Sox emblem, a Boston Strong logo and an image of the team’s bearded ballplayers.

“I was like, geez, it’s big. Who would leave this here?” Militello told The Associated Press. “I’m a big Yankee fan. What are the chances of this happening?”

Drew Weber had dined at the restaurant earlier, it’s one of his favorite spots. He’s a New York businessman and also owns the Lowell Spinners, a thriving Red Sox Class A minor league team in Massachusetts.

Big league teams often reward executives throughout their organization with World Series rings. The Red Sox haven’t put a value on these pieces of jewelry — the rings they presented for winning the 2004 crown were worth about $30,000.

Weber said this was the first time he’d worn the ring outside.

“I went looking around my apartment and started having palpitations. Sweat was pouring off my forehead,” he told the AP. “I’m looking at my finger and it’s not there.”

Hoping against hope, Weber called Luke’s after midnight. Militello answered the phone and said, yep, he had the ring.

“But this being Yankees-Red Sox, I started razzing him. I told him he wasn’t getting it so easily. I was playing with him, a lot,” Militello said.

Said Weber: “I was like, ‘Who am I dealing with?’”

They quickly put aside their rooting interests, met the next day at the restaurant, returned the ring and spent 25 minutes talking baseball.

Militello was insistent that he wouldn’t accept any money. He tried to persuade Weber to call into a local sports radio show and disparage the Red Sox, but that didn’t work.

Instead, Weber and the Red Sox have invited Militello to make his first trip to Fenway Park for the regular-season finale on Sept. 28. That’s also scheduled to be the final game for retiring Yankees star Derek Jeter.

“Going for his send-off, that’s pretty great,” Militello said.

“He asked if he could wear his Yankees paraphernalia,” Weber said. “I couldn’t answer him.”

Weber also is making a contribution to a charity Militello chose that helps relief efforts for Superstorm Sandy damage on Fire Island.

Militello is enjoying the benefits from his find — he posted a picture of himself wearing the ring and enjoyed telling his story, to friends and to Scott Mandel, who runs the website that covers sports in New York and beyond.

Weber also liked how things turned out. He met a new pal, and now feels a little wiser, too.

“The ring and Drew Weber have learned their lesson,” he said. “That ring is going on no more road trips.”

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Jim Brown’s 1964 NFL Championship Ring Pulled From Auction

July 26, 2014

Legendary Browns running back, Jim Brown’s 1964 Championship ring has been PULLED OFF THE AUCTION BLOCK amid allegations the ring was stolen from him in the 1960′s.

Jim Brown 1964 Championship Ring

Earlier in the week, Jim Brown sued Lelands Collectibles in the hopes of getting his 1964 NFL Championship ring back. Brown does NOT accuse the auction house of having anything to do with the original alleged theft.

Lelands claims the ring was obtained legally after Brown gifted the item to a family member decades ago.

The auction house was expecting to rake in more than $250,000 from the ring, but now, after Brown filed the lawsuit, they have pulled the item from their auction.

Sources have revealed that Lelands was not ordered to stop the auction but felt the move was in their best interest.

Lelands has previously said they’re open to working out a deal with Brown outside the courtroom — though it’s unclear if the two sides are currently in talks.

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The Championship Rings of the Raiders

July 25, 2014

No professional sports team has gone through such an effort and discipline over a thirty-five year period to match their championship rings in the same style, size, and consistency as the Raiders.

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Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Raiders Super Bowl rings

Bet you never heard the words “Raiders” and “Discipline” in the same sentence before.

That’s the best way to describe the consistency of the Oakland / Los Angeles Raiders Championship rings. Their two AFC Championship rings follow the same standard, especially their last ring pictured on the far right.

Notice each of the five championship rings shown above are made of white gold, and with the exception of the 1967 AFL championship ring on the far left, contains five small diamonds on each side of the top, and diamonds in the center of the top. Each ring has a black onyx stone, and four of the rive rings are roughly the same size (what other professional team can say that?)

Here’s a little more information on each ring:

On the far left is the Oakland Raiders 1967 AFL championship ring. It was made by “John Roberts”, a jewelry company that was later sold to Balfour. Even though the company was sold to Balfour, somehow, Jostens acquired the rights to these Oakland Raider rings and is responsible to this day, to repair or remanufacture this ring. These rings are made of 14K solid white gold and contains a black onyx stone. This color configuration and 14K white gold characteristic, started in 1967 can be found on every single Raider championship ring that followed.

The Oakland Raiders superbowl XI ring is pictured second from the left. The ring was made in 14K solid white gold by a company called Lenox. Years later, Lenox was acquired by Jostens and when counting super bowl rings produced, Jostens counts this and the other two Raider super bowl rings as part of their ring manufacturing history. Jostens offers a lifetime warranty on their championship rings and has been repairing and servicing these Lenox rings for years. The ring is approximately 43 grams in weight.

In the center is the Oakland Raiders second super bowl championship ring from Super Bowl XV. The ring is made by Lenox in 14K white gold. You can see that the one large centered diamond featured in the superbowl XI ring has been replaced in the Super Bowl XV ring by two diamonds to designate their 2nd Super Bowl Championship. The ring is about 44 grams in weight.

The third and last Super Bowl Championship ring is from the team’s days in Los Angeles. Shown second from the right, this solid white gold 14K ring was also made by Lenox. This is one of the coolest superbowl rings ever produced because of the three football shaped diamond patterns on the ring. When seen in person, the design is very eye-catching. Each of the three football shaped patterns consist of two small diamonds and a larger center diamond. The three footballs represent the team’s third super bowl championship. The ring weighs 46 grams.

The ring on the far right is their latest championship ring – from the 2002 season. Ring enthusiasts love when football championship rings are comprised of football shape diamonds and patterns to represent championships. The first ring to do this was the Super Bowl XVIII ring shown above. The next was the Bills when they went to their fourth consecutive super bowl (losing all four), and the last ring to do this, with an eye-catching 5 marquis diamonds is this ring. The five diamonds represent five championships and five super bowl appearances. The ring is made of 14K solid white gold and is made by Jostens.

Another cool feature of the 2002 AFC Championship ring (and also highlighted on the wood presentation box), is a nod to their championships and super bowl appearances spanning 4 different decades (the 60′s, 70′s, 80′s and 2000′s). To honor this achievement both the ring and box use the term “Team of the decades”.

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Jim Brown sues Auction House to reclaim NFL championship ring he says was stolen

July 24, 2014

Hall of Fame football legend Jim Brown is suing an auction house to retrieve his Cleveland Browns 1964 NFL championship ring shown below.

Jim Brown and his Cleveland 1964 NFL Championship Ring

Brown claims that the ring being auctioned was stolen from him.

The 78-year-old former running back filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Manhattan federal court against and Lelands Collectibles Inc.

The lawsuit seeks to halt the sale of the ring in an online auction that ends Friday. It also seeks unspecified damages over broadcast remarks that Lelands’ founder, Joshua Evans, made about Mr. Brown.

Evans said Wednesday that Brown’s claims “are entirely without merit and we intend to vigorously defend against them.”

According to the lawsuit and Mr. Brown, the ring was stolen from his Cleveland home in the late 1960s and the robbery was reported to police.

The lawsuit also accuses Evans of making statements in print and broadcast interviews in recent weeks that implied Brown has diminished mental capacity as a result of taking thousands of hits as a football player. On at least one broadcast, though, Evans could be heard describing Brown as the greatest football player of all time and saying Brown was aware that a family member had sold the ring in the 1990s.

The lawsuit said the ring is priceless to the former Cleveland Browns player. The highest bid was $58,948 Wednesday afternoon.

Evans said Lelands’ position is the paperwork over the ownership of the ring is “indisputable” and anyone who bought it would get a 100 percent guarantee.

Brown, who works as a Cleveland Browns special adviser, rushed for 12,312 yards and scored 106 touchdowns in his nine NFL seasons before retiring at the peak of his career in 1965. In 1964, he rushed for 1,446 yards and scored seven touchdowns as the Browns won the NFL Championship. That’s the last championship for any major Cleveland sports franchise.

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Phil Jackson Gladly Shows a Twitter Follower All 13 of His NBA Championship Rings When Asked To See Two

July 23, 2014

The Legendary coach shows a Twitter follower all of his bling, earned as a Coach and player by posting this photo:

Phil Jackson and his 13 NBA championship rings

Six of the rings were earned coaching the Chicago Bulls and five are from his coaching days with the Los Angeles Lakers. The two on the bottom are from his playing days as a defensive-minded reserve forward on the 1970 and 1973 New York Knicks teams.

Notice how organized Phil is with his rings: each era of his career is neatly arranged and the rings are sorted in chronological order.

For many NBA types, rings won as a player would represent the pinnacle of achievement in the sport; however in Jackson’s case, though, they serve as sort of a precursor and accent mark to the story of his later coaching accomplishments. As such — and also because they aren’t quite as flashy as what came later — it seems like we don’t often see Jackson sporting the rings he won during his playing career.

One Twitter follower named Sean, wondered what they looked like:

Phil Jackson and his 13 NBA championship rings

Jackson, who has immersed himself wholeheartedly into social media, was happy to oblige, and did so in a funny sort-of-way:

“here’s the best I can do…the 2 Knick rings are in the front of the picture,” Jackson tweeted.

Looks like Sean and the rest of Phil’s followers received a wonderful photo – and as usual with Phil – more than was asked for.

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