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The Biggest Super Bowl Rings Ever!

June 28, 2016


This weekend I acquired the largest Super Bowl ring ever – the Patriots 2014 championship ring shown in the center below:

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The Patriots Superbowl XLIX ring is a whopper – larger than the other winning Super Bowl rings it’s pictured with.

Other than the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII from 2013, shown above left, the championship rings pictured, are the largest Super Bowl rings ever made.

The Packers, Ravens, Steelers ring, and the Patriots Super Bowl ring on the far right are larger than just about all of the Super Bowl rings not pictured, that’s why they are featured in the photo.

The first Super Bowl ring, back from 1966 weighed in at 40 grams of solid gold. Each of the championship rings above, except for the Seahawks ring and Ravens ring, all weigh 100 grams or more. That means these championship rings are 2.5 times heavier than the Packers Super Bowl I ring!

Each of these massive Super Bowl rings were made by Jostens, except for the Seahawks ring which was designed and crafted by Tiffany and Company. Incidentally, the Seahawks ring weighs in at 73.58 grams.

Also of note, the most massive ring shown (ie heaviest) is the Packers Super Bowl XLV ring – weighing in at a jaw dropping 110 grams. It’s 10 grams heavier than the Patriots 2014 Super Bowl ring because it’s made of Platinum which is about 15-20 heavier than 10k gold which the Patriots ring is comprised of.

Finally obtaining a Patriots player 2014 Super Bowl ring was an amazing experience, and you can’t appreciate how big the ring truly is until you hold it and try it on. All of the rings above, even the Seahawks championship ring have become so large and heavy that they are completely uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. That kind of defeats the purpose of owing a championship ring.

Please remember, I buy championship rings at a moment’s notice. If you would like to discuss selling your championship ring in privacy, please contact me.


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Whitey Bulger’s Items Get $100,000 Including a Replica Championship Ring

June 27, 2016


Former mob boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s personal property – including a replica Stanley Cur Championship ring sold, for more than $100,000 on Saturday at auction.


Whitey Bulger Montreal Canadians Replica Stanley Cup Championship ring


The lots included many unusual things including items he was wearing when he was caught. Perhaps the most unusual lot was a man-shaped punching bag that sold for $4,900.

All the items at the auction had been seized by the US Marshals Service. Bulger, 86 years old was responsible for 11 murders that took place while he was running the Boston mob from 1979-1994. Bulger was captured and arrested in California, in 2011.

The replica Montreal Canadians Stanley Cup ring sold for $9,100. The championship ring contains 23 real diamonds and an inscription inside that says “Thanks Jim, Love Chris & Karen,” referring to NHL player Chris Nilan and his wife Karen Stanley. Karen Stanley was the daughter of a former Bulger longtime companion Teresa Stanley.

Bulger fought to get his replica championship ring back, however, the government went ahead and sold the item.

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


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A Super Bowl Ring For Sale With a Lot of Questions

June 25, 2016


A “Mean Joe Greene” Super Bowl IX Ring is coming to auction. Here’s what you should know:


Mean Joe Greene Steelers Super Bowl IX ring


In speaking with other championship ring enthusiasts, we pretty much have the same consensus: There are many Super Bowl rings and championship rings belonging to star athletes that we would be very hesitant to purchase.

Want to sell me the actual championship ring presented to Joe Namath, Johnny Unitas, Tom Brady or Reggie Jackson? Thanks but I’ll pass. So will a lot of other championship ring collectors in the know.

Why?

Because all the names mentioned above and their championship rings have been made dozens of times by the ring manufacturers. Exact duplicates of those championship rings have been minted as “Salesman Sample” rings and given to ring representatives to show off the company’s offerings.

Many Joe Greene Super Bowl rings have sold through the years to championship ring collectors and Steeler fans.

All it would take is for someone to have a jeweler replace the fake diamond with a real diamond, and buff out the “not for resale” wording inside the ring, and you have a championship ring that looks 100% authentic. The buyer who does not spend any time researching championship rings can get fooled and spend big-bucks getting a salesman sample tuned into a real Super Bowl ring with an unsubstantiated story.

Furthermore, in all the years I have spent researching Super Bowl rings, I have never seen the accompanying presentation box. And it looks brand new for a box that’s supposed to be 40 years old! Using modern technology, anyone can download a Super Bowl logo, set up a jpg or pdf file, and have an engraver make that box.

Please note, I’m not accusing the auction house of doing anything wrong. The sad thing is these auction houses get consignments and are often handed a b.s. story from the consigner.

While this Joe Greene super bowl ring looks authentic and is certainly made by Jostens, it’s possible that it could have started out as a salesman sample.

The auction house did specifically state that this is a second Super Bowl ring and Joe has his original. It is highly unusual that the Steelers and/or Jostens would make Joe Greene a second ring. If they did this, then championship ring collectors would be seeing championship rings constantly for sale from fathers, sons, brothers, and best friends. Yet we almost never see duplicate rings come up for sale.

This championship ring has zero paperwork from Joe Greene himself, stating the ring was acquired from Jostens and was a gift to someone (as mentioned in the auction). Joe Greene can be easily contacted, he works for the Steelers, and could help validate this story. By the way, Joe is one of the few people around who can boast that he has all six Steeler Super Bowl rings.

Please remember I buy championship rings. Want to sell your championship ring privately? Please contact me.


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Let’s Hope This Is Not A New Trend In College Championship Rings

June 24, 2016


Florida State awarded this championship ring celebrating its self-proclaimed “Florida State Championship” and a losing Peach Bowl appearance:


2015 Florida State FSU Fotoball Championship ring


Basically, Florida State made up it’s own reason and award to hand out 2015 championship rings to their players.

Why? Probably because the gorgeous championship rings help in recruiting new top high school player prospects.

FSU has been a very successful college football program. 2015 was the first season Florida State did not win the ACC since 2011. 2015 ended their streak of three straight conference titles. Without the title, FSU didn’t make it to the College Football Playoffs and instead, were invited to the Peach Bowl, where they were defeated by Houston 38-24.

So, this means that clearly, Florida State didn’t have a real reason to award its players championship rings to celebrate some kind of championship, and the University basically made something up.

While Florida State didn’t win the ACC, or the Peach Bowl, it did manage to defeat USF, Miami and Florida during the regular season. So with that 3-0 football record against schools from Florida, FSU is celebrating their self-proclaimed “Florida State Championship”.

Still think this championship ring is valid and a good idea? What about UCF, FAU and FIU? Florida State did not play those teams yet awarded themselves the championship ring shown above.

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


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These NBA Championship Rings Are Different!

June 23, 2016


If you tire of seeing the same style championship rings over and over, here are three NBA championship rings that break the mold (pun intended):


NBA Championship Rings


None of these three championship rings display the Larry O’brien trophy on the top of the ring and the middle and right rings have unusual shapes not commonly found on championship rings.

From left to right: The Dallas Mavericks 2011 Championship ring, the Chicago Bulls 1993 Championship ring, and the Golden State Warriors NBA Championship ring from 2015.

The three championship rings are probably salesman samples: The Maverick ring sample is Dirk Nowitzki’s, while we can assume the Bulls ring is Michael Jodan’s, the finally the #30 shown on the Warriors ring belongs to Steph Curry.

The most unusual shape and style goes to the Bulls, hands down on their 1993 Championship Ring.

Please remember, I buy championship rings, (just not salesman samples) so if you would like to do a private deal and sell your championship rings, please get in touch with me.


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