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Former Kansas City Royal Reunited With His Stolen 1980 Championship Ring

December 27, 2014


The player was reunited with his 1980 ALCS ring after it went missing 33 years ago.

Kansas City Royal Championship Ring


First baseman Willie Aikens explained that a thief broke into his residence and stole the ALCS ring back in 1981.

Last month, Aikens found the ring at a pawn shop. The owner of the shop wanted $2,500 for the ring (a bargain compared to what the rings get on the open market place).

Aikens said a good pal helped him get back his cherished championship ring.

“I got emotional, tears came out of my eyes and it just put me in another situation with my spiritual life that shows me when we walk in the ways of the Lord that God will bless our lives,” Aikens said.

The Royals lost in the 1980 World Series to the Philadelphia Phillies. The 14K solid gold ring was made by Jostens and is one of a very few baseball ALCS or NLCS rings not to contain one or more diamonds.

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The Championship Rings of the Washington Redskins

December 26, 2014


In a recent tweet, a fan took a picture wearing Joe Jacoby’s Super Bowl rings:

Washington Redskins Championship Rings


The rings shown in the picture are as follows (from Left to Right):

The 1991, Super Bowl XXVI ring, made by Tiffany and Company in 10K solid yellow gold.

The 1983 NFC Championship ring made by Jostens in 10K solid yellow gold (The Redskins lost to the Los Angeles Raiders that year in Super Bowl XVIII).

The 1987 Super Bowl XXII ring, made by Tiffany and Company. The ring is 10K solid yellow gold.

The ring on the far left is Joe Jacoby’s first Super Bowl ring, from Super Bowl XVII. The ring was made by Jostens in 10K solid yellow gold.

Joe Jacoby was one heck of a football player. He was named to the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team, was a 3x Super Bowl Champion, a 4x Pro Bowl player, and was also selected as one of the 70 Greatest Redskins.

Things did not start out well for Jacoby who, after college, was snubbed in the NFL draft. He signed a free agent contract with the Redskins in 1981 and had to claw his way through rookie camp, and training camp.

With teammates, Jeff Bostic, Mark May, George Starke and Russ Grimm, Joe Jacoby was a founding member of the Redskins’ famous “Hogs” offensive
line, which became one of the best offensive lines in football history.

Joe Jacoby was the lead blocker on John Riggins’ famous touchdown run which helped ensure the Redskins’ Super Bowl XVII win over the Miami Dolphins in 1983. In that Super Bowl game, the Redskins set a Super Bowl record for most rushing yards with 276. The Hogs helped the Redskins break that record five years later in Super Bowl XXII, in which the Redskins trampled all over the Broncos with 280 rushing yards en route to the second of the Redskins’ three Super Bowl championships.

Joe Jacoby became an Assistant Football Coach at Shenandoah University in Virginia. He began as a part-time volunteer in 2008 and was later hired as a full-time employee in 2009.

This year, Jacoby was hired as the Offensive Line Coach for Concordia University Chicago.

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Fantasy Championship Ring Sales Spike

December 24, 2014


Websites selling Super Bowl style rings are expecting a surge in sales now that the NFL regular season is wrapping up. It’s that time of year where fantasy leagues crown their champions.

Championship Ring


Ask any athlete – “the ring is the thing” – and now fantasy football league winners can flash some championship bling of their own.

“Putting on the ring’s a great way to shut up your trash-talking friends,” said jeweler Greg Boudakian, 44, who launched the site officialfantasyrings.com last month. “All you have to do is wave your hand.”

There are other site too, such as crownawards.com and cheapchampionshiprings.com. They peddle the hardware for as little as $15.

It’s not just little companies either: Famed championship ring maker Jostens, who has made more Super Bowl rings than any other manufacturer, has jumped in on the fantasy craze with rings starting at $149.

Boudakian, an NYU graduate and fantasy sports player himself, is targeting a higher-end client with three styles of rings that range in price from $295 to $695.

The championship ring can be customized with league name, team name and year. It comes in stainless steel with non precious stones. If you or your league really want to go all out, his rings can be ordered in gold with diamonds for additional money.

Many leagues have abandoned the use of trophies and pennants, Boudakian said, and order rings before the start of a season to hand out at their year-end ceremony. He plans to produce championship rings for fantasy basketball and baseball on his site soon.

“Bobble heads and plastic trophies are for kids,” Boudakian said. “A championship ring is something you can wear with pride.”

I don’t buy fantasy championship rings but am looking to purchase Super Bowl and championship rings. If you want to sell a championship ring please give me a call.


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The Championship Ring From Super Bowl III

December 23, 2014


Continuing my blog series on pairs of rings issued from every Super Bowl, let’s take a look at the championship hardware from Super Bowl III:

Jets Super Bowl III ring


In the almost fifty year history of the Super Bowl, only twice has a team decided to skip awarding a championship ring. Super Bowl III, played in January of 1969 was the first time this occurred.

An apology that this picture contains my website address, but if I don’t mark the photo, other web sites will steal my pictures or worse, ebay sellers making cheap replicas that don’t look as realistic as the real rings will use the photos and claim these pictures are of their championship rings.

Almost all of these photographs are from my personal championship ring collection and many of these rings are extremely rare and seldom (or perhaps never) photographed in pairs from a particular super bowl game. So please understand and excuse my effort to keep the photos from being misused. When I use a common picture found on the internet, I don’t put my website address on the photo.

The ring on the left is the New York Jets Super Bowl III ring, the same style ring spotted on Joe Namath at the Super Bowl 48 coin toss. Made by Balfour, it contained one large diamond and 6 smaller diamonds. The side of the ring had the phrase “Super Bowl” and the score Jets 16, Colts 7. This was the first Super Bowl ring to actually say “Super Bowl” as that name was not coined at the time of the first game between the Packers and Chiefs.

The Super Bowl III ring is extremely rare and highly coveted by championship ring collectors. Very few of these rings have been sold to the public.

Now here is where the story gets very interesting:

The solid gold watch shown on the right is the Baltimore Colts official award from the 1968 season. Notice, it does say “NFL Champions” as the NFL-AFL officially merged two seasons later when new conferences were created and the schedule was changed to allow each team to play every other team during the regular season.

In a tradition that continues to this day, the team that loses the Super Bowl is still recognized as a champion of their respective conference. Before the official merger was completed, the losing ring would contain either “AFL” or “NFL” champions, while the winning Super Bowl team’s ring would have the words “World Champions”. Starting with Super Bowl V and continuing to modern times, the team that loses the Super Bowl earns an “AFC” or “NFC” champions ring.

Now, about the watch:

The Baltimore Colts were heavily favored going into Super Bowl III, and were completely startled by their loss to the Jets.

The team felt that an “NFL Championship” ring would have been a grim reminder of their historic loss and perhaps that was just too much to bear. So the team decided to go with watches.

The watch is a high-end, solid 18K gold piece that contains the player initials (including the middle initial) and their jersey number engraved on the back of the watch.

The watches were made by luxury watch maker, Lucien Piccard. While the watch is extremely rare (only two have hit the auction block), there is not a huge demand for them and they typically sell around $3,000.

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Does a Heisman Trophy Ring Qualify As a “Real” Championship Ring?

December 22, 2014


This is a tough call but in my book, no this is not a legitimate “Championship Ring”, here’s why:


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Heisman Championship Ring


First off, I am not implying that the ring shown above, or any of the Heisman Trophy rings (including the one selling on ebay this week) are fakes or replicas.

Like the Heisman trophy itself, the rings are made by the Herff Jones company. The ring is made of 14K solid yellow gold and contains an assortment of real diamonds.

What I am stating, in my opinion, is that the Heisman Trophy, championship style rings, are not really championship rings and the strongest reason I have is that the majority of these rings were made and given to award winners decades after they won their award. I forget the exact year the rings were designed and created, but I believe it’s been during the last two decades.

The Downtown Athletic Club of New York, has been awarding the Heisman trophy since 1935. When they started to award rings along with one of the most iconic trophies in all of sports, they retroactively made and distributed rings to all the previous winners. If the player had already passed, the ring was given to their family.

Another reason I don’t believe these rings should be considered championship rings, is that players don’t covert the ring. The trophy is amazing (the player gets one and their school gets one). Besides the trophy, there is tremendous prestige in being named the best college player in the country. Can you recall who was the NFL most valuable player 10 years ago? Probably not, but you probably can name the Heisman trophy award winner though. Unlike a Super Bowl ring or a World Series ring, the Heisman Trophy ring is an afterthought.

So, in my opinion no, a Heisman Trophy ring is not a true championship ring, but perhaps other collectors and championship ring enthusiasts see things differently.

What do you think?

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