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National championship rings awarded to UND

October 4, 2016


Here’s a look at the newest Collegiate National Championship Hockey Rings:


University of North Dakota hockey championship rings

University of North Dakota hockey championship rings

University of North Dakota hockey championship rings


The University of North Dakota players, coaches and staff employees received their championship rings during a private ceremony on Wednesday in Grand Forks.

The Engelstad Family Foundation paid for the championship rings, which were designed and manufactured by Jostens.

“We are incredibly grateful for this special gift from the Engelstad family,” UND coach Brad Berry said. “They are so important to our program and to this University and we cherish that relationship. The young men on the ice last season earned these rings, but we also wanted to pay tribute to the championship teams who came before us and laid that foundation of success.”

Each hockey championship ring features the interlocking ND logo on the top, and has eight green emeralds surrounding it. They represent UND’s total of eight hockey national championships.

One side of the championship ring features each player’s name, the trophy and the year, while the other side of the championship ring features a depiction of Ralph Engelstad Arena with all eight championship years above it.

The inside of the championship ring contains the team’s motto, “Believe it. Earn it. Raise it.”

Congratulations to the University of North Dakota, those are gorgeous championship rings.

Please remember, I buy championship rings, so if you would like to do a private deal, please contact me.


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One Of The Most Iconic Super Bowl Ring Photos

October 3, 2016


This picture of William Perry’s Super Bowl XX ring is one of the most well known Championship Ring photos of all time:


William Perry Refrigerator Perry Super Bowl XX ring with half dollar


Whoever thought to show a half-dollar coin with a super bowl ring to demonstrate the finger size, succeeded in getting us to understand and appreciate the huge finger size of William Perry.

Almost every championship ring enthusiast knows that this ring is the largest championship ring ever produced by finger size, (it’s not the largest by number of diamonds or gold weight).

The William Perry Super Bowl XX ring is believed to be around a size 25, although no measuring tool actually exists to confirm it’s true size.

So great is the lore of this championship ring and finger size, Jostens, who made the original Bears 1985 Super Bowl rings produced many “salesman sample” rings in this huge size and allowed reps to show these championship rings to their clients and prospects.

There are quite a few William Perry Jostens Super Bowl XX salesman sample rings in the market place for collectors.

In July of 2015, Heritage Auctions sold what was believed to be Perry’s actual Super Bowl ring for an astonishing $203,150.00.

Very knowledgeable championship ring collectors asked me how the auction house could be so positive that the ring they sold was not a salesman sample that had been converted to a exact player championship ring, by swapping the man-made diamond with a real one and removing the “not for resale” on the inside band?

That’s a good question, and I have no idea how the auction house authenticated the championship ring. The seller and all the other bidders must have felt comfortable with the Super Bowl ring being offered since a bidding war erupted.

Please remember, I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring, please contact me and we can do a deal in private.


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Jostens Isn’t Breaking The Mold On These Championship Rings

September 30, 2016


When Jostens unveiled the Patriots 2003 Super Bowl ring, it was at that time, the largest, most binged out championship ring ever created:


Patriots 2003 Super Bowl Ring


Within a few years, Jostens was reusing this ground-breaking mold to make championship rings for major college programs and even high schools. Pictured below, courtesy of Oliver, our championship ring enthusiast from Canada and frequent contributor, are photographs showing how Jostens has reused this championship ring mold:


(Click picture below for a larger picture)Patriots Super Bowl XXXVIII ring mold


Pictured above, from left to right: the 2007 LSU National championship ring, 2010 Michigan State Spartans Big 10 championship ring, and of course the Patriots Super Bowl XXXVIII ring.

Astute championship ring collectors, have seen championship high school rings using the same mold too, as they rarely, but occasionally wind up for sale on eBay.

Before you ask how can a High School or College program can afford such expensive championship rings, keep in mind that using base white metal, and man-made imitation diamonds can bring the cost of these championship rings down to under $200.00 each in the manufacturing process.

Obviously, due to the memorabilia aspect of a major college football program, a championship ring like the two shown above, will sell on the collectors market, for over $1,000 each, while a player Super Bowl ring could go for $25,000 or more.

While the Super Bowl XXXVIII championship ring was groundbreaking, it’s title as the largest Super Bowl ring every produced didn’t last long. The following season, the Patriots debuted their Super Bowl XXXIX ring and it was even larger!

That championship ring mold too, has been reused for collegiate and high school championship rings.

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


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Cavaliers Will Award Over 1,000 Championship Rings

September 29, 2016


Here’s a view of the Cavaliers 2015-2016 Championship ring:


Cleveland Cavaliers 2015-2016 championship ring


When the Cleveland Cavaliers receive their championship rings on their opening game night, the players, coaches and corporate executives won’t be the only ones receiving Cleveland’s first championship ring since 1964.

Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, reports that team owner Dan Gilbert will give over 1,000 championship rings to full and part-time employees. These employees include those who work for the Cavs and/or Quicken Loans Arena.

Many of those championship rings, won’t contain real diamonds like the players version; buy hey, it’s a real championship ring.

This generous gesture is not unprecedented; when the New York Yankees won the World Series in 2009, they too provided hundreds of World Series rings to staff and they too, included part-time employees.

If you would like a Cavaliers championship ring that’s authentic and not a knockoff from China, I’m sure some employees will make them available in the coming months on eBay.

Please remember, I buy championship rings (player size only), so if you want to do a private deal, I’ll buy your championship ring.


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Syracuse 1959 National Championship Ring At Auction

September 28, 2016


It’s a rare opportunity to acquire a player championship ring from a very special football team:


1959 Syracuse football championship ring


Lelands, a well known sports memorabilia company will be auctioning Gene Grabosky’s 1959 National championship ring in October.

Grabosky, was a defensive tackle for the Orangemen and a senior on that team. Having been born in upstate New York, Grabosky stayed local during his football career. After graduating near-by Syracuse, he played one season with the AFL’s Buffalo Bills (also located in upstate New York. He died in 2001.

The starting bid on his championship ring is only $750, and could very well wind up going for several thousand dollars.

The solid gold championship ring has the iconic “NATIONAL CHAMPIONS” notation, a Syracuse Orangemen inclusion, and some Cotton Bowl mentions too.

The 1959 Syracuse team was a very balanced and talented team. Sophomore (and future Heisman award winner) Ernie Davis was the star of the offense, compiling 686 yards, and averaging a very impressive 7 yards per carry). Three more players rushed for at least 500 yards,and seven more rushed for at least 115 yards while five finished with at least 100 receiving yards. No wonder the team ended up with a national title, and a championship ring (shown above).

As you know by now, 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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