December 20, 2014

Continuing the new blog series on the pair of rings issued from every Super Bowl, let’s take a look at the championship rings from Super Bowl II:

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As already mentioned in the first blog, championship rings awarded by teams of the National Football League and American Football League started way before Super Bowl I.

I’m not sure when I will finish this series; because news stories about championship rings emerge frequently, and great pictures show up on Twitter all the time. And who knows what else will temporarily interrupt this theme, probably several times a week, but I promise, we will get to all 48 Super Bowl Championship rings sooner or later.

I need to apologize that this photograph contains my website address, but if I don’t do this, other web sites will steal my photos or worse, ebay sellers making cheap replicas that don’t look as realistic as the real rings will use the photos and claim these are their championship rings.

Almost all of these photographs are from my private 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 excuse my effort to keep the photos from being misused. When I use a common picture, I don’t put my website address on the photo.

The ring on the left is the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl II ring. Made by Jostens, it contained three large diamonds. Vince Lombardi and the team felt this was not their second NFL-AFL title championship, they felt it was their third world championship (the name Super Bowl would come in a few years).

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

The ring shown on the right is the Oakland Raiders 1967 AFL Championship ring. In a tradition that continues today, the team that loses the Super Bowl is still recognized as a champion of their respective conference. What’s amazing about the Oakland Raiders ring is that it’s style of white gold, a black Onyx stone, and white diamonds (representing their silver and black team colors) has changed very little in the five decades that the team has been earning championship rings.

Before the official merger in the late 1960s 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.

The Oakland Raiders 1967 AFL Championship Ring was made by a company, named John Roberts. John Roberts made very few championship rings. This championship ring is extremely rare too, and very few have ever been sold. Because they are not as sought-after as the Packers ring, they would sell for substantially less than the Packers Super Bowl II ring.

Remember that I buy super bowl rings and I buy championship rings. Please contact me if you have a championship ring you would like to sell.

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