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What would you pay for Satchel Paige’s Hall of Fame ring?

June 26, 2015

Satchel Paige’s, Hall of Fame championship ring is coming to auction. The historic ring is a key item of the July 17, Lelands’ auction.

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Picture of Satchel Paige Hall of Fame ring

The starting bid for the Hall of Fame ring is $25,000.

Paige was awarded the championship ring when he became the first player from the Negro Leagues to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971. Paige reached Major League Baseball in 1948; only a year behind Jackie Robinson, but by that time he was 42 years old.   Still a great pitcher at that age, he was selected for two All-Star Games.

Paige’s ability during his many years in the Negro leagues are legendary and are backed up by testimonials from Major Leaguers who played against Paige on barnstorming tours. Joe DiMaggio called Paige “the best I’ve ever faced, and the fastest.” Dizzy Dean said: “My fastball looks like a change of pace alongside that pistol bullet ol’ Satch shoots up to the plate. If Satch and me were pitching on the same team, we’d clinch the pennant by the Fourth of July and go fishing until World Series time.”

For championship ring collectors, here’s a fascinating fact about this ring: At one time, Paige headlined a barnstorming team that played against a team with Bob Feller. It was through Feller that Lelands got this historic ring.   Lelands reported the championship ring was part of a collection of Satchel Paige memorabilia obtained by Feller and an associate in the 1980s.

“The story we were told by the Feller group was that it was lost to a friend of Satchel’s,” said a Lelands press release on the ring.

Here’s a lesson why championship ring collectors have to be so careful when shelling out big bucks for rings: Lelands said another Hall of Fame ring was recently auctioned by the Paige family for $259,642.   That ring is thought to be the replacement, but no one is exactly sure.   “Based on the level of wear and the source, this is likely the first one Paige was given,” Lelands said of the ring being auctioned in July.

Does two Satchel Paige Hall of Fame rings hurt the value of each championship ring?

Time will tell.

Please remember, I buy championship rings, so if you have one you would like to sell, please reach out to me.

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Here’s the Championship Ring Michael Strahan Received At Halftime of the Giants Game

November 4, 2014

Michael Strahan and the rest of the 2014 class received championship style rings to commemorate their Pro Football Hall of Fame induction:

Pro Football Hall of Fame Ring

The legendary defensive end and now a media darling, received his Hall of Fame championship ring during the Giants’ Monday Night Football matchup with the Indianapolis Colts.

The presentation went better than the game as the Giants lost to Andrew Luck and the Colts, 40 – 24.

Strahan, is the Giants all-time leader in sacks, having accumulated 141.5 of them. He was inducted into the Hall this summer.

Here are some details about the Hall of Fame Championship Ring:

• The diamonds total 1.75 carats
• It is built around a blue gemstone
• Each inductee has a special engraving on the inside of their ring
• The ring is provided by Kay Jewelers

The Pro Football Hall of Fame championship ring has recently gone through a big upgrade. Older rings were not as large and did not contain diamonds. In a controversial move, the Hall of Fame has offered previous Hall of Fame inductees the chance to purchase   the new style championship rings.

Perhaps the NFL or Hall of Fame should have just presented the new style championship rings to the legends who helped to build the NFL and football into what its become today.

Among those that presented the ring to Strahan were fellow Hall of Fame legends, Frank Gifford, Lawrence Taylor and Harry Carson.

They weren’t the only Giants in attendance, around 100 former Giants were at MetLife Stadium, including approximately 40 of Strahan’s former teammates.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Derrick Brooks to Receive Hall of Fame Ring

September 13, 2014

Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks will be awarded his Hall of Fame Championship Ring during the Buccaneers Week 2 game against the St. Louis Rams.


Brooks, who will also be inducted into the Buccaneers Ring of Honor and have his No. 55 officially retired that day, gets his Hall of Fame Ring from Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker during a special halftime ceremony (Baker, is the former commissioner of the Arena Football league and has a son that plays in the NFL).

The Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence, was created by NFL sponsor, Kay® Jewelers. The Hall of Fame ring is one of three iconic symbols that represent the elite status of being a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Brooks received his Hall of Fame Gold Jacket on the eve of his enshrinement in Canton, and unveiled his Bronzed Bust during the Enshrinement Ceremony. All three symbols will be displayed during the ring presentation on Sunday afternoon. He will wear his Hall of Fame Gold Jacket and his Bronzed Bust will be temporarily removed from the Hall of Fame and shipped to Tampa for the Ring of Excellence ceremony.

“We are thrilled to be the Official Jewelry Store of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and honored to provide Derrick with his Ring of Excellence,” said Ed Hrabak, President, Kay® Jewelers. “Derrick’s Ring of Excellence reflects the incredible achievement of enshrinement while also celebrating his unique career. The ring features intricate detail and state-of-the-art craftsmanship, from the “stadium effect” created by the outer diamonds to completely customized sides featuring his name, years in the league, position and even an engraving of his Hall of Fame bust.”

Brooks was enshrined into the Hall of Fame in August along with Ray Guy, Claude Humphrey, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan, and Aeneas Williams. He became the third member of the Buccaneers franchise to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, preceded by Lee Roy Selmon (1995) and Warren Sapp (2013). Brooks is the 24th linebacker to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Derrick Brooks was drafted as the 28th player overall in the 1995 NFL Draft and quickly established himself as a team leader who helped transform a once poor defense into one of the most dominant defensive teams of his era.

Brooks was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2002, the same season in which the Bucs captured their first and only Super Bowl title.

Brooks was an 11-time Pro Bowl pick, and was named All-Pro six times and selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

Brooks reflected on his career and life during his enshrinement speech in August: “Now to talk about who I am, the man Derrick Brooks that stands before you as a servant leader. As I said before, as a servant leader I just want to do the best I can to make something better than it is when I come in touch with it,” he stated during his speech.

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Cris Carter receives HOF ring at Skins-Vikings game

November 9, 2013

An official from the Pro Football Hall of Fame opened the large black box, took out the enormous ring given to those inducted and handed it to Cris Carter. The former Minnesota Vikings great put it on his finger and took a long look at it.

Cris Carter and his 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Ring

“I thought I was going to come back to Minnesota for one ring, and I thought that was going to be a Super Bowl ring,” Carter said Thursday night before the Vikings faced the Washington Redskins. “It’s my greatest disappointment. But to come here today to receive my Hall of Fame ring, I still want to come back one day and have a parade and see them get a championship ring. That’s absolutely my wish.”

Carter returned to Minnesota to be honored at halftime with a ceremony presenting him with the ring. He said he’s not a sentimental person, but it was clear that he still holds a strong connection to the franchise, and the state, that took him in during a dark period in his life and helped turn him into a star.

After being cast aside by the Philadelphia Eagles due in large part to his struggles with drugs, Carter turned his life and his career around in Minnesota. With one of the best pair of hands that the game has ever seen, Carter helped remake the Vikings into a highly entertaining, and pretty successful, franchise in the 1990s. He teamed with Jake Reed and Randy Moss to give the Vikings one of the top receiver trios in the league and led the team to two NFC championship games.

When he retired in 2002, he was second only to Jerry Rice in career touchdowns and receptions. After missing the Hall of Fame cut five times, Carter was finally inducted in August. He was a fan favorite in 12 seasons here, and he was eagerly awaiting a cheer from Vikings fans one more time.

“People spent their hard earned money to watch me play,” Carter said. “I want to tell them thank you for that. I didn’t come from a whole bunch so I appreciate that. When a family decides to come to the Metrodome to watch me play, I plan on giving them their money’s worth so for me, that’s what I’m here for. To tell the fans, thank you.”

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Bill Parcells to get Hall of Fame ring at halftime of Broncos-Giants game

September 11, 2013

Sunday’s Giants-Broncos showdown at MetLife Stadium will be another installment of the “Manning Bowl” and is the Giants’ first home game of the season. There’s something else special about it too.

Bill Parcells New York Giants coach, Hall of Fame Ring

Bill Parcells will be in attendance, and receive his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring during a special halftime ceremony. The five other living Giants who are also enshrined in Canton – Frank Gifford, Sam Huff, Harry Carson, Lawrence Taylor and Y.A. Tittle – will also be there for the ceremony.

“I feel fortunate to be among the very few,” Parcells told WFAN, when asked about being in the Hall of Fame.

Parcells coached the Giants from 1983-1990 and led the team to two Super Bowl victories. Later he coached the Jets, Patriots and Cowboys, and he’s the only coach in NFL history to lead four different teams into the playoffs. He also served as a front office executive for the Jets and Dolphins.

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