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Displaying Championship Rings – Part 2

November 26, 2014


A reader wrote to me after last week’s story on championship ring displays. He asked for some suggestions to showcase championship rings. Here’s more of what I do:

championship ring display case


The photo above shows championship rings housed and protected in a high quality Acrylic Display Case. Acrylic cases are great ways for a sports memorabilia collectors to display many types of items. They are as clear as glass and come in all types of styles and sizes.

Some companies will even build displays to your exact specifications. Unlike cheap plastic displays from many years ago, these promise not to yellow over time (although they are easily scratched so try to keep them away from young children).

The home-plate design was originally made to display baseballs. The numerous ball holders are well designed, and will hold championship rings. As your collection grows, and you have too many championship rings, you can put them in-between the holders and create a multi-level effect that’s pleasing to the eye.

While my case locks, it would not offer any real protection from a thief. So the first thing I recommend is that your valuable championship rings should be kept in the large vault found at commercial banks. I take a lot of photos of the rings so I don’t feel the need to keep them around the house where they could get destroyed by fire or lost by theft. I recommend this to anyone buying championship rings.

I do keep minor league, some college football, and replica championship rings around and because of their low value, I don’t mind displaying them. I also like to display replica super bowl rings. As long as these rings stay locked in their display, they continue to look great, even after years of ownership.

While Acrylic is great for displaying championship rings, the thin shelving may sag in the middle over time due to too much weight. I would recommend staying away from acrylic shelves with long, unsupported spans. The home-plate shape is great because there are no long spans and after a few years use, the shelves have not sagged. I would also recommend a mirror behind the shelves to really show off the rings and last, a locking device.

These cases can be found at memorabilia shows or on the internet.

Please do share your display pictures, and if you give permission, I will show it on this blog.

Please know that if decide you want to sell a Championship ring (especially if you want to sell Super Bowl rings or the conference championship rings) I buy championship rings.


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Ottis Anderson, The Modified Super Bowl Ring, and a Photobomb All Together!

November 22, 2014


I blogged only a few days ago about Ottis Anderson and his modified Giants Super Bowl XXI ring, and in another blog, discussed recent Photobombs. Look at the photo that just appeared on Twitter!

New York Giant Super Bowl Rings


A couple of days ago (scroll down the page or use the search button on the right) we showed a close up of Bart Oates Giants Super Bowl XXI ring and how he modified it to increase the bling on the ring. I mentioned that his teammate, Ottis Anderson did the same thing to his Super bowl XXI ring.

Here in the photograph you can see New York Giants fan Natalie, modeling the modified super bowl XXI ring.

And, we can classify Natalie’s tweet as another Super Bowl ring photobomb!

My advise to those lucky fans who get to wear championship rings with the players who won them, and then post it on twitter – please be sure to identify the ring properly. Natalie tweets that she’s wearing Ottis Anderson’s Super Bowl XXV ring, when in fact she is wearing the Super Bowl XXI ring.

Perhaps she slipped because she really wanted to wear the Super Bowl XXV ring – Ottis was named MVP of Super Bowl XXV and the NFL Films story of him and that super bowl game is absolutely must-watch television.

Another theory is perhaps Natalie, like the rest of us, is a hard-core fan of super bowl rings and championship rings and just got confused since the Super Bowl XXI ring she is wearing was so heavily modified.

Please remember, if you want to sell any championship rings, I will buy them. My favorite, thing to buy is Super bowl rings (and I buy AFC/NFC championship rings too).


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While I Love Every Super Bowl Ring, This One, I Adore a Little Less

November 14, 2014


Whether you are a championship ring collector, or just an admirer of these amazing spectacles, not every championship ring can be considered amazing. In my humble opinion, the Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XLIII ring, is just a little off the mark.

Super Bowl XLIII Ring


Don’t get me wrong, I still like this ring and still want one in my collection. I would buy this Super Bowl ring in a second, so if you are selling this Superbowl ring or any other championship ring, please contact me.

However, when compared to the 47 other Super Bowl rings, this one, in my opinion leaves a little to be desired.

First off, if you are a fan of huge championship rings with a lot of bling, you will have no issue with this ring. It is a massive Super Bowl ring, weighing in at a whopping 104 grams! The ring was made by Jostens and contains 6 large diamonds, representing the six Super Bowl championships the team has won. Currently they hold the honor of having won more Super Bowl championships than any other team.

The shanks are nice too, although they look a little “stretched” due to their massive size of the ring.

Here’s where the ring went wrong:

The 6 large diamonds are supposed to enhance the ring and stand out. In my opinion this championship ring looks like modern art (I don’t get modern art either). The diamonds are lost in a strange and random-looking maze smaller-diamond patterns.

Next, Jostens tried to include three colored stones to match the teams logo. They failed miserably as two of the colors (the blue and red) are way off, and add to the mish-mosh on top of the ring.

I’m not sure why, but the Steelers seemed to be Championship-ring challenged over the last 14 years. First they make a great Super Bowl XL ring, but make it way too small. That annoyed a lot of players, so after a lot of complaining about that ring, the team made up for the small ring three seasons later with this huge super bowl ring.

Next, two years later, when losing to the Packers in Super Bowl XLV, instead of getting a “Super Bowl losing” ring like every team since the 1968 Colts, they broke a 40-something year tradition and requested a diamond-studded watch instead.

One last thing that just is not right about this ring: In all my years collecting championship rings, I have never seen the practice squad players receive a ring that was not the same as team members. All players are considered part of the “team” and in their own ways, each player that is assigned a jersey number represents the team as a player and is awarded a Championship Ring. These championship rings should be the same size and gold-content for every player.

For the first time ever, practice squad players received a 10K solid gold version of this ring, while players who were not on the practice squad received 14K versions. I’m not sure which version coaches, scouts, or players on injured-reserved received, but why would the Steelers front office do this?

Please remember I buy championship rings and especially love to buy Super Bowl rings. If you are selling a ring give me a call, let’s talk. And please remember, I don’t sell super bowl rings or championship rings.


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Why Did Jostens Make the Same Championship Ring 5 Out of 6 Years?

November 11, 2014


The championship ring group at sportslogos.net recently discussed this topic. No one seems to have an answer:


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Jostens Conference Championship Rings


Was Jostens in a creative funk? Were NFL teams that lost the Super Bowl game disinterested in making a special championship ring and just went with what they were shown?

Perhaps Jostens offered a discount on the rings since they basically had the top mold already made? Or was the championship ring design so perfect and wonderful, that 5 out of 6 teams spanning the 2003 – 2008 seasons chose the same design?

We will probably never know why this anomaly occurred. Most of the time, every super bowl ring and every NFC and AFC championship ring has a unique design.

The only team to deviate from this conference championship ring design was the 2006 Chicago Bears. Their NFC championship ring was made by Jostens as well, but had a totally unique design.

The Bears championship ring is stunning and the design has never been used again. To see this amazing championship ring, please visit my super bowl ring gallery, (there’s a link on my home page).

Hey, I buy super bowl rings and I buy championship rings. If you are looking to sell a championship ring, please let me know. I pay the highest price for championship rings!


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