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Chiefs Founder Lamar Hunt’s Championship Rings Now Part of Gridiron Glory Exhibit

June 10, 2015

Kansas City Chiefs historian, Bob Moore announced that four historic Chiefs artifacts will be joining the Gridiron Glory exhibit. These items, including Championship rings, were owned by team founder Lamar Hunt:

Kansas City Chiefs Championship Rings

Fans can now view Hunt’s 1962 AFL championship ring, his 1969 Super Bowl IV ring, his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring and his Order of the Leather Helmet pin. These items plus the Chiefs’ Super Bowl IV trophy will be shown together.

Gridiron Glory   is the most comprehensive traveling exhibit ever created on Pro Football. The exhibit is comprised of more than 10,000 square feet and showcases some of the most iconic pro football artifacts of all time. It contains more than 200 rare football items, including photos and rare documents from the Pro Football Hall of Fame   collection.

“They’re significant because it’s the beginning of this whole ring culture,” Moore explained. “The fact that [the championship rings] belonged to Lamar Hunt, the fact that he came up with the name ‘Super Bowl,’ the fact that he has so much associated with the Super Bowl, I think is probably one of the reasons why getting to see these rings [is so special].

“I also think it’s something fans like. They love these rings more than some of the other things you’ve seen in museums.”

Here’s some more details about the championship rings shown above (from left to right):

1962 AFL championship ring: This championship ring was designed and awarded back when the American Football League was totally independent from the more established NFL (National Football League). You can see by the sizes of the rings, that the championship rings were smaller in the early 60s and contained a lot less “bling”.

1969 Super Bowl IV championship ring: “By the time we get to the ’69 season ring, it’s really last of the ones and it more or less is not an AFL championship, it’s the world championship. It includes the usual things— the city, the players’ names are on the side and so forth.” said Moore. The 1969 Super Bowl ring was designed and manufactured by Jostens, in 14K solid yellow gold and weighed in at around 46 grams.

Pro Football Hall of Fame ring: “Everyone more or less remarks about how small it is. Well, they’re not small today. What you see essentially is the logo. It includes some small things on the side, which give you some indications of the fact that it’s for you.” said Moore.

On the far right is the NFL’s Order of the Leather Helmet pin: Moore added, “It’s an NFL Alumni Association of the players who give it to people who make major contributions to the sport. That would certainly be Lamar Hunt. Lamar is the first person to go in from the AFL and consequently, probably should be, given the fact that he founded the league and had seen the league through. It was only obvious that he’d be the first particular person to.”

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The Championship Rings From Super Bowl IV

December 30, 2014

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

Super Bowl IV Championship rings

Please accept my apology that the picture contains my website address. If I don’t place this on the photograph, other web sites will steal my pictures or worse, ebay sellers making cheap replicas that don’t look as anywhere near as realistic as the real rings will use the photos and claim these pictures are of their championship rings.

Almost all of the photographs from this blog series are from my own personal championship ring collection. Many of these rings are extremely rare and seldom (or perhaps never) photographed in pairs from a specific Super Bowl game. So please understand and excuse my on-going efforts 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 Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl IV ring. Designed and manufactured by Jostens, it contained one large diamond and 10 smaller diamonds. A large center diamond and smaller diamonds forming a football became a popular ring design for football championship rings. I believe this is the first implemented this design.

Unlike the Jets ring from the season earlier, the side of the Chiefs ring lacks the phrase “Super Bowl”. The side contains the score “Chiefs 23-7 Vikings”. The Jets ring was the first Super Bowl ring to actually say “Super Bowl” as that name was not born at the time of the first game between the Packers and Chiefs. I don’t know why the Chiefs decided not to use the word “Super Bowl” but it’s a hint that the name had not totally caught on in January of 1970 when this game was played.

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

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.

The Vikings ring shown on the right is the last Championship ring awarded to a losing team that actually contains the words “NFL Champions”.

The Vikings were heavily favored going into Super Bowl IV, and like the Colts the season before, were startled by their loss. Unlike the Colts, the team decided to receive a championship ring and not a watch.

The Vikings ring contains one center diamond. The ring was made in 14K solid yellow gold by Balfour. Not too many have sold publicly, however there seems to be an equal number made in 10K and 14K solid gold. I’m not sure why, but that’s one of many mysteries in the world of Championship ring collecting.

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A Championship Ring Fiasco – An uninformed buyer pays 5-10 times more than the value of a Super Bowl ring

December 8, 2014

Hank Stram’s son claims he has the real ring, and a championship ring expert alerted me that the ring in the auction was a common salesman sample.

Kansas City Chief Super Bowl Ring

Salesman sample rings these days sell for around $2,500 – $4,000. If this Hank Stram ring contained real diamonds, you could add about $1,500 – 2,500 to the value of this ring.

Worthridge auctions last month claimed they had legendary Kansas City Chiefs coach, Hank Stam’s Super Bowl IV ring in their auction. Although the ring generated some buzz, Stram’s son said there was absolutely no truth to the reports that his father’s ring was in that auction.

The son was given the real championship ring when Hank passed away in 2005. The son still has the original ring in his possession and no desire to sell it.

Adding proof that the ring in the auction is a common salesman sample, the ring contains a serial number. Real super bowl rings do not have serial numbers inside of them.

The ring at Worthtidge Auctions sold for $37,782 over the weekend. When the new owner learns what he has and what he doesn’t have, he or she will probably be quite upset.

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Auction House Blunder Regarding Hank Stram’s Super Bowl Ring

November 25, 2014

An auction house shows they don’t know a real ring from a common salesman sample ring in their latest auction.

Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl ring

Dale Stram, son of Chiefs Hall of Fame legendary coach Hank Stram, said there is absolutely no truth to reports that his father’s ring from Super Bowl IV is up for auction.

Hank Stram passed away in 2005, and the ring is in Dale Stram’s possession.

“There has been recent speculation regarding my father, Coach Hank Stram, and his Super Bowl ring that was awarded to him after the 1970 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV,” Dale Stram said in a statement released by the Kansas City Chiefs.

“Upon his death, my father bequeathed his awarded Super Bowl IV ring to me. I am presently the sole and legal owner of the ring, which remains in my possession. This is an unequivocal statement that I treasure my father’s Super Bowl IV ring and I will retain it for my lifetime.”

Adding proof that the auction house, Worthridge Auctions, is selling a common salesman sample as Hank Stam’s original super bowl ring, one of the pictures on their website clearly shows the salesman sample markings engraved inside the super bowl ring (see photo above).

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