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Former Vikings Head Coach Bud Grant Is Holding A Public Garage Sale

May 7, 2015


I wonder if the legendary coach will be selling any of his NFC championship rings?   I only need the ring shown below to complete my Vikings championship ring collection:

Viking 1976 NFC Championship Ring


The Bud Grant garage sale has become an annual event in the suburbs of Minnesota.

Last year’s garage sale, located at Bud Grant’s home, featured more of his hunting and fishing gear than rare football artifacts, though there were a few treasured pieces for sale. Some of his football possessions included his Hudson Bay jacket from his time in Winnipeg (the team is part of the Canadian Football league). It sold for $345, and his Ring of Honor sign from the Metrodome fetched $2,100 in a silent auction.   When was the last time you saw a silent auction at a garage sale?

However, the main attraction always turns out to be Grant himself, who spends the better part of three days signing autographs and trading stories with fans who wait in line for as long as one to two hours just to meet him.

The story of the upcoming garage sale has me wondering if he would take offers for any or all of his four NFC Championship rings?

I’m lucky to have acquired three of the four Viking NFC championship rings. I really want the fourth and final one for my collection. The one championship ring I need is from 1976, the team’s fourth and final appearance in the Super Bowl.

I am not sure if Jostens or Balfour made the NFC championship ring since the only one that has ever sold at auction did not list the manufacturer.

As I always note in my championship ring blog, I want to buy championship rings so if you are thinking of selling a ring, please let me know.


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The Championship Rings From Super Bowl XI

February 24, 2015


Continuing the blogs on the two championship rings awarded from every Super Bowl, here’s the next pair; an inside look at the two championship rings from Super Bowl XI:

Super Bowl XI Championship Rings


As I’ve written tons of times, please accept my apologies that the above photo contains my website address. If I didn’t include this in the picture, other web sites would steal my pictures and eBay sellers who make those incredibly cheap replicas in China that don’t look as realistic as true authentic championship rings, will use my photos to claim the pictures are of their replica championship rings!

Almost every picture I use on this blog series of the two championship rings are from my personal championship ring collection (in this specific blog, I am using only one ring from my collection). As you know, these rings are extremely rare in the hobby place and are very seldom (or perhaps never) photographed in pairs from specific Super Bowls. So please excuse my effort to keep these photos from being misused and misrepresented. When I do use a picture found on the internet, I promise, I won’t place my website over the picture.

The ring on the left is the Oakland Raiders first winning Super Bowl Ring from their 1976 season. No team has made the effort the Raiders have to keep their championship ring theme the same over the decades since the Super Bowl started. I’ve detailed in past blogs how the Raiders championship rings remain the same style – you can search using the tools on the right for stories and examples of Raider championship rings.

Designed and manufactured by Lenox (who eventually was sold to Jostens) in 14K solid white gold, the ring contains one large diamond and 24 smaller diamonds. The ring weighs approximately 46 grams.

Like so many other winning Super Bowl rings, the Oakland Raiders Super Bowl XI ring is extremely rare and in high demand by Raider fans and highly coveted by championship ring collectors. Very few of these rings have made it to the collecting community and the few that have, have sold for a lot of money.

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. I only know of one Minnesota Vikings 1976 championship ring that has hit the market place and unfortunately, the manufacturer and the weight of the ring was not provided. Boy, talk about a rare ring!

Please know that I buy super bowl rings and buy championship rings too, so do let me know if you have a championship ring you would like to sell.


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The Championship Rings From Super Bowl IX

February 7, 2015


Continuing my blog series on highlighting the two championship rings awarded from every single Super Bowl, here’s my next installment, a look at the two rings from Super Bowl IX:

Super Bowl IX Championship rings


As I’ve written before, please accept my apologies that the above photo contains my website address. If I didn’t put this in the picture, other web sites would steal my pictures and eBay sellers who make those incredibly cheap replicas that don’t look as realistic as authentic championship rings, will use my photos to claim the pictures are of their replica championship rings!

Almost every pictures I use on this blog series of the two championship rings are from my personal championship ring collection. As you know, these rings are extremely rare in the hobby and seldom (or perhaps never) photographed in pairs from specific Super Bowl games. So again, please excuse my on-going effort to keep these photos from being misused and misrepresented. When I do use a picture found on the internet, I promise, I won’t put my website address on the picture.

The ring on the left is the Pittsburgh Steelers first winning Super Bowl Ring from their 1974 season. No team has more winning super bowl rings than the Steelers (currently at 6) and this is their first one.

Designed and manufactured by Jostens in 10K solid yellow gold, it contains one large diamond and weighs approximately 44 grams.

Like so many other winning Super Bowl rings, the Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl IX ring is extremely rare and in high demand by Pittsburgh Steeler fans and highly coveted by championship ring collectors. Very few of these rings have made it to the collecting community.

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. The Minnesota Vikings championship ring from this game was made by Jostens in 10K yellow solid gold. Although the ring looks slightly larger than the Steelers ring, it weighs in at around 31 grams.

Please remember that I buy super bowl rings and I buy championship rings as well, so please let me know if you have a championship ring you would like to sell.


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The Championship Rings From Super Bowl VIII

January 27, 2015


Continuing my blog series on showcasing the two championship rings awarded from every single Super Bowl, here’s the next installment. A look at the two rings from Super Bowl VIII:


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Super Bowl VIII Rings, Championship rings from Super Bowl VIII


As I have mentioned before, please accept my apologies that the photo contains my website address. If I didn’t put this in the picture, other web sites would steal my pictures and eBay sellers who make cheap replicas that don’t look anywhere near as realistic as the legitimate championship rings, will use the photos to claim the pictures are of their replica championship rings!

Almost all the pictures that I show on this blog series are from my own personal championship ring collection. As you know, these rings are extremely rare and seldom (or perhaps never) photographed in pairs from specific Super Bowl games. So again, please excuse the on-going effort to keep the photos from being misused and misrepresented. When I use a picture found on the internet, I don’t put my website address on the picture.

The ring on the left is the Miami Dolphins second winning Super Bowl Ring from their 1973 season. Notice the championship ring also pays tribute to the 1972 undefeated season (17-0 when you count their playoff wins), with a second diamond and the “72″ on the top left of the ring.

Designed and manufactured by Jostens in 10K solid yellow gold, it contained two large diamonds and weighted in at 40 grams. One of the coolest things about the Dolphin championship rings from the 1970s is that the player’s signature facsimile can be found inside the ring.

Like so many other winning Super Bowl rings, the Miami Dolphins Super Bowl VIII ring is extremely rare and highly coveted by championship ring collectors. Very few of these rings have made it to the collecting community.

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. The Minnesota Vikings championship ring from this game was made by Jostens in 10K yellow solid gold. The ring is also around 40 grams.

Please excuse the broken horn on my Vikings mascot. Surprisingly, this is a common problem with these rings as other Viking rings have suffered the same fate.

Please remember I want to buy super bowl rings and I buy championship rings too, so please let me know if you have a championship ring you would like to sell.


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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.

By now you probably have herd that I buy super bowl rings and I buy championship rings. Please let me know if you have a championship ring you would like to sell.


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