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Did Jostens Already Reveal Duke’s New National Championship Ring?

April 8, 2015

Some media companies and internet sites are reporting that either Jostens, the NCAA or Duke have already designed the new 2015 National Championship ring.   They’re 100% wrong!

Duke 2015 National Championship Ring

The championship ring shown above, from a released Jostens promotional graphic, does show a new Duke championship ring. It closely resembles the last championship ring Duke was awarded. The Sporting News and other outlets, rushed to publish the story but got some facts wrong.

The   wrote “Look at all those diamonds”.   Had the author and website done any research whatsoever, they would have known that NCAA championship rings never contain real diamonds and in fact no longer contain any gold. This is due to the NCAA mandating that college athletes are not allowed to receive money or valuable gifts.

I have no idea why Jostens released the promotional graphic. I have never heard of a sports team designing a ring before   winning their championship.

Perhaps Jostens is just trying to gain an edge over their competitors so that they will be awarded the next Duke Championship Ring design and build.

Additionally, Duke will probably want to differentiate their new championship ring from their last one and not go with a nearly identical design.

Please remember, I buy championship rings all the time, so if you want to sell your championship ring please let me know.

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Head Coach Mark Dantonio unveils Michigan State’s Rose Bowl championship ring

April 27, 2014

The head coach arrived at Spartan Stadium Saturday for the Green-White game sporting some new bling.

Michigan State Rose Bowl championship ring

The Spartans — who as a team will receive their rings following the conclusion of the spring game — beat Stanford 24-20 in the 2014 Rose Bowl.

The ring has a green Spartan head on the front face, the score of the Rose Bowl and the team’s 13-1 record on one side and says “THE ONES” on the other. On the inside of the ring reads the season’s mantra, “Chase It.”

Because the players are limited in the monetary value they can receive, their rings will be made of non-gold and the dimaonds will not be real.

During halftime of the spring scrimmage, Michigan State honored the 2013 Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl championship team.

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How much is a college championship ring worth?

April 9, 2014 – by Adriene Hill

Connecticut beat Kentucky and the winning players will soon receive a championship ring similar to the one show here:

Connecticut NCAA National Championship Basketball Ring

Pretty fancy, right? Turns out those rings look a lot more expensive than they actually are. Student-athletes who win championships can only receive $415 worth of gifts for the victory, per NCAA rules. (They are allowed additional gifts for participating in post season conference events and for winning their conference championship.)

According to USA Today, Jostens, the company that likely made your high school graduation ring, makes these college championship rings. In 2013, USA Today spoke to Chris Poitras, from Jostens sport division:

“In the last 5-10 years, the increase in gold and genuine diamond prices has pretty much priced gold and diamonds out of the scenario for college rings,” Poitras said.

Instead, the rings are decked out in “simulated colored non-genuine stones” and “metals that look exactly the same [as gold], but cost considerably less.”

Just becuase the rings aren’t made of actual diamonds and gold doesn’t make them cheap for the schools. According to, after Auburn’s football team won the national football championship the school “spent the $75,000-$80,000 for one set of the national championship rings and the SEC title ring, which was slightly less than what was allowed by the NCAA.”

Note: The Auburn-designed national championship ring that went to the players and coaches cost $415 each, the exact amount allowed by the NCAA. The SEC championship ring cost $285 each, under the $315 allowed by the NCAA.

Let’s say you are one of the student athletes lucky and talented enough to earn a ring. You can’t sell it. According to the NCAA rulebook: “awards received for intercollegiate athletics participation may not be sold, exchanged or assigned for another item of value, even if the student-athlete’s name or picture does not appear on the award.”

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Chane Behanan’s Final Four ring found on auction site; was it stolen?

November 29, 2013

University of Louisville basketball player Chane Behanan’s 2012 Final Four ring was removed from auction Wednesday morning by Grey Flannel, a leading sports memorabilia seller, at the Behanan family’s request.

Behanan's Louisville NCAA Championship Ring

“We have been informed by Chane’s mother that this NCAA Final Four ring was indeed stolen from the Behanan family,” Grey Flannel’s website reads. “This lot has been removed from the sale. Please place no bids.”

Three bids had previously been accepted on the ring, pushing the sale above $600 with more than 14 days remaining.

When reached by phone by The Courier-Journal, a Grey Flannel representative swiftly declined comment at mention of Behanan’s name. Reached again regarding seller information and Grey Flannel’s verification process, the auctioneer disconnected a call.

Behanan posted to his Facebook page Tuesday evening that he did not sell the ring, and U of L athletic department spokesman Kenny Klein said Wednesday morning he’s checking into the matter.

Opened in 1989, Grey Flannel touts itself as “the industry leader in sports memorabilia auctions and sports memorabilia appraisals.” The auctioneer is also the official appraiser and authenticator for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The original Grey Flannel posting sparked a social media stir Tuesday evening in the wake of punishments to Ohio State football players by the NCAA in 2010. It was the sale of championship rings, jerseys and Ohio State memorabilia for cash that earned the Buckeyes a bowl ban and led to former coach Jim Tressel’s eventual dismissal from the program.

Per a September 2010 Sports Illustrated report about Georgia receiver A.J. Green’s suspension for sales of his jersey, the NCAA instituted rules against student-athletes selling their gear while in still in school after Georgia players sold their 2002 Southeastern Conference Championship rings.

A more recent case, from just earlier this month, saw Oregon basketball players suspended nine games apiece for selling team shoes given to them by their school.

Grey Flannel described the mint condition ring as a size 11 with the inside stamped “©YLTM” along with the Josten’s brand “J.” It’s also engraved with Behanan’s name, number, a Big East Conference championship logo and the Cardinals’ record that season: 30-10 after the Final Four loss to Kentucky in New Orleans.

Behanan started this season under indefinite suspension for an undisclosed violation of team rules and school policy. He missed one regular-season game and has since come off the bench to average 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds.

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