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With Championship Rings You Learn Something New Almost Every Day

June 5, 2015


Finally acquiring a Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XIII ring, led to some surprising facts:


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Picture of Pittsubrugh Steelers Super Bowl XIII Ring


Here’s the most stunning thing I learned: The Steelers did something very unusual that year with regards to their Super Bowl Ring; on non-player championship rings, they put a “78″ on the Steeler helmet to designate the championship year. However, player rings contained their actual jersey number on their ring’s helmet.

Here’s another interesting discovery – Many championship rings collectors always thought that players had their position at the bottom of the Super Bowl XIII ring (ex. QB, WR, DT). As far as I know, not a single 1978 Super Bowl ring has ever sold at auction (accept one, back in 2008 on ebay). It was believed that the position of the player was put on the bottom of the 1978 Super Bowl rings because the Terry Bradshaw salesman sample rings have a “QB” at the bottom of the shank.

Those who have read my many championship ring blogs, know how I feel about salesman sample rings. And those that have collected championship rings, usually reach the same conclusion too – that many if not most salesman sample rings are fake.

When I acquired the championship ring above, the coach’s initials were on the ring. This led me to theorize that non player rings had the recipient’s initials. Of course, everyone had their last name prominently displayed on the ring too.

In researching this blog entry, I went back and looked at photos of that player ring that sold on ebay, and much to my surprise, I see that his initials, not his position are on the championship ring.

This discovery will add to further speculation and doubt about the Terry Bradshaw salesman sample rings being 100% genuine.

Please remember, I buy championship rings all the time. Please let me know if you have one to sell.


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Craig Colquitt Loses Steelers Super Bowl XIII Ring at Bar

March 25, 2015


Craig Colquitt has lost his Super Bowl XIII ring, and is asking for help in getting it returned.

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Colquitt is pictured above with his two Steeler Super Bowl rings. The missing one, from Super Bowl XIII is shown on the left side.

According to The Tennessean, he last saw the Super Bowl XIII ring at a Nashville, Tennessee bar called “Rippy’s.”

Colquitt had perfect symmetry: He had won two super bowl rings and has two sons, who like him are former Vol kickers and now play in the NFL. His plan was to give each son a Super Bowl ring from his playing days, but now that plan is on hold.

Colquitt was gracious in letting fans take pictures with his two super bowl rings, and even allowed them to try them on. But somehow, while at Rippy’s this past weekend, his Super Bowl XIII ring went missing.

Besides asking for help, he’s even offering a reward to find the missing championship ring.

If you find it, Colquitt is asking you to send an e-mail to him directly at craigcolquitt@ymail.com. or you can also reach him at 815-259-8352.

He’s hoping a good samaritan will step up; and Colquitt promised that no questions will be asked. He hopes to keep his wish of giving each son, Britton and Dustin, his super bowl rings.

Please remember, I buy championship rings, especially Super Bowl rings. So if you are looking to sell a championship ring, please let me know by text, email or phone.


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The Championship Rings From Super Bowl XIV

March 21, 2015


Continuing my blog series on the two championship rings awarded from every Super Bowl, here’s the next amazing pair; an inside look at the two championship rings from Super Bowl XIV.

Super Bowl XIV Rings


The ring on the left is the Pittsburgh Steelers fourth and final winning Super Bowl Ring from the 1970s. The championship ring is from their 1979 season, culminating in their Super Bowl XIV victory. Unquestionably, the Steers were the dominant team of 70′s winning four Super Bowl Titles.

The Steelers 1979 Super Bowl ring was designed and manufactured by Jostens in 10K solid yellow gold.   Their final ring from the decade contains four large diamonds, symbolizing their four championships. No Steeler Super Bowl XIV ring has ever been in an auction (except one many years ago on ebay) so I would estimate the rings weigh in the 42 – 45 gram range.

Like so many other winning Super Bowl rings, the Steelers Super Bowl XIV ring is extremely rare and in high demand by Steeler fans and highly coveted by championship ring collectors. As mentioned earlier, one sold years ago on ebay and a couple more have made it to the collecting community by way of private sales. The Steelers Super Bowl XIV ring is one of the very few Super Bowl rings I do not own.

In a tradition that continues to this day, the team that loses the Super Bowl is recognized as a champion of their respective conference. The Rams ring shown above was their only championship ring awarded while playing in Los Angeles (since the Super Bowl era began).

The Rams 1979 NFC Championship ring is one of the more simpler designs made for a Super Bowl runner-up team. Because of the blandness of the ring, and the fact that the team has not played in Los Angeles in two decades, it’s very possible this ring would go for less money than other conference championship rings. It’s hard to gauge the market value, as no major auction house has sold one.

Two years ago a front office Rams ring, the same version the players received, sat on eBay for a very long time. I’m not sure if the owner gave up or sold it. Another staff member’s ring sold on ebay in 2008 (same as the player’s version) for $3,000.

The Rams 1979 NFC ring was made by Jostens, in 10K yellow gold and weighs 38-39 grams.

As always, please remember – I buy super bowl rings and buy championship rings as well, so please let me know if you have a championship ring you want to sell.


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The Championship Rings From Super Bowl XIII

March 17, 2015


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

Super Bowl XIII Rings


The ring on the left is the Pittsburgh Steelers third winning Super Bowl Ring from their 1978 season. Unlike the Raiders, who two seasons earlier purposely made a strong effort to keep their championship ring theme the same, the Steelers third championship ring was quite different in design from their first two rings. If you line up all 6 Steeler rings, you would be hard to find a team that has all of their championship rings so strikingly different from one another.

The Steelers 1978 Super Bowl ring was designed and manufactured by Jostens in 10K solid yellow gold, the ring contains three large diamonds and smaller diamonds that give the ring some beautiful bling. The ring weighs 42 grams.

Here’s an amazing fact about the ring – I always thought the top was kind of a random, modern-art type design. Obviously, the three large diamonds represent the three Super Bowl championships the team achieved at this point in time. However, “Hat Boy”, a poster on sportslogos.net championship ring, recently pointed out “The “stars” on the Steelers ring are asteroids, which mimic their logo.”

I can’t believe I never realized that! Apparently, others missed that too as quite a few mentioned on the board that they did not realize it either. Another contributor mentioned that the official shape of the star is called a hypocycloid and when it’s shaped with four cusps, it’s called an asteroid.

Like so many other winning Super Bowl rings, the Steelers Super Bowl XIII ring is extremely rare and in high demand by Steeler 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, sold for a lot of money. This is one of the very few Super Bowl rings I do not own, however, I’m in advanced negotiations with someone to buy their ring and we are proceeding along with this sale.

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 Cowboys super bowl ring was designed as a tribute to the Texas official state flower – the Bluebonnet. Because many collectors believe this is one of the ugliest conference championship rings, they tend to go for less money than other AFC and NFC championship rings. The Cowboys 1978 NFC ring was made by Jostens, in 10K yellow gold and weighs 35-36 grams.

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


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The Championship Rings From Super Bowl X

February 14, 2015


Continuing my blog series on the two amazing championship rings awarded from every Super Bowl, here’s the next installment; an inside look at the two championship rings from Super Bowl X:

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As I’ve written so many times before, please accept my apologies that the above photo contains my website address. If I didn’t super-impose 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 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 place and are very seldom (or perhaps never) photographed in pairs from specific Super Bowl games. So again, 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 Pittsburgh Steelers second winning Super Bowl Ring from their 1975 season. No team has more winning super bowl rings than the Steelers (currently at 6) and this is their second one and only the third back-to-back Super Bowl ring (the Green Bay Packers and Miami Dolphins were the first two teams to accomplish this feat).

Designed and manufactured by Balfour in 10K solid yellow gold, it contains two large diamonds, for each Super Bowl the team had won and weighs approximately 42 grams.

Like so many other winning Super Bowl rings, the Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl X 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 Dallas Cowboys championship ring from this game was made by Balfour in 10K white solid gold. Although the ring looks almost as large as the Steelers ring, it weighs in at around 34 grams.

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


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