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Babe Ruth 1927 World Series Ring Auction Comes Out Swinging

May 28, 2017


With 33 days left to go in the auction, one thing’s for certain – This Championship ring is going to break some records:


Babe Ruth 1927 World Series Ring


Most internet auctions don’t run for over 30 days, but this is no ordinary auction. Words can’t describe how special this Babe Ruth 1927 World Series ring is and how it would be the highlight of anyone’s sports memorabilia collection.

Please note, I’m not affiliated with the auction house Lelands, or this Championship ring. I’m just hear to blog about championship rings.

The reason I write that this auction came out swinging and that it will beak some records, is simple: although the auction is in it’s infancy, it already has had 13 bids and with a starting bid of $100,000 that’s an impressive amount of activity. Even more astonishing, with 33 days to go, the Yankee World Series ring is already at $313,842.00!

With Wagner T206 Baseball cards in very good quality, regularly breaking the million dollar mark and this championship ring being a lot rarer than those tobacco cards, there’s a good chance this World Series ring could break the million dollar ceiling.

I recall two championship rings selling for over $200,000 at auction, Lawrence Taylor’s Giants Super Bowl XXV ring, and William Perry’s (The Fridge) Super Bowl XX ring. This championship ring has already reached a bid of around 50% more than those rings.

I’m hoping that this sale and media coverage, helps championship ring values to climb again as many championship rings are now selling for less money than just a few years ago.

One small but perhaps insightful clue that championship ring values could climb as a result of this auction is that a well known collector contacted me after my recent blog about this Ruth World Series ring. Besides picking my brain on 1927 Yankee World Series rings, he was fascinated by the fact that I had a player World Series ring from this year.

He told me he wanted to buy it and would make me a very strong offer. I didn’t even tell him who’s World Series ring I had but I had to tell him a couple of times it was not for sale. If you know this person, than you know he does not blow smoke like some other’s in our hobby; he has the funds to buy anything (and I mean anything) he wants.

Please remember, I buy championship rings all the time. Err, except this Ruth ring as it is way over my budget! If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.


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Grambling State Football Team Gets Championship Rings

May 26, 2017


If Grambling’s newest Championship Rings look familiar, it’s because their design was probably made from a modified mold of the Ravens Super Bowl XLVII rings.


2016 Grambling State National Championship Rings


After an outstanding 2016 football season culminating in a National Championship, the Gambling State University football team has been awarded their 2016 Championship rings.

As you can see from the photos above, Grambling’s stunning championship ring shares the same design characteristics as the Ravens second Super Bowl Ring.

“This ring symbolizes that the old Grambling is back,” said running back Martez Carter, 23, a senior on the team. Monroe, Louisiana. “To be a part of the era that restored it means a lot to me. I can’t really describe the excitement that we have to finally receive our championship rings.”

We rarely hear about the hardships for a non division 3 schools, when trying to purchase championship rings for an entire team and staff. Calvin Braxton, an alumnus of LSU, and a former board member of Southern University System Board of Supervisors, graciously donated $30,000 to help cover the cost of these stunning championship rings.

As we’ve witnessed over the last decade or two, Jostens does reuse their championship ring molds and designs for newer championship rings. While a player’s Super Bowl ring is made of solid gold and authentic diamonds, a college or high school championship ring isn’t.

That means that huge High School and College championship rings can rival the size, style, and bling of a Super Bowl ring, at a tiny fraction of the cost.

While a player Super Bowl ring could cost $30,000 to craft each one, a run of 60 championship rings or more on the College level (think about the staff that’s included too and it could be more than 60 rings) would be around $30,000 for the entire run.

Please remember, I buy championship rings all the time. If you would like to sell your championship ring, please contact me.


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A Championship Ring Auction Where No One Wins

May 25, 2017


The sadness of families fighting with one another over valuable heirlooms is once again in the spotlight as Willie Stargell’s 1979 World Series Ring and some of his other prized memorabilia comes to auction:


Wilie Stargell 1979 World Series Ring


The AP is reporting that the family of Pittsburgh Pirate and baseball Hall of Famer, Willie Stargell is hurt and angry that his widow is selling his memorabilia. The prized items include his 1979 World Series ring and his National League MVP award. There are other Stargell items in the upcoming auction too.

The auction is being run by well known sports memorabilia company, SCP Auctions. The sale started Wednesday according to the Post-Gazette. The items were consigned to SCP by his second wife, Margaret Weller-Stargell.

Dolores Stargell, who was married to Willie Stargell and was his first wife, stated that her children and grandchildren weren’t told about the auction. She explained that her family was “completely blindsided” by the SCP auction and that her anger was “released” when she learned of it.

Dolores’s daughter is handicapped and her son, a Gulf War veteran, suffers from post-traumatic syndrome. To make matters even sadder, she stated that the family is living in poverty.

In a letter posted on Facebook that Dolores helped her children write, she stated, “Dad would want the accomplishments of his lifetime achievements to be on display and enjoyed by all, as opposed to sitting in someone’s basement collecting dust.”

Often it’s not reported about the anger, hurt, and mistrust that families go through selling championship rings; especially when assets are left to second wives or second families, while other family members are left out.

Sadly, this happens way too often. It appears that Willie Stargell’s second wife has legal title to these items and has the right to sell them.

Margaret Weller-Stargell said “Willie made the decision years before his death that he wanted these items left to me because I know that he trusted me to do what was in the best interests of both a game that he loved, the Pirates organization and its fans that he honored and respected”.

Margaret Weller-Stargell will donate some of the proceeds to charity. That will include a dialysis machine at a Wilmington, North Carolina, hospital and the kidney disease foundation that was started in Willie’s name. She will receive the rest of the money from the auction.

Please remember I buy championship rings all the time. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.


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Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series Ring Coming To Auction

May 24, 2017


If you want the ultimate Championship Ring for your collection, forget all the bling, it doesn’t get any better than this:


Babe Ruth 1927 Yankees World Series Ring


For the right price, Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring shown above, could be yours, if you have a lot of money to spend.

The Lelands.com auction that is offering this World Series ring is running until June 30th.

Besides this incredible World Series ring offered, there are other rare Ruth pieces, including the contract Ruth signed with the Yankees back in 1919.

What makes this World Series ring so treasured is that it’s is the first World Series ring Ruth won with the Yankees. In 1923, Ruth and the Yankees did win the World Series, but the Yankees presented solid gold pocket watches (which are also worth a fortune today as so few of them have survived).

In addition to it being the first Yankees World Series ring, that 1927 season was quite special – The team won 110 games and swept the Pittsburgh pirates in four games during the World Series. Teamed with Lou Gehrig, the team’s sluggers were nicknamed “Murders’ Row.

I recommend anyone seriously thinking about acquiring this championship ring, do as much research as possible on it before bidding.

While championship ring prices have come down in recent years, special, one-of-a-kind rings such as this one will go for an astonishing number. Although I own a player’s 1927 Yankees ring, it was acquired at a tiny fraction of the price this is going to sell for.

Eating popcorn watching auction


It will be fun to watch how this auction unfolds and the ultimate selling price.

Please remember I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.

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Who’s Buying This Super Bowl Ring?

May 23, 2017


Yesterday I showed a bogus Patriots 2016 Super Bowl ring from the company Fans Honor that had very poor quality. Now I find one that’s even worse:


Patriots Super Bowl LI 2016 Super Bowl Ring


Mom always told me to say something nice, so the one nice thing I’ll say is that unlike yesterday’s Patriots Super Bowl LI ring, at least this one shows five Lombardi trophies. Yesterday’s design only had four.

Even though the Lombardi trophy count is correct on this championship ring, the design team of this Super Bowl ring decided the top of the ring needed a “5X”. Do they really think the designers at Jostens, the company making the authentic Super Bowl ring for the Patriots, are considering putting a “5X” on this or any championship ring they design?

And worse, the “5X” really looks like an “SX” .

The shame of this fake championship ring is that once the Patriots real 2016 Super Bowl LI ring emerges on social media next month, this ring will look even worse as the new and authentic Super Bowl ring will be so much better than this piece of garbage.

Anyone wanting to purchase this Super Bowl ring from Cally Collectibles can also acquire the six other championship rings the Patriots have earned since the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady era began. Those six championship rings are shown above as well.

While the six championship rings (four winning Super Bowl rings and two AFL championship rings from their Super Bowl losses) look pretty good, they are not made to scale – the last Super Bowl ring from Super Bowl 49 and their second and third Super Bowl rings are much larger than the rest in real life. And, if seen up close, I’m sure all six rings offered by Cally would have major quality issues as these are all made in China.

I will say whoever designed this ring, did a nice job on the shaft showing a Lombardi trophy surrounded by the two Roman numerals and also did a decent job on the Patriots logo on the inside of the ring.

However, the top of the Super Bowl ring is so shoddy, I would be embarrassed to wear this.

There’s a good chance the Patriots and Jostens will release a fan version or fan versions of the latest Super Bowl ring. While they will not be player-size, and they will cost a lot more money than this knock-off, at least the quality will be impressive.

As I always pose this question, it bears repeating again: how do the Patriots, Jostens, and the NFL allow companies like this to sell these championship rings and distribute them in this country?

Please remember as always, I buy championship rings as long as they are authentic. If you would like to sell your championship ring, in complete privacy, please contact me.


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