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Are Championship Rings a Sound Investment?

February 21, 2015


A reader of this blog asked if a championship ring in an upcoming auction was a good investment.   Here’s my thoughts on championship rings as investments:

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First off I’m not an economist. Like many, I am a frustrated investor. I have lost money in real estate, and the stock market, and even with Championship rings. Some of my savings is in the bank earning less than one percent interest. Like many, I have a retirement account which is designed to make my financial planner more money than it makes me.

This country is 18 trillion dollars in debt and many feel the stock market is due for a major correction soon.   Should China stop lending us money and/or the stock market dives, what will happen to the value of championship rings?   So, do I know more than those who make a living dealing with investments and money matters?   Not a chance.   They can’t see the future and neither can I.

If I was sure championship rings would climb in value over the next ten years, I wouldn’t need to be a professional economist or money manager to know that you should buy every and any ring you can get your hands on. The more rings you buy the more money you will make.

Unfortunately, championship rings are not guaranteed to climb in value. Just like the stock market, or real estate, who knows what will happen. The only guarantee is that the auction houses make money on championship rings – since they take 15-20 percent from the buyer and a percentage from the seller too.

I would not recommend starting an auction house either – the printing and mailing of those catalogs cost a fortune and their overhead to run their business is quite high too.

The one recommendation I would make is only buy championship rings because you love championship rings. If you buy them for investment purposes you could and will probably loose money. You have read enough stories on this blog about fake championship rings and the crooks who peddle them.

If you do buy championship rings, do a lot of research, ask a lot of questions, and get the ring appraised – not by a jeweler but by a sports memorabilia expert who has experience with championship rings.   Last, get the ring insured!

Oh, and the person who asked me about a particular championship ring coming up in an auction, should have asked what the ring was currently worth, not what it will be worth in 10 years. The best answer I have heard someone give when asked this question about high-end championship rings is that championship rings are worth “what the highest bidder agrees to pay”.   I have no idea if the ring in question will sell at auction for $15,000 or $250,000.

See, I told you I do this for the love, I am not a professional appraiser or expert on sports memorabilia trends.   Although I have become quite good at spotting fake rings and tracking what rings have sold for in the past.

Please let me know if you want to sell a championship ring.   I buy championship rings all the time!


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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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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:

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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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Early Thoughts on the New England Patriots Next Super Bowl Championship Ring

February 3, 2015


With deflate-gate fallout still looming, I wonder if the NFL will pressure the Patriots to cool it in terms of bigger and flashier rings.


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New England Super Bowl rings and New England AFC Championship rings


Just my opinion, but because of deflate gate, and it’s impact leading up to this year’s Super Bowl, and the fact that this is the first Super Bowl Championship ring the Patriots are getting post spygate, this is not the year to be so flamboyant and break championship ring size records.


While Patriot fans may disagree, I feel my thoughts are especially right-on, given the fact that the Patriots narrowly defeated the Ravens in the playoffs and there is speculation that those game balls were under-inflated too.

I hope the Patriots don’t use Herff Jones  and Masters of Design  to design their new ring like they did for their 2011 AFC championship ring (the last ring they were awarded). Unless they had a fallout with them, look for the Patriots return to Jostens, who have made all of their winning Super Bowl Championship rings.

All seven rings shown above were made by Jostens  with the exception of two AFC Championship rings. The ring shown on the far left, was made by Balfour  in 1985.

The ring, second the right contains seven marques diamonds – one for each of their previous super bowl appearances. This 2011 AFC championship ring was made by Herff Jones  and their subsidiary, Masters of Design. 

In my opinion, Jostens  makes the finest Super bowl rings and Tiffany  is a close second!

Have a Super Bowl or championship ring to sell? I buy championship rings. Please reach out to me!


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My Favorite Day of the Year

February 1, 2015


There’s nothing like Super Bowl Sunday, and this evening Championship Ring Enthusiasts will know who’s getting new huge rings!

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Will Brady get his fourth ring and go 4-2 in the big game? Or will Tom fall to 3 – 3?

Will the game be as close as many expects believe?

From the championship ring perspective, there are some intriguing questions too:

Will the Seahawks become the first team to get “back-to-back” Super Bowl rings since the Patriots did ten seasons ago?

Will the Patriots scale back their Super Bowl ring willingly, if they win today and deflate-gate tarnishes their championship?

Will Diamond Cutters International, who unleashed a marketing campaign over the last couple of weeks to let the world know they want to design the next championship ring be awarded the rights to the next ring?

Let’s meet back here at the blog in a day or two and see what happened and what new stories emerge.

PS – sorry the blog was so quiet this week, I am in Phoenix for the game and don’t have the proper resources to write this blog.

I promise I will catch up in a few days and have stories about the Hunt Super Bowl Auction in Phoenix and my trip to the Pawnstars in Vegas to see and speak to them about their championship rings. I’ll also blog about all the great people I met.

Please remember I buy championship rings. If you have a championship ring that you want to sell please contact me.

Enjoy your Super Bowl Sunday!


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