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How to Spot Fake Vintage Yankee World Series Rings

February 4, 2015


Irv Lerner, the self titled, “Ring Man” polluted the championship ring hobby with plenty of fake rings over his long and disastrous career. He made plenty of vintage fake Yankee rings and here’s how you can avoid getting ripped off:

Yankee World Series Ring


Irv if you are reading this, please send the readers your newsletter where you proclaim you will make fake rings with any name on the ring. Any readers wanting to see the newsletter for yourself, get in touch with me. I will send you a copy.

A major auction house has a Yankee World Series Ring Salesman sample in their auction and hopefully will remove it soon now that I have alerted them. If they don’t, I will let you know who they are in a few days.

I am posting three photos, one showing a real ring and the fake ring in the auction (see above) and the last two photos showing fake Balfour markings, and authentic Balfour markings from the 1950s and 1960s (note, modern Balfour stamping is very different and not shown).

If you look carefully at a real Yankee World series ring and then the fake ring, you will notice the stars in the real ring are much sharper and crisper. Balfour made the original rings with a rough surface on the right part of the baseball and the fake ring fails to reproduce it. The inner circle on the bottom of the top hat is also of much better quality on the real ring.

Irv will say the ring is worn, and that’s why is looks different, yet the top of the ring is in pristine condition. Also notice that the word “Yankees” looks like some effort went into making it look correct on the fake ring, while the word “Yankees” flows better on the real ring.

Irv loves to say, “Balfour” lost the molds when they moved so the rings are not exact, yet why is the markings trying to mimic vintage markings? And when did Balfour start making shoddy replacement rings?

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The fake-markings photograph (shown above) shows the ring in the auction. It’s the last Balfour marking in the photograph. The auction ring’s markings are identical to the other fake ring markings shown above in the same photograph. The crooks that stamped these rings tried to use old-style type and tried to capture the look and feel of vintage Balfour marks.

The tell-tale sign is that on every fake championship ring salesman sample, the “14″ is always either touching or almost touching the word “Balfour”. Additionally, their stamps are always very deep and rarely show imperfections the way a real Balfour stamp does.

Now look at the picture with real Balfour Markings. These photos all came from real rings (not salesman samples) with very clear paperwork from the original owners and/or their families.

Notice that the “14″ is never touching or almost touching the word “Balfour” and notice that there are imperfections in the stamping techniques.

It’s uncanny, that there are so many Balfour Yankee salesman samples around, yet they never, every have the proper Balfour markings. It’s also uncanny, that a real Balfour ring, with unquestionable lineage and documentation never comes to the market place with a “14″ touching or almost touching the word “Balfour”.

How can this be?

Also, these rings are very easy to reproduce so making a fake is easy.

I have reached out to the auction house and hopefully they will remove the auction item.


Please remember that I buy World Series Rings and Championship rings. If you want to sell your World Series ring please let me know.



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Yankees’ Radio Announcer John Sterling Loses Yankee World Series Rings in Fire

January 23, 2015


Sterling, the legendary voice to several generations of Yankees fans, lost almost everything he owned, but luckily he and everyone else in the apartment building were unharmed.

John Sterling and his World Series Rings


The New York Yankees’ radio voice for every inning of every game since 1989, (yes, you read that correctly), is grateful for the huge outpouring he’s received after the massive fire displaced nearly 1,000 residents of the complex in Edgewater NJ.

“I have to replace things, but I’m fine,” Sterling said. “I’m very lucky, very fortunate. I realize that.”

Sterling spent much of Thursday purchasing clothes and essentials and receiving phone calls.

Gone, along with almost everything Sterling owned, were his World Series rings and American League championship rings (the first six rings shown below from left to right). One World Series ring remained, the 2009 ring, which he was wearing (shown below on the far right).


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New York Yankee Championship rings


“I will say this; you can replace those, I guess,” Sterling said. “I’m not a possession-oriented person.”

Typically when something like this happens, the professional sports team will have the ring manufacturing company create replacement rings. In this instance, Balfour made every single ring shown above and the new ones will look identical to the lost championship rings.

Sterling has heard from “everyone” associated with the Yankees, from club president Randy Levine to traveling secretary Ben Tuliebitz to the security and media relations staff.

Clubhouse manager Lou Cucuzza Jr. is sending supplies to Sterling’s hotel room, his new temporary home.

“You never think of this – no one ever thinks it will ever happen to them,” Sterling said. “I didn’t have anything. I was wearing sneakers and jeans at the time.”

While this is extremely traumatic to the 1,000 people who lost their home, Sterling remained upbeat and thankful for the comforts he possesses — such as the handful of music CDs and tapes that were in his car trunk – and an abundance of friends wanting to help.

As Sterling mentioned, there are so many people thrust in similar situations who are far worse off.

Please remember, I buy World Series rings, if you are looking to sell a World Series ring, please get in touch with me.


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What will the Giants World Series ring look like this time?

January 13, 2015


The team is very secretive on the details of the upcoming 2014 World Series ring. Here’s a picture of their last masterpiece:

San Francisco Giants World Series Ring


No one in the Giants’ front office is divulging even the slightest details about the 2014 World Series rings.

Those cherished championship rings will generate increasing curiosity and excitement in the days and weeks leading up to the ring ceremony preceding the April 18 game against Arizona at AT&T Park.

“We’re in the design stage right now,” said Staci Slaughter, the club’s senior vice president for communications, this week.

Slaughter wouldn’t even confirm the most basic of questions: If Tiffany & Co., which designed and produced the World Series rings commemorating the Giants’ 2010 and 2012 World Series victories, are designing and manufacturing the latest championship ring.

Here are some assumptions that will probably “ring” true:

• The 2014 World Series ring will be larger than its predecessors, and contain more diamonds. The 2012 rings had 144 diamonds, up from 77 gems in the 2010 ring.

• An image symbolizing San Francisco will appear on the latest rings, since two of the most iconic figures already have been used. The Golden Gate Bridge was shown on the 2010 ring; and a cable car appeared on the 2012 version.

Possibilities this time around could be the Transamerica Pyramid or Coit Tower. The city skyline might be good choice too. Many teams showcase their stadium, so there’s the possibility AT&T Park, which was featured on the 2010 Series press pins could be up next.

• The team’s tremendous accomplishment of winning three Series in five seasons will be celebrated and noted. The Red Sox’s 2013 championship rings displayed three Series trophies on one shank, which also reflected their 2004 and ’07 titles.

• The familiar interlocking “SF” logo which dominated the top of the two previous rings are likely to return on the 2014 World Series ring.

I buy World Series rings. If you want to sell a championship ring, please get in touch with me.


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A Beautiful World Series Ring Set Worth Owning

January 7, 2015


Championship ring enthusiasts and collectors often mention that ring collecting is too expensive and they can’t afford to start or build a collection. Replica rings are often unlicensed and often offer poor quality. Here’s a replica set that is very affordable, displays well, and is a great way to start or build your championship ring collection:

St. Louis Cardinals World Series Rings


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Newspaper company, around 2009, released a World Series Ring replica set with an acrylic display case. I don’t know what they originally sold for, but the set quickly sold out. Many sets were available after they sold out on ebay and could be purchased for around $100.00. That’s an amazing value since that averages out to be around $10.00 per replica ring.

The old-time vintage World Series rings from 1926, 1931, 1934, 1942, 1944, and 1946, were especially accurate in that set and purposely manufactured to look antiqued-aged. These six rings simply look amazing.

The remaining four rings were 1964, 1967, 1982, and 2006 World Series rings. In my opinion, the two from the 60s and one from the 80s were not as nice looking as the other rings in the set. The 2006 World Series ring looked pretty good, containing all the modern flash and bling found on today’s championship rings.

Around two years later, the Cardinals won another World Series and that meant that this wonderful set was now lacking the Cardinals latest championship ring.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch updated the set, and their new version contained the 2011 World Series ring. Additionally, they dramatically improved the display case, upgrading from an acrylic display to a glass championship ring presentation box that contained beautiful etchings.

The new set was priced at $129.95 but quickly sold out again.

You can find these rings on ebay at very reasonable prices.

Please remember that I buy championship rings (as long as they are real and not replica rings). If you have a championship ring to sell, please get in touch with me.


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The Latest Championship Ring Acquisition – Starting out 2015 on the Right Foot

January 5, 2015


Not sure why, but January is always an active month for me in my Championship Ring acquisitions quest. 2015 is already off to a good start:

1964 Yankees American League Championship Ring


I had been speaking to a particular sports agent (who is also a memorabilia collector), on and off for several months regarding an old-time Yankee player’s 1964 American League Championship ring.

The ring was coming with a signed letter from the player, plus I knew of the agent and his long-standing relationship with the player.

The agent wanted a lot of money for the ring, as the player was a well-known name and a solid contributor to the 1964 regular season and World Series.

The negotiating price was starting to head in an area I felt comfortable, however, the agent was very difficult to deal with. I can be stubborn and difficult myself, so the two of us and our negotiating tactics were not a good recipe for success in being able to finalize the deal.

Midway through December, I said “the heck with this deal, it’s not worth the aggravation”, since every time I would look at the ring I would be reminded of how difficult and unpleasant the negotiations were. The negotiations would ruin the ring for me and one thing I have learned over the years as a collector is that if you don’t get a particular ring, there will always be another one from the same team and year down the road.

However, another lesson I learned over the years in business is that you need to put aside your feelings and for the betterment of your situation, proceed in the negotiation process.

Luckily for me, the agent continued to reach out to me, and we patched up our relationship and made the deal. Besides getting a great ring, I am glad that we were able to improve our relationship. As a result of the improved relationship, I believe there will be more deals with this agent, and that’s good for both of us.

The Yankee American League championship ring pictured above was made by Balfour and was the last appearance the Yankees would have in the World Series for 12 years (they returned in 1976).

The 1964 Yankee season was managed by Yogi Berra and the team lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in 7 games of the World Series that season.

I buy championship rings and I buy World Series Rings. If you want to sell your Championship Ring, please give me a call.


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