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Beer and Championship Rings – The Best Combination Ever!

December 4, 2014


I never thought I would write a blog about beer and Super Bowl rings, but look what showed up on twitter this week:

Pittsburgh Steeler Super Bowl Rings


A Pittsburgh brewing company, called Iron City Beer, has a long history with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In the photo above, you can see four super bowl rings and the Steelers famous quest for a fifth ring (also known as “one for the thumb”).


We know these cans were made during or before the 2005 season, since the Steelers won their fifth super bowl that season.

Besides being really cool, it turns out that these cans are somewhat collectable.

I don’t think the beer cans specifically mention the Steelers by name, or the super bowl, and while I wish the ring illustrations were more realistic, these issues are probably the result of avoiding huge licensing costs from the NFL, Steelers, Balfour and Jostens (the two championship ring companies that produced the Steelers first four Steeler super bowl rings). I love the fact that the cans are in the Steelers colors.

For more information about Steeler rings, please use the search tools located on the right side, or visit the super bowl ring gallery from the start page of this website.

I buy championship rings so if you are thinking of selling a super bowl ring, or championship ring, please get in touch with me.


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While I Love Every Super Bowl Ring, This One, I Adore a Little Less

November 14, 2014


Whether you are a championship ring collector, or just an admirer of these amazing spectacles, not every championship ring can be considered amazing. In my humble opinion, the Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XLIII ring, is just a little off the mark.

Super Bowl XLIII Ring


Don’t get me wrong, I still like this ring and still want one in my collection. I would buy this Super Bowl ring in a second, so if you are selling this Superbowl ring or any other championship ring, please contact me.

However, when compared to the 47 other Super Bowl rings, this one, in my opinion leaves a little to be desired.

First off, if you are a fan of huge championship rings with a lot of bling, you will have no issue with this ring. It is a massive Super Bowl ring, weighing in at a whopping 104 grams! The ring was made by Jostens and contains 6 large diamonds, representing the six Super Bowl championships the team has won. Currently they hold the honor of having won more Super Bowl championships than any other team.

The shanks are nice too, although they look a little “stretched” due to their massive size of the ring.

Here’s where the ring went wrong:

The 6 large diamonds are supposed to enhance the ring and stand out. In my opinion this championship ring looks like modern art (I don’t get modern art either). The diamonds are lost in a strange and random-looking maze smaller-diamond patterns.

Next, Jostens tried to include three colored stones to match the teams logo. They failed miserably as two of the colors (the blue and red) are way off, and add to the mish-mosh on top of the ring.

I’m not sure why, but the Steelers seemed to be Championship-ring challenged over the last 14 years. First they make a great Super Bowl XL ring, but make it way too small. That annoyed a lot of players, so after a lot of complaining about that ring, the team made up for the small ring three seasons later with this huge super bowl ring.

Next, two years later, when losing to the Packers in Super Bowl XLV, instead of getting a “Super Bowl losing” ring like every team since the 1968 Colts, they broke a 40-something year tradition and requested a diamond-studded watch instead.

One last thing that just is not right about this ring: In all my years collecting championship rings, I have never seen the practice squad players receive a ring that was not the same as team members. All players are considered part of the “team” and in their own ways, each player that is assigned a jersey number represents the team as a player and is awarded a Championship Ring. These championship rings should be the same size and gold-content for every player.

For the first time ever, practice squad players received a 10K solid gold version of this ring, while players who were not on the practice squad received 14K versions. I’m not sure which version coaches, scouts, or players on injured-reserved received, but why would the Steelers front office do this?

Please remember I buy championship rings and especially love to buy Super Bowl rings. If you are selling a ring give me a call, let’s talk. And please remember, I don’t sell super bowl rings or championship rings.


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The Fall of Salesman Sample Championship Rings Continue

October 26, 2014


Thanks to some unscrupulous people in the championship ring hobby, the value and desire of salesman sample rings continue to fall.

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Searching eBay for Championship Rings like I do throughout each day, I recently came across the ring shown above. It’s a beautiful, supposedly authentic salesman sample Super Bowl X ring made by Balfour.

I say supposedly authentic for two reasons:

1) Without an examination of the actual ring and it’s markings, it is possible it is a high-end copy, made to look like a salesman sample.

2) There are so many fake salesman samples in the championship ring collecting community that it’s realistically possible this is a fake super bowl ring.

What I find interesting about this championship ring is that actual salesman sample rings used to sell for $5,000 a decade ago. Then many from the 1970s-1980s fell to around $3,500 a few years back.

This particular ring has an asking price of $2,499 and a “make offer” opportunity. This championship ring is gold filled, not solid gold, so that could effect desirability too. But what I find very telling is that the seller has not received a single “buy it now” offer. Not a single one.

So, thanks to people like Irv Lerner, “The Ring Man”, the price of championship salesman sample rings have plummeted.


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Wow, It’s Been 20 Years Since the Forty Niners Have Won a Super Bowl

September 9, 2014


Once the NFL Leader in Super Bowl victories and championship rings, the last 49ers Super Bowl championship was from the 1994 season.

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After the San Francisco Forty Niners won Super Bowl XXIX they were undisputedly the best team in football, and the most successful NFL franchise since the start of the super bowl era.

Their 49-26 trouncing of the San Diego Chargers was the 49ers fifth Super Bowl championship in 14 seasons. They became the first NFL team to win five super bowls and their Super Bowl XXIX ring was an amazing piece, showing five Lombardi trophies on top of the ring (see our super bowl gallery for pictures of this ring).

If that wasn’t enough, they were one of the few teams to remain undefeated in Super Bowl games too, with a perfect 5 – 0 record.

The following season the Dallas Cowboys caught up, by winning their fifth Super Bowl championship (and their third in four seasons).

During the 20 year dry spell for the Forty Niners, the Pittsburgh Steelers tied them with their fifth Super Bowl victory in 2005 and surpassed the 49ers and Cowboys in 2008 with their league-leading sixth Super Bowl championship.

The Green Bay Packers and New York Giants are not far behind, having both earned their fourth Super Bowl championships during the 49ers drought.

The Forty Niners came close to ending their dry-spell in 2012, losing to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.

Good luck to the Forty Niners, perhaps they can get back on top soon!


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All Six Pittsburgh Steeler Rings Show Up On Twitter

July 6, 2014


A spectacular photograph of all six Pittsburgh Steeler Rings shows the differences in size and bling.

all 6 Pittsburgh Steeler Super Bowl Rings


What a great photo turned up this week on twitter.   While the identities of the two men and details of the occasion are murky, the photo pretty much says it all.

From left to right:

The Steelers first super bowl ring, from Super Bowl IX.

Next is the superbowl XIII ring.

Next to it is the four large diamond, Super Bowl XIV ring. This would be the Steelers last Super Bowl championship ring for more than 25 years.

The last ring shown on the first hand is the Super Bowl X ring. It’s hard to see, but that ring has two large diamonds, symbolizing the team’s second superbowl victory.

The next hand has the two more recent rings.

On the left is the huge, superbowl XLVIII ring and to the right is the smaller, Super Bowl XL ring.

I’ve written a lot about each of these six rings, so if you would like more information, please use the search button on the right of this web-page and you can pull up plenty of photos and information about each of these rings.

Here’s the link to visit the twitter page: https://twitter.com/steelers/status/483754369817395200/photo/1


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