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The Giant Super Bowl Rings at MetLife Stadium

November 20, 2017

This weekend I was at Giant Stadium to see the Giants improbable win against the Chiefs. Here are some photos I took of the four Giant Super Bowl rings:

Giant Super Bowl rings at Metlife stadium legacy club
Giant Super Bowl rings at Metlife stadium legacy club

Forgive me, the photos shown above of the Giants four Lombardi trophies and four Super Bowl rings are poor quality and shot from an awkward angle. The photos were taken at the Giants Legacy Club, a large room (or small museum) inside MetLife stadium that has incredible Giants memorabilia.

With tons of people posing in front of the large Lombardi trophies (and two old-style NFC championship trophies) and the four championship rings, it was challenging to get an unobstructed picture.

The Four Super bowl rings shown are salesman samples – but are exact player versions of the team’s championship rings. Shown from left to right is the Super Bowl XXI ring, the Super Bowl XXV ring, the XLII and XLVI rings (1986, 1990, 2007, and 2011).

Curiously, the iconic championship ring from their 1956 season was not represented.

The four super bowl rings must be a recent addition to the display. I tried to google better photographs of the four Super Bowl rings in the display, but came up empty – all the photos I found contained the four Lombardi trophies but no championship rings, so I was forced to use my photographs.

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

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Rare Salesman Sample Championship Ring on eBay

November 17, 2017

Here’s an extremely rare chance to acquire an authentic Salesman Sample Ravens Super Bowl ring:

Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Ring salesman sample

I’m not affiliated with the seller of this championship ring, or the ring itself. I’m just here to blog about the world of championship rings.

A funny thing happened in the world of salesman sample championship rings over the last 15 years or so: Companies like Jostens and Balfour started producing a lot less of them then they had back in the 1970s, and 1980s.

Having become friends with real ring salespeople, I learned a lot the world of salesman samples. Jostens and Balfour are extremely protective of their samples and go through great lengths to try to make sure these same-mold-as-the-player’s-versions don’t wind up for resale. True salespeople for the companies can buy these rings but must return them (for a refund) at some point and can get in huge trouble if the championship rings are not returned.

Perhaps tired of all the crap that goes into this, Jostens and Balfour make and provide salespeople with very few if any salesman samples of current rings. In fact, I can count on one finger how many actual, authentic salesman sample Super Bowl rings I’ve seen available for sale from the 2000 or later seasons. Although I’ve seen many called salesman samples that were not authentic.

There are plenty of fake “salesman sample” rings for sale out there. And people like Irv Lerner polluted the hobby with his fake salesman samples that he helped to make and distribute. He caused such a bad vibe with championship ring collectors that he was partially (or perhaps more than partially) responsible for the great fall in salesman sample demand by collectors and the subsequent price fall with these rings.

The asking prices of 2000 or later Super Bowl salesman sample rings though remain extremely high since they are incredibly rare. Just about every salesman sample Ravens ring I have ever seen was completely fake.

So when I saw this ebay listing with a very fair price, and better yet, offers being accepted, I had to see the pictures for myself. The championship ring in the photograph on the person’s hand looks genuine! We all know about the crazy things that can go on with buying on eBay, and there’s no guarantee that a seller will ship the item photographed, so buyers should be careful when buying items on ebay. But the Ravens Super Bowl ring shown in the photograph above appears to be authentic, but without seeing it in person I can’t be 100% sure.

Please remember as always, I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring (no salesman samples please) in complete privacy, please contact me.

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Don’t Use Fake Super Bowl Rings To Make a Point

November 16, 2017

Many of us get a chuckle when passionate fans flame each other with their banter. Here’s a tweet that almost succeeded, if it weren’t for the silly fake championship rings:

Cowboy Super Bowl rings

These “fan-wars” are a lot more enjoyable when our beloved team is not on the receiving end of these battles, so my apologies to Eagles fans – and I love all championship rings (if they are designed well), so no disrespect to the Eagles is intended.

As you probably already know, Cowboy fans, Steeler fans, and especially Patriots fans, love to remind the championship ring “have-nots” about all their great Super Bowl rings and triumphs. That especially hits home to teams like the Eagles, Browns and a few others that are looking for their first Super Bowl ring. The Jets and Chiefs, who are almost at the fifty year mark since their first and only Super Bowl rings are not in much better shape.

But the Cowboy fan above, really blew it in his retort. He could’ve really made a statement by showing a photo of five authentic Cowboy Super Bowl rings – yet came up with this photograph of five imitation and cheaply made Super Bowl ring knockoffs.

Perhaps he’s the proud owner of these “gems”. If he is, he would have been better off searching the internet for a photo of the real deal. The Cowboy Super Bowl rings, like the Patriots ones, are gorgeous and there’s not a single dud in the design of any of them.

As always, please remember I buy championship rings. Real ones, not these knock off championship rings. If you would like complete privacy, and sell your championship ring, please contact me.

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China is Pumping Out Unauthorized Astros World Series Rings

November 15, 2017

Certainly didn’t take very long for these cheap, fake, championship ring replicas to hit the market:

Astros 2017 replica world series rings

Special thanks to Dale, a long-time reader and contributor of this championship ring blog. Dale sent the link above, six days ago. Amazingly, folks in China are already producing and selling 2017 Astros World Series rings as shown in the above image.

Who knows what the heck the Astros 2017 World Series ring will ultimately look like; but those who can’t wait any longer can now buy a championship ring for under $20.00!

I’m not endorsing these cheap unauthorized replicas, I don’t sell them and have no affiliation with anyone that does. I’m just hear to discuss the world of championship rings.

Buy at your own risk, since the fake diamonds are held together by glue, not prongs like the ones found on real championship rings. That means those fake, worthless diamonds can loosen and fall out of the ring when wearing these bogus championship rings.

As I often wonder, how do the organizations such as Jostens, Balfour, Tiffany, the major league teams and the major league offices allow this crap to sell here in the U.S.?

Meanwhile, please remember as always, I buy championship rings, just not fake ones. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.

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Are We Looking At The Future Astros 2017 World Series Rings?

November 9, 2017

Probably not, but here’s a championship ring maker’s vision of what the World Series ring should look like:

2017 Houston Astros World Series Ring

Fred Cuellar, started designing his vision of the Houston Astros’ 2017 World Series ring shortly after the team defeated the Yankees in the seventh game of the ALCS.

“Everything starts with belief,” Cuellar said. “Everyone said to me, ‘Fred, they haven’t even made it through the World Series. Why are you making the design,’ and I said, ‘You just gotta believe.’”

Cuellar is the CEO and owner of Houston-based Diamond Cutters International. Cuellar has designed championship rings for the Dallas Cowboys and New Jersey Devils. Now, somehow he’s hoping to break into baseball, where most World Series rings are designed and made by Jostens, Balfour and Tiffany and Company.

While the odds are high that one of three championship ring manufacturers mentioned above will get the assignment, Cuellar isn’t the only Houston Jeweler wishing to be chosen to design the next World Series championship rings.

Johnny Dang and his business partner Paul Slayton, better known by his stage name Paul Wall, wish to furnish the Astros with their version of the next World Series ring.

“Most World Series rings are pretty standard, just gold and diamond, but we’re a custom shop, we can do anything,” Dang said, who is known for making extravagant, diamond-encrusted custom jewelry. “If we can do the rings, I want to ice them out like something they’ve never seen.”

Here’s an article and video on this story:

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

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