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The Toronto Argonauts and Their Championship Rings

February 15, 2018

Oliver, our championship ring enthusiast from the North, comes through again with a great email and photographs:

CFL Grey Cup championship rings of the Toronto Argonauts

Here’s the note Oliver sent me this week. Oliver, thanks for this and all your other contributions!

“Hi Mike,

Long time,

The Toronto Argonauts are due to receive their new Grey Cup Rings this June. They are the reigning Grey Cup Champions and attached is an incredible image of the teams previous 5 Grey Cup Rings in a display box.

1991, 1996, 1997, 2004 and 2012.

These absolutely stunning rings feature the teams iconic “A” logo in the center covered in diamonds.

Also attached is a close-up of my favorite of the five rings, the 1997 Grey Cup ring.



Oliver’s favorite Toronto Argonauts championship ring is shown here:

CFL Grey Cup championship rings of the Toronto Argonauts

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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A Nice Looking Championship Ring Display Case Spotted on Twitter

February 14, 2018

The tweet did not mention who made the display case, or how to acquire one, but I wanted to pass along how nice and useful this case is.

championship ring display units

While the display case shown above was probably not specifically made for championship rings, you can see it is a perfectly sized unit, capable of holding 80 rings.

And not to sound too judgmental, you can see that some of the championship rings shown in the photo are not so realistic replicas of the real championship rings that the manufacturer tried to emulate.

I get a lot of emails from blog readers asking how close those Chinese knockoffs are – since many of them use photos of real championship rings. As you know I am not affiliated with knockoffs and don’t sell them, and all I can say is “I have no idea” how close they come to looking like the originals. I often say that the quality probably varies from ring-to-ring and you can see that in the photo above.

So if you are contemplating getting an acrylic display case for your championship rings, here are some ideas to help you.

1) Replica and real championship rings are heavy. Make sure your case either has, or will be built with very thick shelving so it won’t sag in the middle. Ask the seller or builder to glue the middle of the shelf to the back of the unit. Nothing looks worse than sagging shelves.

2) This display unit does not have a key-lock but some do. Get one with a lock so no one walks off with any of your championship rings. And make sure your unit has holes in the back so it can be wall-mounted.

3) The unit shown above does not have a glass mirror backing, but some do. Decide if you want a black back or a mirror.

4) I have no idea what this unit was originally built to display. The few lifters that you can see in the photo are there to hold something – perhaps a golf ball or something else. Don’t get a baseball display unit, they are built to accommodate baseballs and hockey pucks that are much larger than rings, and you will wind up with a lot of wasted space and less room to display rings.

5) Last, if championship rings get much larger, you may not be able to fit future rings in the display unit shown above. Check out on the bottom row the New England Patriots Super Bowl XXXIX ring; it barley fits in the unit.

Last, I’ve had custom quality cases built by Dan, who owns Lin Terry and does exceptional work. You can contact him through his website:

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

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Historic 1929 World Series Ring Coming to Auction

February 13, 2018

SCP Auctions will be handling this rare and historic item:

1929 world sereis ring a's athletics, Jack Quinn

Please note I am not affiliated with this World Series ring or the auction house, I’m just here to blog about the world of championship rings.

The World Series ring shown above was awarded to Jack Quinn and he had quite a major league career. While Quinn didn’t get to the major league until the age of 25, he made up for it, having a long MLB career spanning from 1909 to 1933.

During that long baseball stretch, Quinn won two World Series with the Philadelphia Athletics (1929 and 1930).

The winning bidder of his 1929 World Series ring will have the ring from the oldest player ever to start a World Series game, having turned 47 during the 1929 season.

According to SCP Auctions, the World Series ring will be for sale in their next catalog, set to be start in March. SCP estimates it will sell for $40,000-$50,000. I have no idea if it does, but hopefully this vintage World Series will come with solid paperwork so there will be no future title issues or disputes.

The World Series ring, miniscule by today’s standards, has a single diamond and two crossed baseball bats with “29” to designate the year. The front also displays the team’s long-gone elephant mascot and a globe with the word “Champions” engraved inside a banner.

Very few World Series rings from the 1920′s have come up for sale and Quinn’s special history makes this a highly collectible piece.

The following season Quinn, set another record – becoming the oldest player to finish a game in the World Series.

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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A Reader’s Championship Ring

February 12, 2018

It’s been a while since a reader of this championship ring blog sent photos of his own ring, but here’s a letter from another reader and the story of his gorgeous championship ring.

South Carolina championship rings

Marus works for an NCAA Division II school athletics department at the University of South Carolina Aiken. Here’s his letter and story:

“Hi Mike,

I’m a big fan of your blog and love the world of championship rings. Unfortunately I don’t have the money to collect them otherwise I’d probably do the same thing as you. However I do happen to be in the right place to start getting some of my own.

I work for a small NCAA Division II school’s athletics department, the University of South Carolina Aiken, and last year our women’s volleyball team won the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) along with the Southeast Regional title in the NCAA Tournament. As a staff member I was asked if I wanted to order a ring, as this was our first regional championship for a women’s sport in school history. Naturally I said yes and just recently received my very first (of hopefully many) championship ring!

I’m not interested in selling the ring but I did want to share it with you as a fellow fan. I’ve attached a few pictures of the ring I received along with one of my ring next to the ring our players received (it’s a women’s ring so its naturally smaller but has a beautiful design).

The rings were made by Terry Berry and are sterling silver. The stones are cubic zirconia and as for the large blue one in mine I’m guessing its blue spinel but I’m only guessing.

Thanks for sharing all the beautiful pictures of your collection and I hope you like mine, even if it is rather simple.


Marcus Johnson”

Marcus, congratulations on your stunning ring and hopefully the start of many more for your collection.

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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A look at the Houston Sports Hall of Fame Championship Rings

February 10, 2018

Fred Cuellar has a theory about sports rings. He’s both right and wrong and I’ll explain why….

Hall of fame championship rings

“You graduate high school, and you get a ring, if you’re lucky enough to play in college, you go to a bowl game and you get a ring, but those are all kind of junky rings – even though some of them are big, they aren’t made very well and they aren’t worth very much,” said Cuellar, the CEO of Diamond Cutters International in Houston. “Now, if you’re really lucky and you make it to the pros and you win a Super Bowl or you win a World Series or an NBA Finals or a Stanley Cup, then you get this really nice ring. And, if you’re an elite player, you get a Hall of Fame ring, and honestly, it’s another junky ring. You start off with a crummy ring as a kid, and if you’re lucky enough, you get something beautiful along the way, but then why should it end badly?”

Cuellar called high school and college championship rings “junky”, and said they were not made very well. He happens to be almost 100% wrong. In this day and age, Jostens makes them quite well, and in fact they look fantastic and are sometimes made with the same molds and styles as current Super Bowl rings.

Cuellar shouldn’t be saying they are not well made. While his company has made a few championship rings for sports teams (much less than Jostens, Tiffany and Balfour), two of his creations – The Cowboys Super Bowl XXX ring and the Broncos Super Bowl XXXII ring were awful. The shanks (sides) of these championship rings were the worst I’ve seen on a Super Bowl ring and look positively amateurish. The Broncos, after winning a second consecutive Super Bowl ring, switched companies and went with Jostens the following year, and the championship rings were made so much nicer.

Cuellar is correct in stating that the High School and College championship rings are made inexpensively – with non gold materials and not real diamonds. So in that sense they are cheap, however there is a distinction between low-cost and low quality. They are far from low quality.

According to Cuellar, most Hall of Fame rings cost around $1,000 to make. So, when he was put in charge of making rings for upcoming inductees into the Houston Sports Hall of Fame, his goal was to change that. And in fairness to football, baseball and other Halls of Fames, they have recently stepped up their game and are making larger and more glamorous championship rings for their inductees.

Diamond Cutters International is making Houston Hall of Fame rings for Hakeem Olajuwon, Nolan Ryan and Earl Campbell (shown above) to honor their induction into an upcoming Houston Sports Hall of Fame class. The company has pledged to make the championship style rings for upcoming inductees too.

Cuellar says it’s hard to give an exact value on the rings he’s making for the Houston legends because he’s still in the process of choosing the gemstones, but he expects them to be valued at more than $60,000 each when he’s done. According to my calculations, the Patriots Super Bowl ring from last year cost half that to make so I have no idea where’s he’s getting his numbers from.

Cuellar promises to cover the cost of the championship rings himself, (and why not, it’s great publicity for him and his company). He also promises to supply the Hall of Fame with replicas so they can be displayed for the public.

While Diamond Cutters International stated recently that they are in the process of designing the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl rings, Trust me on this one, it would be a shocker if the Eagles Super Bowl ring contract was awarded to Diamond Cutters International.

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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