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A Career Championship Ring Done The Right Way

April 16, 2018


There have been very few authentic career championship rings offered to the public over the years (but plenty of fakes made in China). Here’s an authentic ring that has become a collector’s item:


mickey mantle career championship ring


Scanning eBay for championship rings today, I came across this Mickey Mantle career championship ring. It reminded me how few authentic career rings have been issued the right way. What I mean by the right way is that this great-looking championship ring was not made in China. It was designed and crafted by Balfour – who has made every Yankee championship ring for the last fifty years.

Balfour even went so far as to get permission from the Yankees and the Mantle family and then produced this championship ring in limited quantities. If you want to purchase this championship ring, they do pop up occasionally in auction houses and on eBay. If you’re searching for one, I recommend you acquire this ring with the appropriate wood presentation box, otherwise the box alone will be more challenging to find than the ring. (The eBay offering does come with the box).

The solid yellow gold 10K ring contains 6 real diamonds, although I’m shocked Balfour did not design the championship ring with seven diamonds – Mantle’s iconic uniform number. Originally the Mantle career ring was to be produced in a quantity of 536 pieces, matching Mantle’s total home run tally. Possibly due to financial reasons, or perhaps lack of initial interest, the story goes that only 350 were minted.

Although it has been stated that 350 pieces were made, I believe a lot less were produced because every single ring contained a unique serial number and I have never seen a number higher than 153 (the eBay offering is #138).


(Click picture below for a larger picture)Mickey Mantle career championship ring


As you can see in the photo above, the championship ring contains a prominent diamond-pattern “7″ on the top, along with his name and first and last seasons playing for the Yankees. One side, has his most impressive accomplishments and the other, pays homage to Yankee stadium, a facsimile of his autograph, and the date he retired.

The championship ring was issued in a small wooden box with another facsimile autograph. The small wooden presentation box is the same style and size as the Yankees 1996 World Series ring presentation box. This is a strong clue that the Mantle career championship ring was produced around this time period.

With less than 200 of these rings in existence, they come up for auction occasionally and sell in the $3,000 price range.

I would advise against wearing this gorgeous ring – the stats on the baseball bats would wear down fairly quickly, since they protrude the ring and will get rubbed by other fingers from the hand.

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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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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Recent NFL Conference Championship Rings

July 26, 2016


Yesterday I showed how the 49ers and Giants last NFC Conference championship rings, although 12 years apart, are quite similar in design. Now here are examples of how different the designs have become for conference championship rings in recent years:


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About 10 to 13 years ago (2003-2008, not including 2006) conference championship rings by Jostens were basically the same design. You can view my super bowl ring gallery to see examples of every winning and losing ring since the Super Bowl began to see these championship rings.

Lately the trend has been for the championship ring manufacturers to design a completely new conference championship ring each year. However, we might be heading back to the old days, as the newest conference championship ring, belonging to the 2015 Panthers is remarkably similar to the Denver Broncos 2013 championship ring shown above.

The championship rings from left to right are: 2009 Colts championship ring, made by Herff Jones, 2011 Patriots ring made by Herff Jones and Masters of Design, 2012 NFC championship ring made by Tiffany and Company, the 2014 Broncos ring made by Jostens and the Seahawks 2015 NFC championship ring made by Tiffany and Company.

If you’re wondering about the 2010 Steelers AFC championship ring, it does not exist. The team broke tradition and went with a blinged-out watch (which can also be seen at my Super Bowl ring gallery).

My favorite championship ring of the ones shown above is the Pats ring – which has as much bling as many Super Bowl rings and my least favorite is the Seahawks championship ring which has lots of dots and bumps on the face but very few diamonds.

Please remember, I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring and do so privately, I’m your guy. Please contact me.


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Missing Maryland championship returned to rightful owner decades later

May 14, 2016


Pete Holbert, an All American in 1980, gets his championship ring back after more than 30 years.


Maryland ACC Championship Ring


The biggest highlight of Holbert’s career came his senior year when Len Bias, with whom he roomed with, led the Terps over Duke to win the 1984 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship. As a result, Holbert and his team were awarded championship rings.

Three years after graduating, Holbert lost the ring in a packed arena when it slipped off his finger and rolled down the lower level of the packed event. “I didn’t even try to find it. The place was wall-to-wall people. It was crazy.” said Holbert.

One time, someone left Holbert a phone message saying they had the championship ring, but made no effort to return the championship ring.

The championship ring eventually changed owners as they often do and the new owner had it for more than two decades before using the internet to find Holbert.

The man finally left a private message on Holbert’s LinkedIn account about the championship ring.

Holbert and his ring were reunited this week.

The man told Holbert he obtained the championship ring from his father, who had discovered it at a gas station. For many years the father kept the championship ring in a drawer, wrapped in tissue, and only recently decided he should return it to the owner.

Holbert plans to put the ACC championship ring with his other special mementos from his high school and college careers: his McDonald’s All America plaque and championship ring, as well as a piece of the Cole Field House floor.

“Having the championship ring now means more to me than it did then,” Holbert said.

Please remember I buy championship rings all the time. If you would like to conduct a private deal and sell your championship ring, please let me know.


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The Strange Number of Raider Super Bowl Rings

May 5, 2016


There’s something very unusual about all the player Super Bowl XVIII Rings that have sold over the last couple of years:

(Click picture below for a larger picture)Raider Super Bowl rings


The photo above shows the three Super Bowl rings the Raiders have won in the team’s history. The Raiders last Super Bowl ring, from Super Bowl XVIII is shown on the far right.

Something very unusual has happened with the Super Bowl XVIII rings.

So many Super Bowl XVIII player rings have sold over the last few years, that the supply of these championship rings has moved the selling price at auction, even when factoring in the average 20% buyers premium, to around $20,000 or even lower.

While many player Super Bowl rings can fetch more than twice that dollar amount, or more, the last two player Super Bowl XVIII rings at auction fetched $19,327.00 and $20,724.00.

Now here’s the really strange part….

Don’t get hung up on rarity of front office and staff Super Bowl rings – it’s up to the team’s discretion if they want to pay for 10 of them, or 300 of them. That means that some championship seasons, there were a lot more Super Bowl rings distributed than other seasons and that affects supply and demand which then affects prices.

However, since the first Super Bowl, the number of players on an NFL championship team has changed very little. And with so few player championship rings getting destroyed or melted down, the population of player Super Bowl rings should be relatively the same number year in and year out.

Yet, while a few Super Bowl rings from certain years have never, ever, hit the auction circuit, there have been around a dozen different   Raider Super Bowl XVIII rings that have sold. And, if you factor in that a few of them have sold 2 or 3 times publicly, plus other Super Bowl rings that have sold privately, the number is staggering.

A few years ago, some Raider Super Bowl XVIII rings were available without the proper manufacturer’s markings. Lenox, the maker of these Super Bowl rings, had a very unusual, almost impossible mark to duplicate. And I have examined many of the Raider Super Bowl rings in person, and also by blown up photos from auctions and every single one that has the Lenox markings look 100% authentic. And I believe they are completely authentic.

How could so many Raider Super Bowl XVIII rings be in the market place, yet the two Raider Super Bowl rings shown above to the left of their Super Bowl XVIII ring be so much rarer?

It’s a mystery I have no explanation for.

Any ideas out there?

Let me know.

Meanwhile, please remember as always, I buy championship rings. That means if you have a championship ring and you want to sell it privately, please contact me.


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