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The Championship Rings From Super Bowl XVIII

April 18, 2015


Continuing my slow and steady blog series on the two championship rings from every Super Bowl, here’s the next special pair – a close up look at the two championship rings from Super Bowl XVIII.

Championship rings from Super Bowl XVIII


As I’ve written before, I sincerely apologize that the championship ring picture shows my web-site address. The reason is that If I didn’t overlay it in the picture, other web sites would steal my photos, especially those eBay sellers who pop up all the time and make those cheap replicas in China. The fakes and replicas don’t look anywhere near as realistic as authentic championship rings. These “sellers” show pictures of authentic championship rings and claim the pictures are of their replica championship rings!

Almost every image I show in this blog series is photographed from my personal championship ring collection. As you know, these rings are very rare in the hobby-place and are seldom (or perhaps never) photographed in pairs from the specific Super Bowl games. I hope you will forgive my desire to keep these photos from being misused. When I do showcase an image that was found on the internet, I promise, I won’t place my web-site address inside the picture.

The ring on the left is the Los Angeles Raiders last winning Super Bowl Ring from their 1983 season. As I have written about on this blog before, no team in sports made the effort that Al Davis did in keeping his championship rings as close to the same design over the years. This is evident when viewing their first AFL championship ring in 1967, all the way up to their final super bowl appearance in 2002.

Although the Raider championship rings were always very similar in design, the world had never seen a championship ring like this before – three football-shaped diamond configurations on the top of the ring – symbolizing their three Super Bowl victories.

The Raiders Super Bowl XVIII ring show above, was designed and manufactured by Lenox (now owned by Jostens) in 14K solid white gold. The ring contains three large diamonds and 20 smaller diamonds. The championship ring weighs in at approximately 46 grams.

Like so many other winning Super Bowl rings, the Raiders Super Bowl XVIII ring is extremely rare and in high demand by Raiders fans and highly coveted by championship ring collectors. Unlike almost all the other championship rings we have covered in the blog series, Raider Super Bowl XVIII rings have sold quite a few times in auctions. Prices are all over the place from $80,750 for Lyle Alzado’s ring to $26,620 for Ted Watts ring.

In a tradition that continues to this day, the team that loses the Super Bowl is recognized as a champion of their respective conference. The Washington Redskins NFC championship ring shown above weighed in at 45 grams and packed 18 small diamonds into the ring to give it some nice bling.

As with their winning super bowl rings from 1982, the Redskins onyx stone closely matches the team’s colors.

A few of these championship rings have sold privately, but I only know of a single Redskins NFC championship ring that has sold at auction. The player’s ring fetched $7,000.00 on ebay back in 2013.

The Redskins 1983 NFC championship ring was designed and produced by Jostens in 10K yellow gold.

As always, I want to close and remind you that I buy super bowl rings and buy championship rings too, so kindly let me know if you have a championship ring you want to sell.


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The Championship Rings From Super Bowl XVII

April 11, 2015


Continuing my extensive blogs on the two championship rings from every Super Bowl, here’s the next spectacular pair – an inside look at the two championship rings from Super Bowl XVII.

Super Bowl XVII rings


As I’ve written before, please do accept my sincere apology that the championship ring picture shows my web-site address. You see, If I didn’t place it in the picture, fly-by-night web sites would take my photos, especially those eBay sellers who pop up all the time and make those very cheap replicas in China. These fakes and replicas don’t look as realistic as authentic championship rings. These “sellers” show images of real championship rings and claim the pictures are of their replica championship rings!

Almost every image I show in this blog series are from my personal championship ring collection. As you know, these rings are awfully rare in the hobby-place and are seldom (or perhaps never) photographed in pairs from the specific Super Bowl games. So please forgive my desire to keep these photos from being misused. When I do showcase an image that was found on the internet, I promise, I won’t place my annoying web-site address on the picture.

The ring on the left is the Washington Redskins first winning Super Bowl Ring from their 1982 season. While no team had more super bowl victories than the 49ers in the 1980s (4 titles), the Redskins were the second most successful team, appearing in four super bowls (one of them was in the 90s) and winning three titles in a span of 10 seasons so get ready to see a few more Redskin championship rings in the upcoming blog series.

The Redskins Super Bowl XVII ring show above, was designed and manufactured by Jostens in 10K solid yellow gold. The ring contains one large diamond and 16 smaller diamonds. The championship ring weighs in at approximately 46 grams.

Like so many other winning Super Bowl rings, the Redskins Super Bowl XVII ring is extremely rare and in high demand by Redskins fans and highly coveted by championship ring collectors. Only two rings have been sold publicly, and they were front office rings. A couple of player rings have sold privately too.

In a tradition that continues to this day, the team that loses the Super Bowl is recognized as a champion of their respective conference. The Miami Dolphins AFC championship ring shown above lacked the bling that was becoming more prevalent with championship rings, however, it’s an elegant design.

As with their winning super bowl rings from the 70s, the Dolphins onyx stone closely matches the team’s colors.

I only know of a single Dolphins ring that has sold at auction. The player’s ring fetched $7,475.00 at auction.

The Dolphins 1981 AFC ring was designed and produced by Jostens in 10K yellow gold and weighs 39 grams.

As always, I want to close and remind readers, I buy super bowl rings and buy championship rings too, so kindly let me know if you have a championship ring you want to sell.


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The Championship Rings From Super Bowl VII

January 21, 2015


Continuing my blog series on the two championship rings issued from every single Super Bowl, here’s a look at the two rings from Super Bowl VII:

Super Bowl VII Championship Rings


Again, my apologies that the photo contains my website address. If I didn’t put this in the picture, other web sites would steal my pictures and worse, those ebay sellers who make cheap replicas that don’t look anywhere near as realistic as the legitimate championship rings, will use the photos to claim the pictures are of their replica championship rings!

Almost all the pictures that I show on this blog series are from my own personal championship ring collection. These rings are extremely rare and seldom (or perhaps never) photographed in pairs from specific Super Bowl games. So please excuse the on-going effort to keep the photos from being misused and misrepresented. When I use a picture found on the internet, I don’t put my website address on the photo.

The ring on the left is the Miami Dolphins first winning Super Bowl Ring from their perfect 14-0 season (17-0 when you count their playoff wins).

Designed and manufactured by Jostens in 14K solid yellow gold, it contained one large diamond and 16 smaller diamonds. The total of 17 diamonds symbolized their perfect record. This ring weighs 45 grams.

Like so many other winning Super Bowl rings, the Miami Dolphins Super Bowl VII ring is extremely rare and highly coveted by championship ring collectors. Very few of these rings have made it to collectors.

In a tradition that continues to this day, the team that loses the Super Bowl is still recognized as a champion of their respective conference. The Washington Redskins ring from this game was made by Jostens in 14K yellow solid gold. The ring is slightly heavier than the Dolphins ring, weighing in at 47 grams (2 grams heavier than the Dolphins ring).

A surprising fact about the Redskins ring is that there are a lot of fakes in the market place offered for sale as a real salesman sample championship ring. Even a well-known Championship ring dealer was fooled by the high quality replica and has or had a fake ring for sale on their site as a real salesman sample. Two ways to tell a real ring from a fake ring is that the original Jostens stamp on the inside of the ring was a very deep and robust engraving, not a shallow, faint marking.

Another way to tell a fake Redskin ring is to look at the top of the ring and zero-in on the Indian’s hair. The real ring will have fine details in the hair and also the feathers. The replica rings are not made with as much detail.

Please remember that I buy super bowl rings and I buy championship rings, so please let me know if you have a championship ring you would like to sell.


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The Championship Rings of the Washington Redskins

December 26, 2014


In a recent tweet, a fan took a picture wearing Joe Jacoby’s Super Bowl rings:

Washington Redskins Championship Rings


The rings shown in the picture are as follows (from Left to Right):

The 1991, Super Bowl XXVI ring, made by Tiffany and Company in 10K solid yellow gold.

The 1983 NFC Championship ring made by Jostens in 10K solid yellow gold (The Redskins lost to the Los Angeles Raiders that year in Super Bowl XVIII).

The 1987 Super Bowl XXII ring, made by Tiffany and Company. The ring is 10K solid yellow gold.

The ring on the far left is Joe Jacoby’s first Super Bowl ring, from Super Bowl XVII. The ring was made by Jostens in 10K solid yellow gold.

Joe Jacoby was one heck of a football player. He was named to the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team, was a 3x Super Bowl Champion, a 4x Pro Bowl player, and was also selected as one of the 70 Greatest Redskins.

Things did not start out well for Jacoby who, after college, was snubbed in the NFL draft. He signed a free agent contract with the Redskins in 1981 and had to claw his way through rookie camp, and training camp.

With teammates, Jeff Bostic, Mark May, George Starke and Russ Grimm, Joe Jacoby was a founding member of the Redskins’ famous “Hogs” offensive
line, which became one of the best offensive lines in football history.

Joe Jacoby was the lead blocker on John Riggins’ famous touchdown run which helped ensure the Redskins’ Super Bowl XVII win over the Miami Dolphins in 1983. In that Super Bowl game, the Redskins set a Super Bowl record for most rushing yards with 276. The Hogs helped the Redskins break that record five years later in Super Bowl XXII, in which the Redskins trampled all over the Broncos with 280 rushing yards en route to the second of the Redskins’ three Super Bowl championships.

Joe Jacoby became an Assistant Football Coach at Shenandoah University in Virginia. He began as a part-time volunteer in 2008 and was later hired as a full-time employee in 2009.

This year, Jacoby was hired as the Offensive Line Coach for Concordia University Chicago.

Please remember, I buy Super Bowl rings and other championship rings too. If you are thinking about selling a championship ring, please contact me.


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Fake Salesman Samples Are Abundant on Ebay


An unsuspecting buyer purchased what he thought was a real salesman-sample NFC Championship ring and put it on ebay…..Then he got an earful from me.

Fake NFC Championship 1972 Super Bowl VII Salesman Sample Washington Redskins Ring

There’s a guy in the Philadelphia area who single handedly ruined the salesman ring sample market place. Literally all by himself.

Salesman sample rings used to be rings that were made by ring manufacturer’s and sold to salesmen in the field.

Jostens and Balfour employ hundreds of salespeople throughout the country. Most of these salespeople visit High Schools and Colleges and sell class rings. They buy rings from the manufacturers because showing a little bling never hurts when trying to impress potential customers. The sales people are not supposed to resell the rings, and the manufactures will usually allow them to return the rings for credit or refund.

Sometimes a real salesman sample ring will fall into the market place and in the old days they would go for a lot of money. More and more of the rings in the market place today are fake, and the guy in the Philly area has sold dozens (or perhaps hundreds of fake rings). To add insult to injury, “Irv”, has his fakes engraved with “Balfour” or “Jostens” or the famous “J” logo inside the ring.

This week on ebay, a 1972 NFC Championship Ring appeared. The seller claimed it was a real salesman sample. I contacted him to politely inform him it was not real. At first, he was insulted and sure it was a real ring. “Hey, the ring has a stamp inside that it was made for Jenkins.” The only problem with the ring was that it was not real, Jenkins was not authorized to make the ring, Jostens was.

Furthermore, the ring was too light to be the same size as a real ring and the Indian head has much less detail than a real ring, and the pony tail and shape of the hair-part were quite different. You will notice on the real ring, the hair-part is straight and it’s curved on the fake ring. On the real ring, the pony-tail has a lot of detail, while the fake ring has virtually none. The fake ring was probably made using a wax-mold process where a real ring was used and a wax mold was made. Typically this process results in a fake ring that’s 20% smaller than the original. After speaking with the seller, it was apparent that the difference in weight from the real ring to the fake ring was about 20%!

The seller refused to remove the word “Salesman sample” from the auction and disbelieved everything I told him. Finally I told him I would buy the ring on ebay using paypal and American Express. I own a real ring so a side by side comparison will clearly show it’s a fake ring. If I prove it’s fake I will alert American Express that the seller committed fraud and to please get my money back from Paypal. In the past American Express has done this and forced paypal to take the money back from the seller. I told him I would send the ring to the NFL or Jostens and he would lose his money and the ring. He finally backed down and agreed to take the words “Salesman Sample” out of the auction.

Folks, please don’t get fooled by salesman samples rings. I have never seen a real “Jeter” Yankee Ring salesman sample and I have never seen a real 1950′s or 1960′s Yankee salesman sample ring. I have seen plenty of fakes. Someday, I hope to write in detail about Irv and his fake Yankee rings.

Irv, if you are reading this, I encourage you to sue me for slander or defamation of character. Go ahead. I look forward to the discovery process where my lawyer(s) can ask away and get to the truth about all the rings you acquired, and how you sold them to unsuspecting victims.


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