July 4, 2015

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1975 Golden State Warriors Championship Ring

You can bet the 2015 version will be a little fancier, but the 1975 Golden State Warriors championship rings prove this isn’t the first time the franchise has celebrated an NBA title.  In fact, fans who attended a March game at Oracle Arena got their own replica version, complete with a cloth bag to carry it in.

Golden State Warriors championship replica ringThe team held a 1975 Replica Championship Ring Night on March 23 against the Washington Wizards, almost 40 years after the team led by coach Al Attles and Hall of Famer Rick Barry brought a title to the Bay Area.

Teams didn’t spend the kind of money on championship rings back in the 1970s and the value of the authentic rings now has more to do with the history than the value of the jewel.  We couldn’t find any example of a real 1975 Warriors ring being sold at auction—at least not in recent years.

TWarriors championship ring 1975 salesmans sample Rick Barryhe 1974-75 Warriors title ring is fairly plan and the replica rings match them pretty closely, with the exception of the diamond in the middle, of course.  They’re gold with black trim with a fake stone in the middle.  Fans ate them up and today, you can find them on eBay, generally selling for $90-100.

It’ll be a couple of months before we know what the 2015 model will look like but replicas will soon follow and it’s a good bet they’ll have another promotional giveaway too.

2014 San Francisco Giants World Series Replica Rings, Real One Up for Grabs

On the same day the players received Major League Baseball’s ultimate prize in a pre-game ceremony, fans at AT&T Park received their own 2014 San Francisco Giants World Series replica ring.

Members of the 2014 team, coaches, manager Bruce Bochy and trainers received their rings from team executives during a pre-game ceremony on Saturday, April 18. Giants Hall of Famers Gaylord Perry, Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal, Willie McCovey and Willie Mays also received their rings at the ceremony.

San Francisco Giants replica World Series ring 20142014 World Series replica ringA sellout crowd received their own ring, complete in a box with photos commemorating the 2014 World Series victory.  While its value pales in comparison to the actual presentation rings, the Giants World Series replica rings were brisk sellers immediately after a few dozen fans listed theirs for sale on eBay.  Prices generally hovered between $75 and $125.  You can see rings currently listed on eBay here.

Meanwhile, the ring ceremony was old hat for the Giants but not taken for granted by President Larry Baer.

"We are incredibly fortunate to be living in a golden era of Giants baseball," said Baer. "This ring celebrates not only the 2014 championship, but also the journey this club has taken in winning three championships in five years. I know everyone in the organization - the players, coaches, owners and front office employees - will wear this ring with great pride."

San Francisco Giants 2014 World Series ringDesigned and produced by Tiffany & Co., the 2014 Giants World Series rings were designed as a tribute to the team’s remarkable run of three championships in five years as well as the eight total Series wins in the 133-year history of the franchise, dating back to its days in New York.

The face of the 14k white gold championship ring features the San Francisco "SF" logo set in 18k yellow gold with 55 round melee diamonds. A bezel reading "World Champions" is highlighted along both sides of the ring. The top bezel is set with three round diamonds and the bottom bezel is set with five round diamonds representing the three championships in the last five years and the eight total franchise world championships.   One side of the ring features the player's name and number with the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. The other side celebrates the franchise's three recent World Series trophies.

"We are thrilled to celebrate with the City of San Francisco and the Giants on another championship season," said Victoria Reynolds, Group Director of Business Sales for Tiffany & Co. "We are honored to have created the last three championship rings which pay tribute to the Giants' dedication and performance on and off the field."

The Giants Community Fund will once again be the beneficiary of a World Champions Ring Raffle. The raffle will be conducted by Celebrities for Charity and offers fans the chance to win a 2014 World Championship Ring, identical to the rings given to the players and coaches. The ring will be personalized with the winner's last name.

Raffle tickets and information are available online at sfgiants.com/ringraffle.

2014 Spurs Replica Championship Ring a Hot Seller

The market for San Antonio Spurs replica championship rings is alive and well.  San Antonio won the NBA title in June of 2014 and on opening night of the 2014-15 season, the franchise teamed with s sponsor to give away thousands of replica rings as the championship banner was raised.  Fans entering the AT&T Center before the 101-100 win over the Dallas 2014 Spurs championship replica ringMavericks each received a ring.

It was a nice gesture but once a few of them showed up on eBay, it was clear demand was high among those who weren’t able to get their hands on the metal rings.  Most have been selling for over $200 with a top price of $300.

The Spurs replica rings aren’t available through the team’s store and come in a cloth bag.  They are, of course, not as valuable as the diamond and gold heavy authentic rings but otherwise mimic the real deal.

If you don’t want to pay that much, copper versions are available from other sellers who specialize in replica title rings and they run about $60.  There’s also a Spurs championship ring that commemorates all five of their NBA titles or a collection of five separate rings, one for each championship.

You can see the 2014 Spurs replica championship rings on eBay here.

2013 Florida State Replica National Championship Rings

The 2013 Florida State replica national championship rings are hitting the market.  Just because you didn’t line up at left tackle doesn’t mean you can’t own one.

The rings, pieced together in Hong Kong, appear virtually identical to those given to players, coaches and staff, but a lot expensive.  18k gold plated and made of copper (silver rings can also be ordered), the rings featured studded AAA cubic zirconia stones set by hand.

Florida State National Championship replica ringA copy of the ring designed by coach Jimbo Fisher, they have the school logo in the center, the words ‘national champions’ around the edge and the score of the January 6 BCS national championship game on the side.

The rings are solid, weighing 45-60 grams and come with a pretty nice wooden box. The eBay listings allow you to order whatever size you need, usually at a price of around $200.

The 2013 season was one to remember for Seminoles fans.  Beating Auburn 34-31 completed FSU’s third national championship season and a perfect 14-0 record.  It ended an SEC run of seven straight national titles.

Of course, Florida State fans will remember the great kickoff return by Levonte Whitfield and the heroics of young Jameis Winston as well as the incredible job done by Fisher, whose team dominated Duke in the ACC title game 45-7.  They’re wearing their rings already, having been given out at a ceremony in Tallahassee.

“What I want you to do when you put it on – I want you to think about the teamwork you had, the camaraderie you had, the family atmosphere you had and the sacrifices you made to get it,” Fisher told players. “You can’t ever lose the desire, drive and habits that got you that ring.”

The rings are only available from a couple of sellers, who are based overseas but have 100% feedback (rings are typically made outside the US).  Click here to see them.

You can also purchase Florida State replica bowl game, conference and national championship rings for other seasons as well.

Florida State Championship Rings

Their latest national championship aside, there’s quite a history for Florida State championship rings and bowl game rings.  The Seminoles’ proud tradition goes back decades and for collectors or those who just want to wear an authentic piece of the school’s football history, it’s not hard to find a ring that’ll fit the bill.

Prices and styles vary, of course, but most are unique.  You can buy a replica of the team’s 1999 NCAA championship ring for $179 or you can spend $8-12,000 and buy a Florida State Cotton Bowl ring 1992ring that was given to a player on that team.

Bowl game rings vary in price based on the quality of the bowl game, the quality of the ring and whether it was worn by a player or staff member.

1993 Orange Bowl ring Florida StateA player’s ring from the 1995 Sugar Bowl has sold for a little under $3,000.  Another player’s ACC championship ring went for $2,000.  A 1981 Florida State Orange Bowl ring sold for just  $500 on eBay not long ago. A ring from the 2005 Gator Bowl could be had for $850 and a Chick-Fil-A Bowl ring from 2010 sold for between $900 and $1,000.

Robert Morgan’s 1999 Fiesta Bowl ring was offered on eBay for a $3,500 minimum bid or $4,500 on a straight purchase through Buy it Now.

A staff member’s Cotton Bowl ring from 1992 was put up for sale at $3,000 and you could buy a 2001 Orange Bowl ring for $2,250.  A 1990 Blockbuster Bowl ring was only $1,250.

Players, coaches and staff sell their rings for a variety of reasons.  Some need the money.  Others just don’t care about the jewelry and sometimes the person dies and their estate opts to sell his possessions.

Florida State 1998 ACC Championship ringRings and championship pendants that look just like them are very popular with collectors.  They’re flashy.  They’re memorabilia you can wear and very few ever come to market, meaning that there’s a good chance the rings, if properly cared for, will hold their value quite well.   For many, it’s an irresistible combination.

The Seminoles’ 2013 NCAA Football championship ring will be designed in the off-season and presented at a later date, but you can buy an ‘unofficial’ handmade creation, commemorating the win over Auburn now for under $200.

Click here to check out Florida State championship rings available now on eBay.