October 24, 2014

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Hall of Fame Rings Are Unique, Valuable

While All-Star, World Series, Super Bowl and championship rings may represent success, they can’t top the ultimate honor of being elected to the Hall of Fame.  No matter if it’s Cooperstown, Canton, Springfield or Toronto, enshrinement culminates the careers of sports’ greatest athletes, coaches and executives.  Hall of Fame rings are extremely personal, highly collectible, one-of-a-kind pieces of sports memorabilia.

In the spring of 2013, the family of Pete Maravich sold his Hall of Fame ring at auction for $88,826.

Pete Maravich Hall of Fame ringSurprisingly, though, they do come on the market.  Robin Roberts’ Hall of Fame ring recently sold at auction for over $50,000 as part of an estate sale event held at Citizen’s Bank Ballpark and online.

Earl Weaver sold his collection of championship rings in the spring of 2011, including his Hall of Fame ring, which brought over $31,000 through Hunt Auctions.

Many hockey standouts have sold their rings through Classic Auctions.  On eBay, one could find Willie Wood’s Pro Football Hall of Fame ring and a salesman’s sample of a 1960s Bronko Nagurski Hall of Fame ring.  The latter was priced at $1500—certainly a unique piece at a fairly affordable level.

Hall of Fame rings aren’t nearly as decorative as their championship counterparts, but their scarcity makes them highly sought after by collectors.

You can find a few authentic HOF rings on eBay occasionally as well as some replicas like a Babe Ruth Induction ring and a replica of Willie Wood's Pro Football Hall of Fame ring.  Click here to see what's available.