May 2, 2016

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NBA Championship Rings

We’ve seen an uptick in the number of NBA championship rings available for sale in recent years.  Some auction companies and dealers have gravitated toward underappreciated memorabilia for the last several years and the prices paid for some of the NBA Championship rings have been impressive.

The 2011 auction of Red Auerbach’s memorabilia collection generated wild enthusiasm among Celtics fans and basketball collectors.  Auerbach’s 1960s-era title rings sold for an average of about $80,000.  His 1974-75 ring brought over $41,000, all through SCP Auctions.

Yet even Hall of Famers who played for less iconic teams can sell their rings for big money.  Dennis Johnson’s 1979 Seattle Sonics NBA Finals ring brought over $71,000 through Grey Flannel Auctions.

The good news is that you can often find replica championship NBA rings that look like the real deal, but are far more attainable to fans and collectors.

Authentic NBA Championship rings are among the most rare in all of sports.  The number of players on a team is much smaller than those on World Series or NFL championship teams.  Even counting executives, staff and other recipients, fewer than 100 are likely to exist for any one club so when they do come up for bid, interest is strong.

Dick Barnett’s 1973 Knicks championship ring sold for $39,100 in the spring of 2011.  The Knicks, Celtics, Lakers and Bulls are four franchises for which collectors tend to spend more money.  Wealthy NBA fans know how difficult they are to find and are willing to spend what it takes to own one.

Authentic NBA Championship rings may not be in your budget, but collectors can move toward the replica ring market for much, much less.  Modern technology and interest has put this more realistic option into the forefront for fans and collectors.  The replica rings may not include real diamonds, but otherwise they’re made to look just like the originals and can be purchased very reasonably on eBay.

1991-92 Gardner Chicago Bulls NBA Championship
1991-92 Gardner Chicago Bulls NBA Championship "DIR" Ring Authentic
$29,999.00
Time Remaining: 24d 33m
Buy It Now for only: $29,999.00
1994 CALVIN MURPHY HOUSTON ROCKETS NBA CHAMPIONSHIP RING 14K DIAMONDS BOX WOW TV
1994 CALVIN MURPHY HOUSTON ROCKETS NBA CHAMPIONSHIP RING 14K DIAMONDS BOX WOW TV
$25,000.00
Time Remaining: 19d 1h 24m
Buy It Now for only: $25,000.00
2011 Dallas Mavericks Championship Ring NBA 2.75cts
2011 Dallas Mavericks Championship Ring NBA 2.75cts
$17,500.00
Time Remaining: 16d 19h 30m
Buy It Now for only: $17,500.00
2006 MIAMI HEAT NBA CHAMPIONS CHAMPIONSHIP RING & ORIG PRES BOX ! 10k DIAMONDS
2006 MIAMI HEAT NBA CHAMPIONS CHAMPIONSHIP RING & ORIG PRES BOX ! 10k DIAMONDS
$12,500.00
Time Remaining: 24d 5h 27m
Buy It Now for only: $12,500.00
A REAL 1987 L.A. LAKERS NBA CHAMPIONSHIP RING
A REAL 1987 L.A. LAKERS NBA CHAMPIONSHIP RING
$9,900.00
Time Remaining: 4d 17h 24m
Buy It Now for only: $9,900.00
2014 NBA Championship Ring San Antonio Spurs
2014 NBA Championship Ring San Antonio Spurs
$5,000.00
Time Remaining: 8d 17h 56m
Buy It Now for only: $5,000.00
1981 BOSTON CELTICS NBA CHAMPIONS CHAMPIONSHIP RING LARRY BIRD HOFER 10K GOLD
1981 BOSTON CELTICS NBA CHAMPIONS CHAMPIONSHIP RING LARRY BIRD HOFER 10K GOLD
$3,999.99
Time Remaining: 2d 5h 7m
Buy It Now for only: $3,999.99
1992 CHICAGO BULLS NBA CHAMPIONSHIP RING
1992 CHICAGO BULLS NBA CHAMPIONSHIP RING
$3,900.00
Time Remaining: 4d 17h 24m
Buy It Now for only: $3,900.00
1983 PHILADELPHIA 76ERS NBA CHAMPIONS CHAMPIONSHIP RING DR J JULIUS ERVING 10K
1983 PHILADELPHIA 76ERS NBA CHAMPIONS CHAMPIONSHIP RING DR J JULIUS ERVING 10K
$2,999.99
Time Remaining: 18d 5h 46m
Buy It Now for only: $2,999.99
1974 BOSTON CELTICS NBA CHAMPIONS CHAMPIONSHIP RING - JO JO WHITE - 10K GOLD
1974 BOSTON CELTICS NBA CHAMPIONS CHAMPIONSHIP RING - JO JO WHITE - 10K GOLD
$1,999.99
Time Remaining: 5d 4h 49m
Buy It Now for only: $2,999.99
MICHAEL JORDAN 6 RING NBA CHAMPIONSHIP COLLAGE CHICAGO BULLS FRAMED AIR PIPPEN
MICHAEL JORDAN 6 RING NBA CHAMPIONSHIP COLLAGE CHICAGO BULLS FRAMED AIR PIPPEN
$1,299.00
Time Remaining: 10d 42m
Buy It Now for only: $1,299.00
2006 MIAMI HEAT NBA CHAMPIONSHIP REPLICA SAMPLE RING
2006 MIAMI HEAT NBA CHAMPIONSHIP REPLICA SAMPLE RING
$595.00
Time Remaining: 19d 2h 31m
Buy It Now for only: $595.00

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