July 29, 2014

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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.

1977 Portland Trail Blazers 14K Gold NBA Championship Ring - Ron Culp - w/ LOA
1977 Portland Trail Blazers 14K Gold NBA Championship Ring - Ron Culp - w/ LOA
$37,000.00
Time Remaining: 2d 23h 26m
Buy It Now for only: $37,000.00
A REAL 1987 L.A. LAKERS NBA CHAMPIONSHIP RING
A REAL 1987 L.A. LAKERS NBA CHAMPIONSHIP RING
$9,900.00
Time Remaining: 23d 20h 9m
Buy It Now for only: $9,900.00
2005 NBA Spurs Championship Ring
2005 NBA Spurs Championship Ring
$7,500.00
Time Remaining: 20d 23h 5m
Buy It Now for only: $7,500.00
2007 NBA Spurs Championship Ring
2007 NBA Spurs Championship Ring
$5,990.00
Time Remaining: 20d 22h 57m
Buy It Now for only: $5,990.00
1992 CHICAGO BULLS NBA CHAMPIONSHIP RING
1992 CHICAGO BULLS NBA CHAMPIONSHIP RING
$4,500.00
Time Remaining: 23d 20h 9m
Buy It Now for only: $4,500.00
2003 SAN ANTONIO SPURS NBA CHAMPIONSHIP RING
2003 SAN ANTONIO SPURS NBA CHAMPIONSHIP RING
$3,750.00
Time Remaining: 23d 20h 7m
Buy It Now for only: $3,750.00
1968 Boston Celtics NBA Champions Salesman's Sample Championship Ring
1968 Boston Celtics NBA Champions Salesman's Sample Championship Ring
$1,500.00
Time Remaining: 15d 1h 13m
Buy It Now for only: $1,500.00
Genuine Gold-Colored Salesman's 1977 PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS NBA Championship Ring
Genuine Gold-Colored Salesman's 1977 PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS NBA Championship Ring
$1,199.00
Time Remaining: 26d 5h 47m
Buy It Now for only: $1,199.00
2006 MIAMI HEAT NBA CHAMPIONSHIP REPLICA SAMPLE RING
2006 MIAMI HEAT NBA CHAMPIONSHIP REPLICA SAMPLE RING
$925.00
Time Remaining: 2d 1h 3m
Buy It Now for only: $925.00
1992 CHICAGO BULLS NBA CHAMPIONSHIP RING
1992 CHICAGO BULLS NBA CHAMPIONSHIP RING
$659.99
Time Remaining: 2d 17h 18m
Buy It Now for only: $659.99
2006 MIAMI HEAT NBA CHAMPIONSHIP LUCITE RING CUBE
2006 MIAMI HEAT NBA CHAMPIONSHIP LUCITE RING CUBE
$550.00
Time Remaining: 19d 17h 32m
Buy It Now for only: $550.00
2008 BOSTON CELTICS NBA CHAMPIONSHIP REPLICA .925 RING
2008 BOSTON CELTICS NBA CHAMPIONSHIP REPLICA .925 RING
$425.00
Time Remaining: 5d 19h 53m
Buy It Now for only: $425.00

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