Believe it or not, “Salesman's Sample” rings are often a little harder to come by than authentic, original championship rings. After all, there are fewer of them. Still, they are out there, and like in any other kind of search, persistence is the key. You just have to be patient; willing to make an investment of both time and money. Though these rings are still usually less expensive than their official counterparts, salesman's sample championship rings still pricey because of how rare they are. Fortunately, there are a few web sites around that specialize in them, so if you hang in there, you'll most likely be able to find the one you want.
The price you'll have to pay for that ring once you've found it depends on a number of factors. One of these factors, in a general sense, is the sport it commemorates. Championship rings are awarded in all but the most obscure of sports. Even sports that don't have the biggest American followings, such as rugby, lacrosse, and karate, award championship rings. Wrestling rings are awarded, too, and fans of WWE frequently purchase replicas of that organization’s championship rings. Granted, rings from more dominant sports, such as football, baseball, and basketball, generally boast a higher demand. Of course, as a result, they typically cost more.
Let's take a look, for a moment, at a couple of the other factors which could have an effect on the price of your salesman's sample ring. Whether or not the design you purchase was ultimately chosen by the team will obviously have an impact, as well as the type of material that the ring is made of. Sometimes salesman's samples are made of gold (white or yellow), and sometimes they're not. Often, they're made of something called, “Celestrium.” That's actually a brand name. It's a type of stainless steel commonly used in the manufacture of less expensive types of jewelry. It is highly resistant to any type of chemical reaction, and it's quite durable. In addition, it bears a striking resemblance to white gold.
Perhaps you may be wondering why salesman's sample championship rings are so expensive. Basically, it's because they're so rare. You see, “salesman's samples,” as they're called, are rings initially made for the purpose of assisting a jewelry company's sales representative's marketing efforts when dealing with a championship team. Several designs are created, and the team ultimately chooses one. Thus, the designs that don't get chosen are usually only made once. They often wind up on eBay and you can click below to see what's available at any given time.
2014 Tom Brady Patriots salesman sample prototype Super Bowl championship ring
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Buy It Now for only: $395.00
1972 Larry Csonka Miami Dolphins Super Bowl Championship Prototype Sample Ring
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Buy It Now for only: $370.00