Small families could live in some of today’s championship rings. Multiple diamonds, engraved slogans and records adorn the Super Bowl and World Series rings gifted to players, front office types and others associated with winning teams.
They’re worth a pretty penny in the open market, thanks to a growing group of collectors who chase after these rarely offered pieces of history.
In 1919, the Cincinnati Reds presumably were awarded pendants for their victory over the Black Sox. You can see Jake Daubert’s award in REA’s current auction. A few years later, the World Series ring became a staple.
However, the history of championship jewelry goes way beyond a ring. Collector Bruce Menard has been studying them for years, not able to buy what he sees, but collecting pictures and compiling a record of who got what.
ESPN.com’s Paul Lukas goes away from the game-worn angle, chatting up Menard as he offers links to some of the valuable, rare and historic bling inside his Uni Watch blog.