It’s a moment many feared would never come. You can actually own a 2016 Cubs championship ring.
While players, coaches, staff and big wigs received their authentic 2016 World Series rings during the Cubs’ 2017 home opener ceremony, fans and collectors can celebrate the end of a 108-year drought with the official replica ring, which (other than the jewels) looks virtually identical to the real deal.
The 2016 World Series Championship is still fresh in the minds of players and fans. It’ll forever be historic. Even if the Cubs win multiple titles over the next decade, the World Series title in 2016 will reign supreme because of the removal of the curse. It’s the original.
World Series rings given to Cubs players are each 14-karat white gold and carry 108 diamonds on the bezel but the details are similar on the replica rings. The Cubs packed quite a bit of history onto them. The end of the Billy Goat curse is even acknowledged on the inside.
The inside also includes the exact moment when Kris Bryant recorded the final out: November 3, 2016 at 12:47 a.m. Game scores of the Cubs’ three playoff series are showcased as well.
What are the chances an average Cubs fan could get their hands on such an item? Not likely for a while. It may take some time before one of the 1,908 people who received an authentic Cubs World Series ring wants to pawn their piece of history but it’ll probably happen. At some point a front office staff member, scout or team employee who needs the money will put one up for auction–although the team is doing its best not to allow that. The Cubs are asking each recipient to sign a waiver that gives them the rights to buy the ring back for $1. Needless to say, it’s been met with some resistance.
The Cubs have also offered up a high-end 2016 World Series replica ring for those interested in something that’s very limited. Only 108 were created and while it won’t have the allure or long-term value of an actual Cubs player ring, it’ll sure look nice with the 108 diamonds. The limited edition rings were originally set for a $10,800 price tag. This ring includes 144 diamonds, 55 sapphires and 13 rubies. For a Cubs fan, it’s sort of the ultimate souvenir.
For those who aren’t quite as well-funded, the 2016 Cubs replica championship ring is still a fun item to own. Fans are just hoping it doesn’t take another 108 years for the second one. You can order them through these sellers on eBay.