Championship rings are entertaining little pieces of history. Often big enough to house a small family and bejeweled enough to make Marie Antoinette blush, they do make great conversation pieces. Especially if you’re the one who earned the one being talked about.
They’re also valuable. Players and executives know this. Sometimes when times get tough or Suzy needs to pay for college, they’re sold; often anonymously to a dealer who won’t reveal the original owner without a court order.
How some make it to market is a mystery. Like the case of the 2000 Michigan State NCAA basketball championship ring given to Jason Richardson. How it wound up in a dealer’s inventory isn’t known, but Richardson says he didn’t sell it. The dealer isn’t talking and Richardson doesn’t have time to do any detective work, what with the shortened NBA season and all. He did tell the school about his plight and they told him they’d make him a new one, making the old one worthless.
Read the tale at ESPN.com…and be sure to read the comments below it.