Getting Started Collecting Replica Super Bowl Rings
The Super Bowl is a very memorable annual event. After the game, the winning team is whisked away to Disney World and and later the White House, and the losers are reduced to footnotes. The winners are also treated to things like free NFL Champion gear, bonuses up to six-figures, and increased exposure, which can lead to endorsement deals and high-dollar contracts. However, the most iconic symbol of their victory is found on their fingers.
Super Bowl Championship rings have become one of the most captivating symbols of success in the sporting world. Due to a limited supply and high price tag, the average fan has little chance of ever owning, let alone handling, one of these jewel-encrusted rings. However, replica Super Bowl rings offer an appealing alternative for fans to celebrate a big win without having to tell one of your kids they will no longer be going to college.
For the sake of comparison, the most recent Super Bowl Champions, the 2012 Baltimore Ravens, will be the example to highlight the differences. The official ring given to the teams is made of white gold with yellow gold highlights and includes 243 round cut diamonds, totaling 3.75 carats. This combines for a whopping total weight of 80 grams. In order to bring the hefty cost down, replica Super Bowl rings are generally gold plated, which also reduces the weight. And instead of diamonds, replica rings are set with cubic zirconia stones.
Official Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Ring
Replica Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Ring
Some replica rings can be sized to specific settings or come in specific sizes so they can be worn. Additionally, a larger model can be purchased for display purposes. If you intend to wear the ring, pay extra attention to any sizing information. Quality and craftsmanship can differ greatly by rings offered from each seller, so be sure to request detailed images if they are not provided. Prices start around $50 and go up for there. Limited edition replicas or versions in short supply can command higher prices. Also, some versions will include real gems or a solid gold base and the price will be significantly higher.
It is important to know that, in addition to team-issued rings and replicas, there are also salesman sample rings. These sample rings are made by the original manufacturer of the team-issued championship rings, so the quality and similarity to the original rings is very close. Also, some will feature solid gold to properly represent the weight, but include imitation diamonds. The rings carry the title of salesman sample rings because they are generally used by company salesmen to showcase the merchandise in the field. Although this is a common practice, because these sample rings can produce significant sales, it is important to do your homework before purchasing. Many times the rings being sold as samples are simply replicas with a huge markup.
Collectors are not just limited to Super Bowl rings, as a market exists for championship rings from nearly every major sport. Check out replica rings from teams the won the World Series, NBA Championship, NHL Championship, and NCAA Championship. And the rings are not just for the winners. The losing teams receive rings as well, although they are not nearly as popular since they celebrate a second-place finish.
Lastly, even fantasy sports champions can get in on the action. View our guide about fantasy football championship rings and trophies.
See ring images from each Super Bowl winner on the next tab.
Each of the Super Bowl Champion rings are shown below as a visual guide. The images depicted show the team-issued rings that are awarded to players and staff. Follow the links to shop for replica rings from each Super Bowl winner on eBay.