The Top 50 Super Bowl Rings Ranked
March 2, 2018
My newest themed Championship Ring Column, the ranking all 50 Super Bowl rings from worst to first continues – We’re now up to number 41:
Yes, I realize there are now 51 Super Bowl rings, however, when I started this blog series, there were only 50. And since I probably won’t own or get my hands on a Super Bowl 51 ring anytime soon, I’ll stick with the first 50 championship rings for this series.
Please note, I usually don’t show player’s names on Super Bowl rings, so please excuse me when I cover their name and uniform number.
The Super Bowl ring shown above is one of my least favorite among the 50. Sooner or later we’ll get the best of the best, but for now we’re starting at the bottom and working our way up.
Before we get into details about the championship ring shown above, I just want to review the ranking process:
The Super Bowl ring ranking has absolutely nothing to do with my affection or non-affection to the team or players the championship rings were awarded to. The ranking of these Super Bowl rings also have nothing to do with the team’s season or the specific title game either. The ranking is based solely on the championship ring design.
Last, I probably don’t spend enough time on many of my championship ring blogs discussing the shanks (sides of the championship rings) but in this ongoing blog series, shanks will be discussed and contribute to the rankings too.
Please keep in mind that I collect Super Bowl rings and acquiring a player’s version of this championship ring was not easy – few of them have been offered to the public. It was an important acquisition and I’m thrilled to own this player Super Bowl ring. Some Super Bowl rings have to be ranked low; and this one in my opinion is one of them. However, it doesn’t take away from the tremendous pride the players, coaching staff, and executives feel when being awarded this or any other Super Bowl ring.
The Super Bowl ring shown above belongs to the Dallas Cowboys 1995 team and is officially known as a Super Bowl XXX ring. It was designed and manufactured by Diamond Masters and in my opinion, that’s the reason why this championship ring gets such a low ranking.
Whoever came up with the design (whether it was the team or the ring manufacturer) created a great looking concept and the top of the ring is spectacular – showing off five massive diamonds that form a Cowboy’s star to celebrate the team’s five Super Bowl titles. However, had Jostens or Balfour been given this exact design, the results would have (again in my opinion) been dramatically better. And this opinion is not pure speculation, just look at Jostens other Super Bowl rings from this time period, including the Broncos 1998 Super Bowl ring, which Jostens crafted, and you will see a substantially better product.
The problem with the Cowboys Super Bowl XXX ring, and the only reason it gets a low ranking is that the sides of the championship ring look awful. In fact, if a potential buyer of a Cowboys Super Bowl XXX ring examined the sides of the ring, it looks just as bad as many replica rings produced in China. The wording and images look like they were poorly made in cheap molds from a real ring. That makes authenticating this championship ring extremely challenging.
In a further insult to the quality of Super Bowl rings designed by Jostens, Balfour and Tiffany, the manufacturer of this championship ring, did not engrave the inside of this ring with their name, all that’s in there is “14K”.
Please remember, I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.