Thursday, February 2, 2012

Super Bowl Rings Have Bling

Pretty much all football fans know that in addition to their prize money, the Super Bowl winners are also awarded a ring that includes the team name, logo and Super Bowl identification. Many football players have oversized fingers and when a cadre of diamonds and gold are added, these rings have a lot of bling.

Ring makers go through a bid process and the rings are not made until several months after the game. Jostens, the ring company that is famous for its high school rings has often been the Super Bowl ring provider. On the Jostens web site, they have a gallery of the rings that they have produced.

The NFL itself provides 150 rings to each winning team--at up to $5000 per ring. Teams can go over this amount if they want to pay the difference themselves. As you can imagine, in the age of Antiques Roadshow, there is a healthy aftermarket for Super Bowl rings with many of them selling for over $50,000. Sellers have been known to ask for as much as $100,000.

On many rings, the Super Bowl score shows prominently in the design. Thus, if you happen to be on the short side of the score, the rings serve to rub salt into the wound for a very long time.
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