by Ron Spence

Today’s Stanley Cup rings are garish (Read THE BLINGING OF LORD STANLEY’S RINGS.). 

On some of the chat sites, they’re saying that they resemble basketball rings. 

I personally think that the Bball rings show better taste.

I decided to compare the rings – from all the North American major league sports – and stretched it by including the CFL.

I started the comparison in 1994. There was no World Series that year, so I used the 1993 Toronto Blue Jays’ ring.

The New York Rangers’ ring looks like it’s from some small town high school.

The Forty-Niners ring shows the direction that rings will be going: details on the sport, the season and the playoffs:

New York Rangers – Stanley Cup Champions – 1993-94


Toronto Blue Jays – World Series Champions – 1993


The San Francisco Forty-Niners – Super Bowl Champions – 1994


The tableau features five NFL championship trophies, representing San Fran’s fifth Super Bowl. One shank includes the enamel 49ers’ and the NFL’s 75th anniversary logos, along with a Super Bowl XXIX logo, the game’s final score and “QB” engraved into a football. Images of five championship trophies appear on the other shank with “Young – MVP” above and “49ers 16-3” beneath. 

The Houston Rockets – NBA Champions – 1993-94


The B.C. Lions – Gray Cup Champions – 1994

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I have also included the rings from the major league sports – for the past decade. 

All are garish, although as I say, I like the basketball rings the best.

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Los Angeles Lakers – 2001


Detroit Pistons – 2004

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A half-karat diamond is used inside the trophy. Overall, there are 114 or 115 diamonds on the ring.  There is also a basketball image on the shank, and if a player had been with the Pistons for all three championships, he had three trophies incorporated on the side of his ring.

Miami Heat – 2006


San Antonio Spurs – 2007



Boston Celtics – 2008



For an informative article on the championship rings market, read ESPN.



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How big is this Celtics ring?

Well, President of Basketball Operations, Danny Ainge is 6’4″, and was a shooting guard – and thus has large hands. 

Even his mitt is dwarfed by this ring.

Maybe it would look normal on Kevin Garnett.


Wearing a championship ring is like a woman wearing her wedding dress to work – in my opinion.

Unless, of course, you’re the coach and it’s game 7, and you walk into the dressing room wearing your ring…then garish be damned.


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