The prize for winning the Super Bowl is the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The real treasure, however — and perhaps the most coveted award in all of sports — is your very own Super Bowl ring. Giant, gaudy and expensive, Super Bowl rings are reserved only for the players, coaches and staff members who earned them.
How much is a Super Bowl ring worth? Each year, the NFL foots (most of) the bill for 150 championship rings — spending about $5 million in total. The most recently awarded set of rings, which went to the New England Patriots, cost $36,500 each.
Click through to learn what it takes to be the owner of a Super Bowl-caliber team, and see what you can buy for the price of one championship ring.
2.21 Million Red Worms
Red worms quickly turn vegetable scraps into the world’s greatest compost. But what does converting veggies into dirt have to do with football? It means you finally have a good use for all those uneaten celery and carrot sticks that are for some reason still included in your order of Super Bowl hot wings.
Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm sells 2,000 red wigglers for about $33. You can score a little more than 2.21 million of the creepy-crawlies for the price of a Super Bowl ring, the first of which was designed by legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi himself.
5,472 Dallas Cowboys Stadium Seat Bottoms
The Dallas Cowboys are America’s team — and when America’s team tore down its old stomping grounds in 2009, some lucky winner snagged a whole heap of authentic, game-used stadium seat bottoms. Now, that winner is selling them on eBay in lots of 24 for around $160. The $36,500 cost of a Super Bowl ring, therefore, would be enough to buy you around 5,472 seat bottoms. Since 1971, five Cowboys squads have earned Super Bowl rings.
1,460 Tom Brady Bobblehead Dolls
Patriots fans can score their very own Tom Brady Super Bowl LI championship bobblehead doll for around $25 — but if you’re a real fan, what fun is just one bobblehead? Pawn a Super Bowl ring and your man cave will shake and tremble like no other thanks to the 1,460 bobbleheads you’ll be able to buy in honor of Brady, whose five championship wins have earned him more Super Bowl rings than any other quarterback in history. Brady is also one of the richest NFL MVPs of all time.
1,460 Used Jockstraps
Is a room filled with 1,460 Tom Brady bobbleheads not weird enough for you? How about the same number of game-worn XXL Bike brand jockstraps — not only used, but hand-signed by Washington Redskins defensive lineman A.J. Francis? That’s how many you could buy with $36,500 — and Francis just might take you up on the request. At least six of his used jock straps currently sit in private collections. Francis himself has yet to win a Super Bowl ring, the first of which was made for less than $1,000. Francis’ jockstrap also doesn’t make the list of the highest-selling football memorabilia of all time.
730 Spots on the New York Jets Season Tickets Waiting List
In 2003, the New York Jets imposed a $50 annual fee for the privilege of claiming a spot on the team’s waiting list for season tickets. You could snag a place in line for yourself and 729 buddies for the cost of a Super Bowl ring.
In one of the biggest upsets in sports history, the Jets beat the Colts in 1969 to win Super Bowl III. Two years later in 1971, Jets center Jon Schmitt lost his Super Bowl ring while surfing in Hawaii. ESPN reported that a “brokenhearted” Schmitt searched the water for hours with a snorkel and finally gave up. A lifeguard later found the ring and gave it to his wife. When the lifeguard and his wife died in the 1990s, their great niece inherited the historic bling. She took it to a jeweler, discovered what it was and returned it to a grateful Schmitt in 2011 — almost exactly 40 years after he lost it.
116 Tickets to See the Patriots
Performance dictates ticket price, so it’s no surprise that perennial winners like the New England Patriots command the highest median ticket price in the NFL — $314 to be exact. You could score around 116 seats to watch Brady and company dominate for the price of a Super Bowl ring — although some rings are more extravagant than others. The Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 championship ring is adorned with 212 diamonds that combine for 5.05 carats.
13 of Art Modell’s Toilets
Art Modell, who died at the age of 87 in 2012, negotiated the NFL’s first television contract, owned the Cleveland Browns and founded the Baltimore Ravens. Loved in Baltimore and loathed in Cleveland, Modell’s name is forever attached to one of the oddest sports memorabilia sales in history. Someone coughed up $2,700 for the toilet from his owner’s suite when the stadium in Cleveland was demolished in 1996. You could score 13 of them — with money to spare — for the cost of one Super Bowl ring. Modell earned a Super Bowl ring of his own in 2002 when his Ravens brought a championship home to Baltimore for the first time since 1971.
8 Tickets to the Super Bowl
Tickets to see Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis start at $4,175 on SeatGeek.com. You could buy eight of them, with money left over, for what it costs to buy a Super Bowl ring. The very first Super Bowl ring, issued to the Packers after their 1967 victory in Super Bowl I, was relatively low-key and featured just one diamond on the face of the ring. Coach Vince Lombardi’s original is now valued at $100,000.
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1 Blackened Brass Table
High-end furniture maker Asher Israelow makes a fancy black walnut table adorned with super-pricey blackened brass for the cool price of $36,500 — exactly what it costs to buy one modern Super Bowl ring. Too rich for your blood? You can pick up a replica championship ring made with imitation jewels and regular brass — not blackened — for around $20. When you take it off at night, you’ll just have to put it on whatever table you have.
One-Ninth of the World’s Rarest Tom Brady Football Card Collection
An online memorabilia seller is offering one lucky bidder the chance to score a five-piece collection of mint condition Donruss Elite Tom Brady rookie cards that are so rare and coveted that they cost a cool $64,000 each — but they come as a package deal. You’ll need to put up a penny shy of $320,000 if you want to claim the set as your own. The collection can be yours if you and eight of your buddies each kick in $36,500 — the equivalent of one Super Bowl ring each. The most recent championship ring, issued to the Patriots, was the largest ever made.