Texas’ National Championship for sale

By Nate Crossman  |   Thursday, June 08, 2006  |  Comments( 0 )

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The Texas Longhorns' 2005 National Championship ring has probably been in some interesting locales following Texas' 41-38 win over the USC Trojans in the Rose Bowl. The Longhorns' roster, after all, features players from all over the country. None, however, more interesting than eBay.

Two weeks ago, someone claiming to have received one of the rings from a player posted it on the internet auction site. The bidding got as high as $10,000 for the $350 ring before the seller took it off the eBay.

The incident shed some light on what is a fairly common practice - players selling championship rings or other memorabilia to collectors.

The NCAA has a rule against current student-athletes selling memorabilia after nine Georgia Bulldogs sold their 2002 Southeastern Conference championships rings. Although those nine players were not punished, the rule was enacted shortly after. The rule states that a player will be penalized if he or she sells memorabilia, the severity of the penalty depending on the dollar amount of the item or items sold.

There are no rules against former players selling memorabilia, which is why on EBay right now you can purchase a 2002 Texas Longhorns baseball national championship ring, 1993 and 1999 Florida State football championship rings, a 1985 Oklahoma Sooners championship ring and a 1990 UNLV men's basketball championship ring. The 1993 FSU ring has a minimum bid of $3,995, while the Texas baseball ring should go for close to $3,000.

In a perfect world, players would cherish the rings they've earned and never give them up. But the world is not perfect, and many players need the money that comes from selling the rings rather than the memories that come from wearing them to the occasional wedding or other social occasion. Many athletes who are on scholarship were poor before they arrived at college, and remain poor because scholarships come with restrictions on working during the school year. And many stories have been written about former college stars that could never adjust to life in the "real world" and spiraled into debt or worse.

Their losses are collectors' gains.

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