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2003 Greg Favors Carolina Panthers NFC Championship Ring in Original Presentation Box
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $6,600
2003 Carolina Panthers NFC Championship ring issued to linebacker Greg Favors, complete with its original presentation box. This one of only two 2003 Carolina Panthers NFC championship rings we have ever seen offered at public auction. Its rarity notwithstanding, it is also notable for its extraordinary aesthetic appeal. The front of the 14K gold ring features the Panthers team logo set upon a blue stone that is fashioned in the shape of a football. Eighteen diamonds adorn the perimeter of the blue stone, with the lettering along the top and bottom of the bezel reading "Carolina" and "Panthers," respectively. An additional forty smaller diamonds encircle the bezel. One shank bears the player's name, "Favors," the phrase "Cardiac Cats," the team's record, "14-4," a depiction of a Panther's helmet, and Favors' position and uniform number, "LB-53." The opposite shank features the NFC logo, a depiction of a stadium, the Super Bowl XXXVIII logo, the words "NFC Championship," and the year, "2003." The engraving "Jostens 14K" appears twice along the interior band. Near Mint to Mint condition. Carolina defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 14-3 in the NFC Championship game that season. Then, in one of the most closely contested games in Super Bowl history, they were narrowly defeated 32-29 by the New England Patriots. Together with its original presentation box (6 x 5 x 4 inches) featuring the blue-and-black Panthers logo on the lid. Below the logo is the lettering "2003 NFC Champions." The wooden box displays a slight nick on the front side of the lid, otherwise it is in Near Mint condition. This is an exquisite memento commemorating the Panthers first and only Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. Size: approximately 11. Weight: approximately 65 grams. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $6,600
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