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2003 University of Michigan Football Big Ten Conference Championship Ring
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $3,818.75
2003 University of Michigan Football Big Ten Conference championship ring awarded to a team manager. This impressive piece of jewelry, more akin to a Super Bowl ring than a collegiate conference championship ring, also commemorates Michigan's win over Ohio State that season in a game that marked the 100th meeting between the two schools. The front design of the 10K gold ring features a blue enameled "M" surrounded by approximately 74 small cubic zirconia gem stones arrayed in a football pattern. "Big Ten" and "Champions" is lettered, above and below respectively, in raised relief. The right shank pictures the Michigan football helmet along with the name of the recipient ("Lodlti") and his position ("MGR"). The left shank displays the Rose Bowl logo (Michigan played USC in the Rose Bowl that year) as well as the year ("2003") and the team's slogan that season ("I'm In - I'm On"). All of the lettering on each shank is in raised relief. Engraved along the interior of the ring is "M - O 100th Game 35-21," commemorating Michigan's 35-21 defeat of Ohio State. Also engraved on the interior is "Intergold 10K." The team's rallying cry that year, "I'm In - I'm On," was born prior to the team's game against Ohio State. Before each game, coach Lloyd Carr normally asked his team "Are you in or are you out?" For this game, Carr went further and told his club that he knew they were in, but that wasn't enough. For this game, he told them, they also had to be on. Thus "I'm In - I'm On became the team's mantra for the remainder of the year. The ring (approximately size 11) is in Near Mint condition. An exceptionally attractive and significant championship ring from one of the most memorable seasons in Michigan football history. Size: Approximately 11. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $3,818.75
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