The official Astros World Series Championship Ring is a spectacular sight to behold. Its details, diamonds and sapphires leave fans wishing they worked for the Astros organization. Thankfully for us Astros fans the the Astros Organization commissioned a company to produce a replica ring for fans.
The Replica Championship ring is a very close copy of the real thing. While i’m not here to go into detail as the the differences between the two rings, I am here to try and tell the story that the fan ring tells about the Astros 2017 season. Every detail on the real ring represents a piece of the championship story. The fan ring is missing some of these pieces, but there is enough there to tell the story.
Using what is available about the real ring on the Astros website I was able to piece together what’s on the fan ring below. You can click on each of the photos to make them bigger.
The rings box is your typical cardboard box. The front hilariously has a photo of the real Astros ring. Two sides of the box try to tell some of the same story I do below, but a lot is left out. But looking at the box, it’s easy to tell there just was not enough space to include more.
The top of the Championship Ring illustrates how, when the pieces come together, HISTORY can be made.
The top of the ring including the iconic “H” in the Astros logo is adorned with 112 round stones, the final number of wins the Astros achieved to become World Champions.
The open sides of the Championship Ring tell the story in stones.
Atop the ring’s edge, 10 stones and one blue sapphire tell the story of the club’s rich championship history. When combined, these 11 stones represent the 11 times the team has made the journey to the postseason.
Two princess cut sapphires, one orange and the other blue, are set at the top and bottom edge of the ring top. These stones represent Houston’s unique achievement of being both American and National League Champions, a feat never accomplished by any other Major League team.
Six round stones are set on the bottom edge of the ring top. These stones represent the six years Jim Crane has owned the team. The singular orange sapphire holds a dual meaning, representing not only the Astros National League Pennant, but also Jim Crane’s first World Series Championship.
The year side of the Championship Ring shows that the Astros are and will always be HOUSTON STRONG. The iconic phrase HOUSTON STRONG is inset in a beautifully contrasted yellow gold. Featured within it is the “H” logo, which symbolizes how the team and the city came together to make each other stronger.
A single solitaire diamond sits in the top of the Commissioner’s Trophy, representing the first World Series victory in franchise history.
The iconic Commissioner’s Trophy, crafted in yellow gold, rises from the center of Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, the 2017 World Series Trophy and all Astros fans.
The Roman numeral LVI completes the side of the ring, paying tribute to the 56-year history of the Astros franchise that ultimately resulted in a World Series Championship.
On the real ring the name side of the represents the contribution of each player to the Astros World Championship. In my opinion the name side on the replica ring represents the Astros fans.
The organization’s rallying cry, “EARNED HISTORY.” and the Astros wordmark frame the iconic Houston skyline, paying the ultimate respect to the city and fans who never wavered in their support for the team.
The left field wall lifts up the city of Houston, a sentiment expressed by many fans when describing what this championship has meant to them and the community.
Want your own Replica Championship Ring? As of this writing the Astros are giving away more rings Monday August 27th. Fans have till the 6th inning to get a ring.
While in my opinion the Replica Ring is the way to go if you want an almost exact copy of the real thing, fans can buy a version of the World Series ring from Jostins, see the links below. I have also posted photos below comparing each ring.
Want to see more of the real Astros Championship Ring? Visit : https://www.mlb.com/astros/fans/ring-ceremony
Want to get your own version of the Championship Ring? Visit: https://www.jostens.com/apps/prochamp/houstonastros/fans/landing.mvc