Rangers Press Release
Texas Rangers Select Jostens for 2011 ALCS Championship Rings
Exquisite ring symbolizes back-to-back success
The Texas Rangers selected Jostens, a leading designer and producer of custom jewelry, to design and produce the ring to recognize the Rangers 2011 American League Championship and back–to-back success. Crafted in 10 karat white gold, the ring crest prominently features the familiar Rangers “T” in yellow gold set with custom cut rubies. The 2011 Texas Rangers American League Championship ring was unveiled today.
The members of the Texas Rangers ownership group will be the first individuals to receive their rings during a reception this morning. The Rangers on-field personnel will receive their rings during an on field ceremony prior to Saturday night’s game with the White Sox. Rangers’ front office employees will receive their rings during a luncheon on Monday.
“We enjoyed working with Jostens again on the creation and production of our American League Championship rings,” commented Rangers CEO and President Nolan Ryan. “They have created a beautiful ring that I believe everyone in the organization will be proud to wear.”
The ring top features the Rangers logo centered on a baseball crafted in round brilliant cut diamonds. The combination of diamonds, red and blue stones and “Texas Rangers” create an elegant frame around the baseball to form the crest design. The ring bezel is encircled by “American League” and “Champions,” completing the striking symbol of team achievement. The top is finished with diamonds to enhance the intricate design of the ring.
One shoulder of the ring includes the word “TEXAS,” the American League logo in yellow gold and the State of Texas flag highlighted in red, white and blue enamel. Two diamond-studded stars represent the consecutive American League Championship titles.
The opposite side of each distinctive ring is personalized with the player’s name and position along with “2011” to designate the American League Championship year. The same shoulder includes the Rangers “T” atop a baseball illuminated with diamonds.
The Texas Rangers ring incorporates 150 round brilliant cut diamonds equaling 2 carats and the total weight of the championship ring is 51 grams. The ring was designed and produced at Jostens’ fine jewelry facilities in Dallas, Minneapolis and Montreal.
“We were honored to once again collaborate with the Texas Rangers to create a stunning ring to symbolize the team’s second consecutive American League Championship,” said Chris Poitras, director, Sports Marketing, Jostens. “It is a great opportunity to help a team celebrate continued success and our master jewelers were excited to play a role in capturing the details of Rangers baseball success.”
Founded in 1897, Jostens has produced championship rings for professional sports teams and athletes for over 60 years. In addition to helping the Texas Rangers celebrate their championship, Jostens has been a leader in creating historic rings for teams and athletes that are part of Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Football League, the National Hockey League and the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.
Minneapolis-based Jostens is a provider of products, programs and services that help people tell their stories, celebrate important traditions and recognize achievements. The company’s products include school yearbooks and other memory book products, scholastic products such as class rings and graduation products, and products for athletic champions and their fans. Jostens is a subsidiary of Visant Corporation, a marketing and publishing services enterprise servicing the school affinity, direct marketing, fragrance and cosmetics sampling and educational and trade publishing segments.
Rich Stoebe 952-830-3250
RANGERS RING RAFFLE: Rangers fans will have the exclusive opportunity to win the same 2011 A.L. Championship ring that the team received through the Texas Baseball Foundation ring raffle. Raffle tickets will be available for sale beginning today through August at all Rangers home games on the main concourse or at the Rangers Foundation Prize Wheel. Tickets may also be purchased at texasrangers.com/foundation. Proceeds benefit the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.