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1996 Chicago Bulls NBA Championship Ring - From Longtime Team Security Guard John Capps

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If you watched the Last Dance MJ documentary—and, really, who in their right mind didn't watch it?!—then you'll know the face and trademark Kangol hat of legendary Bulls security guard John Capps. The former Chicago policeman was a fixture behind the Bulls bench for more than 50 years, appearing in the background of photos and video footage like an angel on the players' shoulders. Capps got his start in 1966 as a police escort for the brand-new Bulls franchise in an infamous parade up Michigan Avenue featuring team owner Dick Klein, coach Johnny Kerr, marketing director Jerry Colangelo and, yes, a real live bull in a cage.


From that day forward, on up until his death in 2018 at age 88, Capps sat guard outside the locker room before games, accompanied Bulls coaches to the court, and assumed his post behind the bench. Over the decades he was an ever-present greeter and father figure to the likes of Love, Sloan, Gilmore, Jordan and Pippen. In fact, Scottie told a much-repeated anecdote in Last Dance about how Michael had ongoing friendly bets with Capps about the outcomes of races up on the jumbotron during timeouts. (True to his competitive edge, Jordan always got insider information from the arena's video crew!)


"Capps was part of that scene when we started the Bulls," Colangelo said upon his death. "He was there front and center. He was part of the whole picture in terms of our presentation. We felt he was a part of the team like a coach, a player. Capps was one of the guys; always did a great job. It's the passing of an era." John Paxson also paid tribute: "Great person and a man who would always tell you straight up what he thought. He was tough, a Marine and over the last few years he was struggling physically, but he would never let you know. Home games won't be the same without John Capps sitting outside our locker room."


Above all else, Capps' legacy is defined by his membership in the elite club of Bulls personnel who were there for all 6 NBA championships (both 3-Peats)—and who thus received the complete set of all 6 championship rings. To our knowledge, no more than a handful of upper-level staff ever held that rarefied distinction, in addition to, of course, the triumvirate of 6-time champions Jordan, Pippen and Phil Jackson. We at Huggins & Scott are so very proud to now present the entire set of diamond-encrusted showpieces given to the beloved Bulls stalwart, Mr. John Capps.





With Michael back from baseball and hungrier than ever, the 1995-96 Bulls put together arguably the greatest season in hardcourt history, with a 72-10 record that included a 41-3 start and a 37-game win streak at home. New arrival Dennis Rodman was a dominant contributor under the basket, while Jordan swept the MVP Awards for the All-Star Game, regular season and NBA Finals—his record fourth Finals MVP. What's more, the championship came on Father's Day, causing MJ to famously weep for the loss of his own murdered father as he held the trophy aloft on center court and later curled up with a game ball on the locker-room floor. Capps' 14K-gold Jostens ring aptly celebrates this fourth NBA title in the Bulls' dynasty with 4 central diamonds surrounded by 72 bordering diamonds to represent the squad's 72 wins. It's a size 12.25 with a total diamond weight of 1.48 carats, according to the accompanying Jewelry Identification Report from Kripps Jewelers. EX-MT condition.

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