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1998 Chicago Bulls NBA Championship Ring - From Longtime Team Security Guard John Capps

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CAPPS COLLECTION INTRODUCTION

 

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.

 

 


1998 CHAMPIONSHIP RING

 

It was a fairy-tale ending to MJ's Bulls career as he scored the final 8 clutch points in Game 6 of the '98 NBA Finals, capped off by his 40-second sequence of lay-up, steal (famously off Karl Malone) and championship-winning jumper. To this day, that 45-point performance remains the highest-rated, most-watched game in NBA history! Jordan took home his unprecedented sixth Finals MVP Award and then retired on January 13, 1999, saying, "I think the game itself is a lot bigger than Michael Jordan.” Capps' 14K/18K-gold Jostens ring is by far the most substantial of the entire 6-ring Bulls dynasty set, weighing in at 49.40 grams and delivering 2.58 total carats of diamonds according to the Jewelry Identification Report from Kripps Jewelers. The band is a size 12.5 and the shank showcases Chicago's proud achievement: "REPEAT 3-PEAT." NM condition.



 
 
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