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JOSTENS, ATLANTA BRAVES UNVEIL WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS

ATLANTA, March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Jostens and the Atlanta Braves unveil the Braves' 1995 World Series championship rings made by Jostens Recognition, the nation's leading producer of championship rings and awards.

Rings will be presented to players in a pre-game ceremony Monday at the Braves' home opener against the San Francisco Giants.

The Braves' World Series rings were designed by Braves President Stan Kasten and General Manager John Schuerholz, as well as Dave Johnson, a Jostens sales representative in Atlanta, and Charlie Anderson, a Jostens championship artist in Minneapolis. The same team worked together to design the Braves' 1991 and 1992 National League championship rings, also crafted by Jostens.

Anderson has been involved in designing numerous championship rings for professional athletes, including the World Series rings for the Oakland A's, Minnesota Twins and St. Louis Cardinals, as well as the 1995 American League championship rings for the Cleveland Indians.

The Braves' World Series ring is crafted of 10-karat yellow gold. The top of the ring features a three-quarter carat diamond set in a square white-gold collet on a blue sapphire. A double-bevel bezel set with 18 diamonds surrounds the stone. The outer bevel carries the inscription "Atlanta Braves World Champions 1995." One shank, or side of the ring, features the player's name and number or position and the Braves' logo. The other shank displays a gold ribbon with the words "Team of the 90s," which runs across the shank above a raised image of the World Series trophy. Inscribed at the base of the trophy are the words "1995 World Champions." The rings were manufactured at Jostens' jewelry plant in Princeton, Ill.

"Winning a World championship is a tremendous accomplishment, and the ring is the symbol that captures the spirit of the victory," said Tom Jans, president of Jostens Recognition. "The ring, which becomes each player's personal trophy, signifies excellence and has become the universal symbol of achievement."

Braves management contracted with Jostens to produce more than 200 championship rings for players, coaches, team management and staff. In addition, Jostens will produce a variety of other Braves' championship jewelry for spouses and family members. Jostens also will craft a collection of Braves' commemorative items, including watches, clocks and other jewelry, which will be available to Braves' staff and season ticket holders.

Jostens Recognition produces many of the customized awards presented to champion athletes throughout the world, including Olympic medals, trophies and rings for champions of the Super Bowl, NBA, NHL, Stanley Cup and World Series. For the last eight years, Jostens has crafted the NCAA Final Four championship rings for men's and women's basketball and will produce them again in 1996.

Jostens Recognition is part of Minneapolis-based Jostens Inc., a leading provider of products and services that help people recognize achievement and affiliation throughout their lives. The company, whose products include yearbooks, class rings, graduation products, school photography and business service and achievement awards, had fiscal 1995 sales of $665 million.
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