Deal struck: KC woman trades wedding rings for Chiefs tickets

11/14/2013 3:04 PM

08/06/2014 8:59 AM

Last week, a woman in Overland Park listed a wedding ring set on Craigslist that she wanted to swap for tickets to the Chiefs-Broncos game at Arrowhead on Dec. 1.

On Thursday, she found a taker — and got her tickets.

And another woman in the metro area is about to get a marriage proposal out of the deal, too.

“It’s official! I have tickets to the game!!!” the woman selling the rings said in an email to The Star and several other news organizations Thursday afternoon. “We met at a jewelry store so they could verify the ring was real and matched the appraisal I had provided him.

“The official trade was the ring for 4 tickets to the 12/1 Broncos game and 2 tickets to the 11/24 Chargers game.”

And not bad tickets either: section 123.

Since listing the rings — a story that quickly went viral — the seller has endured backlash from people who criticized her for giving up her wedding rings for football tickets. She asked to remain anonymous.

What she didn’t tell anyone: The rings were from a previous marriage and have no emotional importance to her anymore.

The woman made the final deal Thursday with Northlander Rusty Jones, 49, who runs Professional Sound Services. He first learned of the ring offer last week through a story in The Kansas City Star.

Turns out that he and his girlfriend had started talking about engagement rings about a month ago. So he contacted the ring lady through her Craigslist ad.

Jones, a Chiefs season ticket holder since 1993, had tickets to offer, but not exactly the club-level tickets the woman was looking for.

Through happenstance, she lost his contact information and ended up reposting the Craigslist ad, Jones said. When he saw that it had been reposted, he got in touch with her again and they were able to strike a deal Thursday.

The woman had posted her ad to Craigslist last week with a headline that read: “Will trade diamond wedding ring for Chiefs vs Broncos Tickets.”

She offered a “nice diamond ring and wedding band set that was appraised at $3100.”

The size 7 ring is nothing to sneeze at, a round brilliant-cut diamond — .45 carats — set in a white gold setting that contains 20 more small round diamonds weighing .50 carats.

The matching wedding band has 10 more small diamonds with a weight of .25 carats.

Jones met the seller at Meierotto jewelers on Vivion Road on Thursday, where he paid to have them appraised, he said. The rings had been listed with a value of $3,100.

“They appraised them at $2,800, so it was close,” he said.

The woman had wanted to complete the trade in time for her husband’s 40th birthday earlier this week. But the family didn’t get to celebrate Monday because “I had to take my daughter to the emergency room for a migraine that night,” she wrote.

“I think I’ll put the tickets in a card and get some balloons and dinner and celebrate his birthday tonight so he feels like he actually had one! He was a little disappointed in how his day turned out so it’s time to make it up to him!”

As for Jones, he never told his girlfriend — who saw pictures of the rings in the Craigslist ad and liked them — that he had reconnected with the seller after they thought the deal had been lost.

On Sunday, he’s throwing a big Chiefs party at his home — lights, music, a big tunnel entrance just like the one the players use to enter Arrowhead.

And someone is about to get the surprise of her life.

But shh! Don’t tell her.

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