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2003 Florida Marlins World Series Ring

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $5,875

This immense and very ornate piece of jewelry, issued to a front-office member, commemorates the Florida Marlins 2003 World Championship. The 2003 Marlins ring is the one of the largest World Series rings ever produced. Measuring 1.25 x 1.5 inches along its widest surface points, and weighing an extraordinary seventy-five grams, the 10K gold ring features 122 separate CZ diamonds of various sizes and thirteen additional colored gemstones adorning the top piece and sides. The front bears a depiction of a marlin fish and reads "Marlins - World Champions." The left shank reads "World Series - 100th Anniversary - 2003" and features the Major League Baseball logo. Also displayed on that same shank are the team logos of both the Marlins and their opponents, respectively, in the NL Division Series, NL Championship Series and World Series, as well as the score from the final game of each series. The right shank features a highly detailed depiction of the Championship Trophy and lists the year ("2003) and the team's regular season record ("91-71"). Also recorded on the right side is the last name of the recipient ("Myers") and his title ("Staff"). The manufacturer's name, "Intergold," and "10K" are engraved along the interior of the band. An additional interior engraving reads "Florida Marlins/Archivist/303." The ring is in Near Mint condition. Modern-era World Series rings are in most cases far more difficult to obtain (and often more valuable) than rings from an earlier era. This is in part because modern-era ballplayers make so much more money than those in years past that a World Series ring recipient rarely has a financial incentive to part with his ring. They are saved as family keepsakes. In addition, while rings of years past were usually very simple in design and without a tremendous value in terms of materials, many modern-era rings are very elaborately designed with literally thousands of dollars in gold, diamonds, and gemstones. The economic considerations make the issuing of World Series rings in modern times an all-the-more serious and exclusive honor. Few, if any, World Series rings are larger, or more elaborate in design, than this ring. It is so large it almost appears to be a sculpture rather than a ring. This is only the second 2003 World Series ring we have ever offered. The first, which appeared as Lot 914 in our 2006 auction, realized a final sales price of $9,280. This is truly one of the most impressive championship rings (for any sport) ever produced. This ring has been consigned directly from the family of the original recipient. Size: approximately 12. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $5,875

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