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1955 Billy Herman Brooklyn Dodgers World Series Ring
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $38,513
Offered here is perhaps the greatest souvenir a Brooklyn Dodgers collector could ever hope to obtain: a 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series ring. The fact that this particular ring was issued to Hall of Famer Billy Herman, who was a coach with the club that year, only adds to its desirability. Accompanied by an LOA from PSA/DNA. The 14k white gold ring, manufactured by Dieges & Clust, has a single diamond set upon a blue stone on top. The lettering around the bezel reads "Brooklyn World Champions." The left shank displays the word "First" above a globe design reading "Dodgers" in blue script lettering. The year, "1955," appears below the globe . The right shank features a crossed bats-and-ball design with the name "Billy Herman" scripted in blue on the ball. Below the design is the letter "B." A partial engraving of the company name, "Dieges & Clust," appears on the interior band, as does the engraving "14 Karat." Near Mint condition.
1955, of course, was the only season in which the familiar refrain of "Wait till Next Year," was never heard on the streets of Brooklyn following the World Series. In 1955 "next year' finally came, and the fact that the club's only World Championship while in Brooklyn came at the expense of their hated crosstown rivals, the New York Yankees, must have made the victory all the sweeter for the Flatbush faithful. This particular ring was once part of the famed Barry Halper Collection and originates directly from Billy Herman's wife. In addition to a one-page signed LOA from Barry Halper, dated 12/26/2000, in which he describes how he obtained the ring directly from Mrs. Herman, the ring is also accompanied by a typed-signed letter (on an index card), dated 5/11/93, from Frances A. Herman (Billy's widow) in which she attests to its provenance. Like the 1927 Yankees, the 1955 Dodgers are one of baseball's "magic teams." 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series rings are among the most desirable of all Championship rings for many reasons, including nostalgia, the historic significance of the victory, and the unique relationship the ball club enjoyed with its community. Unfortunately for collectors, they are also among the rarest of all World Series rings. Few have survived and they are very seldom seen at public auction. This is a magnificent opportunity to own an extraordinary example of one of baseball's true prizes from the golden age of New York City baseball. Size: approximately 11.75. Weight: approximately 34.9 grams. LOA from Frances A. Herman (index card). LOA from Barry Halper. LOA from TJ Kaye PSA/DNA. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $38,513
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