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Gil Hodges Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Fame Ring
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,422
Silver-colored ring, produced by Jostens, commemorating Gil Hodges' induction into the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Fame. This ring was purchased by our consignor in Leland's November 1993 auction, where it was described as a "limited edition." It was one of a number of Gil Hodges items in the auction (many or all of which we believe were actually consigned by the Hodges family). While we do not know exactly how many such rings were produced (if, indeed, more than one), this is the only example we have ever seen. The ring features a blue stone in the center, with the lettering around the outer and inner bezel reading, respectively, "Brooklyn Dodgers" and "Hall of Fame." The left shank features a likeness of Hodges in a batting pose and is engraved "World Champs/55." The right shank features a likeness of a cap, bat, and ball, and is engraved "Hodges 14/B/1B." The manufacturer's name, "Jostens LTM," is engraved on the interior band.
Our recent research may shed some light on the nature of this ring: The Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball Hall of Fame was founded in 1984 by lifelong Brooklyn resident and Dodgers fan Marty Adler. According to Adler's August 13, 2013, obituary in the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/18/sports/baseball/marty-adler-curator-of-the-brooklyn-dodgers-legacy-dies-at-76.html?_r=0), the museum "never had a permanent home — it was essentially a personal journey down his baseball memory lane — but it enabled him to share his passion for the Dodgers with his fellow Brooklynites." Later in the same article, the Times notes that the first three inductees into the Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984 "were figures from the 1950s teams that came to be known as the Boys of Summer: pitcher Carl Erskine, right fielder Carl Furillo and first baseman Gil Hodges, who died in 1972 while managing the Mets and was represented by his widow, Joan." The ring remains in Near Mint condition. Size: approximately 11. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $1,422
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