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2009 New York Yankees World Series Ring (48.29 Grams, 119 Diamonds!) with Provenance

Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $29,625

New York Yankees World Series ring, issued to high-ranking minor-league staff employee Aquiles Torrealba, commemorating the club's 2009 World Championship season. The ring is the exact same version (same size, same weight, and same number of diamonds) as players received. The 14K gold ring, produced by Balfour, is one of the most impressive and generously diamond-studded rings ever produced! A total of 119 diamonds, of various sizes, are featured within the design, which is simple, but elegant. The top of the ring features the club's interlocking "NY" logo set in the middle of a baseball-path design, with four larger diamonds representing the bases. That design is set upon a blue sapphire background. Two rows of small diamonds line the perimeter. The left shank features a representation of the newly opened Yankee Stadium, above which is lettered "World Champions," and below, "2009" and "Unity." The right shank displays the name of the recipient, "Torrealba," the Yankees famous "Top Hat" logo, and the word "Tradition." 2009 marked the club's first season in the new Yankee Stadium and a special engraved design on the interior band commemorates that event. The design incorporates a section of the famed stadium facade and is worded "Yankee Stadium/2009/Inaugural Season." Also engraved on the interior band is "Balfour 14K." Also of special note: As is ideal, the ring is accompanied by its original Balfour wood presentation box with Torrealba's name printed along the base. Aquiles Torrealba was a staff employee of the Yankees' minor-leage club in Tampa in 2009. New York Yankees World Series rings from the 2009 season are rarely offered at public sale and this is the first we have ever offered. Most modern-era World Series rings are forever prized as special family keepsakes by extremely well paid players who have no economic incentive to ever part with them. The offering of an employee ring such as this, which is identical in all respects to that received by players, is a very rare exception. Accompanied by an personally handwritten and signed LOA directly from Aquiles Torrealba documenting the sale of the ring to our consignor in 2011. The Yankees spared no expense in the design and cost of their 2009 rings. This is a most extraordinary keepsake and extremely substantial piece of jewelry with considerable intrinsic value for its materials alone. Near Mint condition (both ring and box). Size: approximately 12. Weight: 48.29 grams. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $29,625

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