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1978 New York Yankees World Series Ring - The Real Deal!
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $9,000
Few of us had the privilege of earning a Yankees World Series ring as a player or key employee with the legendary Yankees teams of the late 1970s, but fortunately, every once in a while, an example becomes available from someone who did! Highly desirable New York Yankees World Series ring commemorating the club's memorable 1978 World Championship. The top of the 10K gold ring features a single diamond resting on a blue stone. Twenty-one smaller diamonds are displayed along the perimeter of the stone. "World Champions" is lettered in relief along the bezel. The right shank displays a design incorporating the 1977 World Series trophy, the Yankees team logo, and the famous Yankee Stadium facade, all of which are done in relief. The words "Pride" and "Tradition" are engraved below the year. The left shank bears the engraved name of the recipient "Silvestri," below which is the New York Yankees "NY" logo, the year, "1978, and and the words "Pride" and "Tradition," each in relief. 1978 Yankees roster player rings, understandably, rarely become available (as the players tend to want to keep their prized World Series rings as family keepsakes and so often have the financial ability to do so. Occasionally an executive or Yankee employee ring becomes available, as is the case here. While not a roster player, Silvestri was obviously a highly valued member of the Yankees organization to receive a ring; our consignor was told at the time the ring was acquired that Silvestri was a bullpen catcher for the Yankees that season. The initials "LGB," indicating the manufacturer as Balfour, and "10K" are engraved on the interior. Also engraved on the interior are the words "World's Greatest Comeback." That phrase, of course, commemorates the Yankees' remarkable comeback in winning the pennant after trailing the Boston Red Sox by fourteen games on July 19th. The two clubs ultimately finished tied for first at the end of the season, setting the stage for the Yankees' dramatic victory in the one-game playoff held at Fenway Park. The Yankees then went on to defeat the Royals in the playoffs and the Dodgers in the World Series to complete the most improbable World Championship in franchise history. Near Mint condition.
Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $9,000
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