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Lot # 1038 (of 1512)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1953 Bill Miller New York Yankees World Series Ring

Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $8,400

Historically significant New York Yankees World Series ring issued to pitcher Bill Miller in commemoration of the club's record fifth consecutive World Championship in 1953. The 14K gold ring, produced by Balfour, makes special note of that accomplishment by featuring a large number "5" on the top, in the center of which is a single diamond. "New York Yankees World Champions" is lettered in relief along the bezel. Each shank features a floral motif and displays the New York Yankees "Top Hat" logo, above which is the year, "1953." Engraved on the interior of the band is the name "Bill Miller" in block letters, along with the stampings "Balfour" and "14k." It should be noted that the style of engraving for Miller's name and the style of the Balfour stamp are not standard for this ring. Player names were normally engraved in a calligraphic script; however, it is probable that players could choose a different engraving style if so desired, which appears to have been the case here. The Balfour stamping seen here is one that dates to the 1970s or early 1980s. Given that fact, it is almost certain that the ring was later returned to Balfour for resizing, a process which would have destroyed the original mark, resulting in the company using the current stamping of the time. (As players aged and gained weight, they often needed to have their rings resized; it was, and still is, a common practice.) This ring has been consigned directly by highly respected ring expert and collector Michael Borkan, who has provided a signed and notarized letter of authenticity and provenance. In his letter, Borkan documents his purchase of the ring from the owner of a gold-buying and estate-buying company in 2014. The company had purchased this ring along with a number of other pieces of Bill Miller's personal memorabilia directly from the Miller family. At the time of purchase, this ring was accompanied by its original 1953 presentation box, which Mr. Borkan has kept because it is exceedingly rare and represents the only example in his collection. Pictures of the ring and the original box are included within the body of the letter. This is a most exceptional and highly desirable player's ring commemorating the end of the greatest World Championship dynasty in the history of professional sports. Size: approximately 12.5. Weight: 46.9 grams. LOA Michael Borkan of www.sports-rings.com. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $8,400


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