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2009 New York Yankees World Series Ring (119 Diamonds!) with Original Box - Front Office Employee
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $16,800
New York Yankees World Series ring, issued to a front-office employee, 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, "Root," 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." Ideally, the ring is accompanied by its original Balfour wooden presentation box with Root's name printed along the base. New York Yankees World Series rings from the 2009 season are seldom offered at public sale and this is only the third example we have ever offered. The first appeared as Lot 1261 in our April 2014 auction (realized $29,625) and the second appeared as Lot 938 in our October 2014 sale (realized $30,000). 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. 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: 12. Weight: 45 grams. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $16,800
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