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1970 Jim Hardin Baltimore Orioles World Series Ring in Original Presentation Box
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $16,800
Baltimore Orioles 1970 World Series ring issued to pitcher Jim Hardin, complete with its original presentation box. The top of the 14K gold ring, manufactured by Jenkins, features a single diamond set within a depiction of Memorial Stadium. "Orioles" is lettered in script directly below the diamond. "Baltimore Orioles World Champions" is lettered along the bezel. One shank features the recipient's name ("Hardin"), his uniform number ("44"), the year ("1970"), a depiction of an Orioles cap (rendered in enamel), and a depiction of a ball resting in a glove. The other shank features the American League logo, partially rendered in enamel, which is lettered "1970 Champions." Engraved on the interior are the name of the recipient, "Jim Hardin," and "Jenkins 14K." The Orioles defeated the Cincinnati Reds in five games in the 1970 World Series, with the victory marking the club's second World Championship in five years. Jim Hardin appeared in thirty-six games that season, nineteen as a starter, and finished the year with a 6-5 record and a 3.53 ERA. It should be noted that nearly all of the Baltimore Orioles 1970 World Series rings that have come to market in the past twenty years are either salesman's samples or those issued to front-office personnel. This is only the third example of a player's ring we can recall seeing at auction, making it an exceptionally rare and significant memento commemorating the Orioles' 1970 World Championship season. Near Mint condition. Together with its original hinged presentation box (5 x 4 x 2 inches) featuring the Orioles logo on the interior lid (Ex). Size: approximately 11.5 Weight: approximately 35 grams. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $16,800
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