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1979 Johnny Bench All-Star Game Ring
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $5,400
1979 All-Star Game ring issued to Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench for his participation in baseball's annual midsummer classic. This ring originates directly from Johnny Bench and is accompanied by a signed one-page LOA from Bench attesting to its provenance. (Bench sold many of his personal baseball items, including this ring, at auction in 2015; it was purchased by our consignor at that sale.) The silver-colored ring features an orange stone on the front, below which are five smaller gemstones. "Baseball All Star" is lettered along the bezel. One shank features the name "Bench" above the "50th All-Star Game" anniversary logo. The opposite shank displays the year ("1979") and the Seattle Mariners team logo (the game was played in Seattle). "Balfour Quasar Plus" is engraved on the interior band. 1979 marked the twelfth time that Bench was selected to the National League All-Star Game roster, but unfortunately he was unable to appear in the game due to injury. Bench, of course, is considered by many to be the greatest catcher in baseball history. A two-time home-run champion and winner of two MVP Awards and ten consecutive Gold Glove Awards, Bench was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1989, his first year of eligibility. In 1999 he received his final honor when he was named as one of two catchers to baseball’s All-Century Team. The ring remains in Near Mint condition. Size: approximately 10.75. Weight: approximately 20 grams. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $5,400
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