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1957-1958 St. Louis Hawks World Championship Ring - Front-Office Provenance!
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $6,600
Exceedingly rare St. Louis Hawks ring, issued to a team executive, commemorating the club's 1957/1958 World Championship season. This is one of only two 1957/1958 St. Louis Hawks World Championship rings we can recall ever having seen at auction. It is also an extremely early NBA Championship ring, with only a few other auction examples predating it. Ideally, it comes with the provenance of having been consigned by the original recipient, Jack Levitt, who was a front-office employee of the Hawks in 1957 (he served as both the public address announcer and as a scout). The front of the 14K gold ring features the Hawks team logo, below which is lettered "St. Louis Hawks." The lettering around the bezel reads "1957 1958 NBA Champions." Each shank features an identical floral pattern, lettered in the center of which, respectively, are a "J" and an "L." (The letters, of course, represent the initials of the recipient's first and last name.) The engraving on the interior band reads "14K." No manufacturer is listed. The 1957/1958 NBA finals witnessed a championship rematch between the Hawks and the powerful Boston Celtics, who defeated the Hawks in seven games the year prior. An injury to Celtics star center Bill Russell, who, ironically was traded from the Hawks to the Celtics in 1956, helped the Hawks grab a 3-2 lead in the series. In Game 6 Russell returned to the Celtics lineup, but he was no match for Hawks forward Bob Pettitt, who scored 50 points in the Hawks 110-109 victory, thereby giving the club its first and only NBA title in franchise history. As noted earlier, this is one of only two 1957-1958 St. Louis Hawks World Championship rings we have ever seen at auction, both of which originate directly from front-office personnel. The offered ring has been in our consignor's sole possession since the day he received it in 1958 and is accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity in which he attests to its provenance. The ring displays normal light wear commensurate with its age and use. In outstanding Excellent to Mint condition overall. Size: approximately 8.75. Weight: 20 grams. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $6,600
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