Lot 632: 1998 New York Yankees World Championship Ring
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Auction Date:1/10/2014 9:00 PM EST
Few teams produced a season quite like the 1998 Yankees, who racked up 114 regular-season wins before taking 11 of their 13 postseason games to claim their 24th World Series title. Such a special achievement deserved an appropriate prize, and the franchise delivered with this genuine ring that is identical to the one the players received: 14 Karat gold and encrusted with real diamonds. The Size 9.5 ring is stamped on the inside with "Balfour c. 14K" and belonged to a Yankees employee with last name Forrest. "1998 WORLD CHAMPIONS" is displayed on the outer ring of the face with diamond-studded NY in the center against a blue backdrop. The left panel reads "FORREST" and "TRADITION" wth a depiction of the World Series trophy superimposed over an illustration of the Stadium. The right panel reads: "125-50," referencing the team's overall record including postseason, the team logo and "BEST EVER." Owner George Steinbrenner reportedly handed out more rings in 1998 than any other year to date, with actor Kevin Costner even receiving one, presumably because he starred in the movie "For Love of the Game," which was shot at Yankee Stadium that year. New York sept the San Diego Padres in the Fall Classic to complete the winningest season in American League history. The substantial, sensational ring is in NRMT condition and a brilliant piece of commemorative jewelry.
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