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Lot 1483: 1936-41 Lefty Gomez New York Yankees World Champions Ring
This iridescent championship ring was given to Lefty Gomez during the Yankees' post-Babe Ruth dynasty, the exact year of which is unknown for a very simple and engaging reason -- Lefty loved it so much that he wore it for many years, and constantly taking it off and putting it back on his finger rubbed off much of the detail on the ring's shanks, leaving only the remnants of a ball and crossed-bat design. We can determine, however, that the Dieges and Clust 14k gold ring must have come from any of the Bombers' championship seasons of 1936, '37, '38, '39 and '41, since the team was given the same style ring for each of those seasons. It may well be from the first of those years, if Lefty's fondness for it can be taken as a sentimental attachment to the first ring. The contrast between this simple but profound ring and the blinding, Volvo-sized baubles of today is remarkable. The center has no wording, only 5 diamonds forming an infield "diamond." Interior of the band is engraved "Vernon Gomez" and "D&C 14K." Ring originally came from a Gomez family member, and obviously meant a great deal to everyone in the family.
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