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1969 Nolan Ryan New York Mets World Series Ring - Salesman's Sample
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,856.00
Catalog Description Addendum: The manufacturer of this ring is Jenkins, not Jostens as misidentified in the printed catalog. Both companies have a "J" as part of their logo, but the Jostens logo is a "J" in a triangle, whereas the Jenkins logo (as appears on the interior of the band of this ring) is a "J" in a circle."
Salesman's sample 1969 Nolan Ryan World Series ring, manufactured by Jenkins for use by the company's sales personnel, is virtually identical to the actual rings presented to the Mets players and executives in 1969, but is made of 10K gold instead of 14K. The front of the ring features a single imitation diamond set upon a blue stone, with the words "New York Mets - World Champions - 1969" engraved in raised relief along the perimeter. The right shank features the name "Ryan," his uniform number ("30") and his position ("P"), as well as the Mets team logo and a depiction of a baseball cap. The left shank features a depiction of Shea Stadium, above which, engraved on three separate banners, respectively, are "Eastern Division," National League," and "World Series." Below the Shea Stadium design is a crown, upon which is engraved the words "Mets vs. Orioles." Engraved along the interior of the ring is the serial number ("S3592-100"), along with the Jenkins logo and "10K." Salesman's sample rings are rare because they are a seriously expensive sales tool which, understandably, are not given away as promotional gifts. They are very popular with collectors when available, and represent a relatively affordable alternative to the virtually identical rings owned by the players, which would be many times more expensive if available. Approximate Size: 11.25. Near Mint condition. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,856.00
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