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Circa 1970 New York Mets Team Ring
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $2,320.00
Extremely attractive team ring issued by the New York Mets, circa 1970. Created by Balfour, the 10K gold ring features the New York Mets "New York Skyline" logo on the front in raised relief. A single small diamond and two red rubies accentuate the front design. The right shank depicts a full-length image of the "Mr. Met" mascot, while the left shank depicts Shea Stadium. The initials "T. C." are engraved along the interior band. Little is known about this rare team ring, including its precise date of issue. The only other example we have been able to locate resides in the personal collection of the "Ring Man," legendary ring collector Irv Lerner, and was originally obtained from former Major League player and Mets employee Hershel Martin. According to information given to our consignor many years ago by a Mets front office executive, these rings were extremely limited in their distribution, and only presented as special keepsakes to front office personnel. While we cannot verify that information, it seems plausible given the ring's extraordinarily high quality and caliber craftsmanship, as well as the extreme rarity of such rings today. This is an exceptional and very substantial keepsake commemorating one of baseball's most famous expansion clubs. Approximate size: 8.75. Near Mint condition. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $2,320.00
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