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George Kelly 1973 Hall of Fame Induction Ring
Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $4,060.00
This 10K gold ring was presented to George Kelly upon his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973. Hall of Fame rings are extremely rare as there is only one made for each player, which is presented upon induction, and which symbolizes the greatest recognition and achievement possible. Few Hall of Famers have ever parted with their Hall of Fame rings, and these rings are often kept by family members even after a player's passing. This ring originates directly from the Kelly family. Hall of Fame rings were first presented by the Hall of Fame in the late 1960s, making this one of the earliest ever presented. On the top is a silver baseball set upon a black background surrounded by "Baseball Hall of Fame" in raised letters around the face. One side of the ring reads "Kelly - Elected 1973" with a ball and crossed bat design. The opposite side has "1st Baseman - The National Baseball Hall of Fame" with a high relief of the Hall itself. "Balfour" and "10K" are engraved on the interior band. The ring is size 13. George "Highpockets" Kelly was one of the top fielding first basemen of the era and he joined Frank Frisch, Dave Bancroft, and Heinie Groh in what many consider the best Giant infield of all time. He batted over .300 for six consecutive seasons (1921-1926) and twice he hit three home runs in one game. He also knocked in 100 or more runs four years in a row, capped by a league- and career-high 136 in 1924. The ring shows light wear and is in Excellent condition. Accompanied by a signed document from Kelly's son attesting to its authenticity. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$6,000. SOLD FOR $4,060.00
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