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Monte Irvin 1981 All-Star Game Ring

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,160.00

Official 1981 All-Star ring presented to Hall of Famer Monte Irvin by Major League Baseball. Stunning high-quality ring made of celestrium by Balfour features a blue stone in the center bordered by six smaller spinels and surrounded by "Baseball All Star" in raised letters around the face. One side of the ring reads "Irvin - 1981 All-Star Game - Cleveland." The opposite side has the National and American League logos and the Major League Baseball logo. The names "Balfour" and "Celestrium" are engraved on the interior band. The ring is size 12. Few ballplayers have enjoyed a longer or more significant career with baseball than Monte Irvin. Irvin's Hall of Fame career began with the Newark Eagles in the Negro Leagues in 1938. He was one of the first black players to be signed after baseball's color line was broken by Jackie Robinson in 1947. Following his playing days as a star with the Giants, Irvin served as a scout for the New York Mets from 1967 to 1968, and later spent seventeen years (1968-1984) as a public relations specialist for the commissioner's office under the Bowie Kuhn administration, during which time he received this ring. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1973. The ring shows very little wear and is in Near Mint condition. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,160.00

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