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2003 Florida Marlins World Series Ring - Largest WS Ring Ever Made!
Starting Bid - $4,000.00, Sold For - $9,280.00
This immense and very ornate piece of jewelry, issued to an executive front office member or scout, commemorates the Florida Marlins 2003 World Championship. The 2003 Marlins ring is the largest World Series ring ever produced. Measuring 1.25 x 1.5 inches along its widest surface points, and weighing an extraordinary seventy grams, the 10K gold ring features 122 separate CZ diamonds of various sizes and thirteen additional colored gemstones adorning the top piece and sides. The front bears a depiction of a marlin fish and reads "Marlins - World Champions." The left side reads "World Series - 100th Anniversary - 2003" and features the Major League Baseball logo. Also displayed on that same side are the team logos of both the Marlins and their opponents, respectively, in the NL Division Series, NL Championship Series and World Series, as well as the score from the final game of each series. The right side features a highly detailed depiction of the Championship Trophy and lists the year ("2003) and the team's regular season record ("91-71"). Also recorded on the right side is the last name of the recipient (the name will be released only to the winner per the consignor's request) and title. "Intergold" and "10K" are engraved along the interior of the band. The ring is housed in its original presentation box: a gorgeous wooden display box with circular glass top opening for ideal display. The team name, year, and team owner's name are engraved upon the top of the lid: "Marlins - World Champions 2003 - Jeffery H. Loria." Both the ring (size 9.5) and box are in Near Mint condition. Modern-era World Series rings are in most cases far more difficult to obtain (and often more valuable) than rings from an earlier era. This is due in part because ballplayers make so much more money in the modern era than in years past that there is rarely a reason for a World Series ring recipient in the modern era to consider parting with his ring. They are saved as family keepsakes. In addition, while rings of years past were usually very simple in design and without a tremendous amount of value in terms of materials, many modern era rings are very elaborately designed with literally thousands of dollars in gold, diamonds, and gemstones. The economic considerations make the issuing of World Series rings in modern times an all the more serious and exclusive honor. No World Series ring is larger, or more elaborate in design and use of valuable materials, than this ring. It is so large it almost appears to be a sculpture rather than a ring. This is the first 2003 World Series ring we have seen. And after having seen it, we will certainly never forget it, for it is truly one of the most impressive championship rings (for any sport) ever produced. Reserve $4,000. Estimate $8,000++. SOLD FOR $9,280.00
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