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1984 Kirk Gibson Detroit Tigers World Series Ring - Salesman's Sample
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $3,231.25
This original salesman's sample 1984 Kirk Gibson World Series ring, manufactured by Balfour for use by the company's sales personnel, is identical in design to the actual rings presented to the Tigers players and executives in 1984, but is made of gold-toned cellestrium (as opposed to 14K). The front of the ring features a baseball diamond design, decorated with five ersatz diamonds, set upon a blue stone. Encircling the stone, in raised relief, is "Detroit Tigers World Champions." The left shank features the name "Gibson" and the letter "D" (in the ornate style of Detroit's logo). The right shank displays the year, "1984," above a likeness of a tiger head. All of the lettering and designs are in raised relief. Engraved on the interior band are the company's initials "LGB" and the ring's serial number. The 1984 Tigers began the season by winning thirty-five of their first forty games en route to their first pennant in sixteen years. They capped their remarkable season by easily defeating the Padres in the World Series. Gibson, one of the game's all-time clutch hitters, once again rose to the occasion in the "fall classic." The three-time All-Star outfielder batted .333 and led the Tigers with two home runs and seven RBI in the five-game series. Salesmen'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. Near Mint condition. Size: Approximately 11.75. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $3,231.25
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