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1952 World Series Ring Given to Umpire Arthur Passarella (Yankees vs Dodgers)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $8,225.00
World Series ring issued to American League umpire Arthur Passarella for his participation in the 1952 “fall classic” between the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers. While most World Series rings were issued to players in honor of being on the World Championship team, during the Golden Years of New York baseball in the early 1950s these special rings were made for the World Series umpires. (We're not sure how many years umpires were presented with rings; we've only seen a few over the years and all were from the same era.) The 10K gold ring features a single diamond set in the front surrounded by the raised-relief lettering “World Series – Umpire – 1952.” The left shank displays a crossed bat and ball motif, in the center of which is a depiction of a glove. A banner along the top is engraved “Brooklyn,” while a scroll at the base is engraved “Dodgers.” The right shank displays the image of an umpire. A banner along the top is engraved “New York,” while the scroll at the base is engraved “Yankees.” The name “Art Passarella” is engraved on the interior band, as is the name of the manufacturer and weight, “Balfour 10K.” Arthur Passarella was an American League umpire for eleven years (1941-1942, and 1945-1953), during which time he was selected to work in three World Series (1945, 1949, and 1952) and two All-Star Games (1947 and 1951). The ring displays heavy wear, most noticeably to each shank, where nearly all of the lettering to both respective team names, “Dodgers” and “Yankees,” has been worn away. Very Good condition. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $8,225.00
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