1972 Charlie Finley Oakland A's World Series Ring
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $14,100
Addendum: Please note that when we wrote the catalog description for this lot, we did not realize that the diamond in the Charlie Finley 1972 World Series ring was a CZ. In this rare case, we're not how much (if at all) this affects the value of the ring, since Charlie Finley was so legendary for being extremely frugal.
Highly significant 1972 Oakland A's World Series ring issued to team owner Charlie Finley. This ring originates from the legendary collection of Charlie Conlon and was one of the many surprises we discovered when processing his material. We always knew that Charlie Conlon was very close friends with former Oakland A's team owner Charlie Finley. This ring was obviously obtained by Conlon directly from Finley. World Series rings issued to players are rarely offered for public sale due to the fact that most are treasured family keepsakes that are handed down from generation to generation. Normally it is only in times of financial hardship that they become available for sale. Rings issued to team owners are normally never available to collectors (financial hardship is usually not a concern for team owners or their families). Aside from the complete collection of Del Webb's New York Yankees World Series rings, which were once part of the famed Barry Halper Collection, we can only recall having seen a few other owner's rings at public auction. The fact that this ring belonged to Charles Finley, one of the most famous and outlandish owners of all time, and dates from the first of his club's three consecutive World Championships, makes it one of the most desirable non-player World Series rings of the era. The 14K gold ring, manufactured by Josten's, displays a single CZ diamond set within a large green stone on the front. Encircling the stone, in relief, is the notation "World Champions 1972" The left shank features the A's team logo set within a baseball design. Above the logo is the name of the city, "Oakland," and below it the name of the recipient, "Finley," each lettered in relief. The right shank features, in descending order, a banner reading "World Series," the Series result, "A's 4 - Reds 3," a second banner bearing the name, "Charles O. Finley," and the letters "S + S = S." All of the letters are displayed in relief, with the exception of Finley's name, which is engraved on the banner. "Jostens 14K" is stamped on the interior band. According to published reports, Finley paid $3,000 a piece for the team's 1972 rings, which was a sizable amount at that time and quite contrary to his penurious nature. It should also be noted that in 1973 and 1974 Finley intentionally and famously ordered very cheap World Series rings (neither contained diamonds nor precious stones) in retaliation for what he perceived was an ungrateful response by his players after receiving their 1972 rings (his relationship with the players could be termed adversarial at best). Therefore, this ring represents the only significant A's World Series ring issued during the team's 1972-1974 dynasty. Size: approximately 10.5. Near Mint condition. Together with the original Josten's box. Accompanying the ring is a 1974 Oakland A's World Series ring issued to Finley's wife (the two divorced in 1980). The 10k gold ring, manufactured by Josten's, features the name "A's" lettered in gold upon a green stone on the front. Encircling the stone, in relief, are the words, "World Champions." Both the left and right shank feature the same identical design: a three-leaf clover with the years "72," 73," and "74" lettered, respectively, on each leaf. "Jostens 10K" is stamped on the interior band. Size: approximately 5.25. Near Mint condition. Total 2 rings. From the Charlie Conlon Collection. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $14,100