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Withdrawn From Auction: 1969 New York Mets World Series Ring Issued to Bill Shea Jr.

Starting Bid - $1, Sold For -

WITHDRAWN: This item has been withdrawn from the auction due to a title issue. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Highly significant and rare 1969 New York Mets World Series ring commemorating the first World Championship in franchise history. Equal to its great significance is its extraordinary provenance. Perhaps no name is more closely associated with the Mets than that of Bill Shea, for whom Shea Stadium was named. This ring was presented to Bill Shea Jr., the son of William "Bill" Shea. The elegant design of the gold ring (Karat-weight unknown), produced by Jostens, features a single diamond set upon a blue stone. The ring's bezel reads "New York Mets - World Champions - 1969." The left shank displays the recipient's name, "Shea," engraved on a banner above the Mets team logo. Two crossed bats and a baseball cap complete the attractive motif. The elaborately designed right shank features a likeness of Shea Stadium above which are three banners that are engraved, respectively, "Eastern Division," "National League," and "World Series." Below the stadium is a crown that is engraved "Mets vs Orioles." The name of both the recipient,"Bill Shea," and the manufacturer, "Jostens," is engraved on the interior band. (The Jostens name is very faint and only the first three letters, "Jos," are legible. The ring's weight, which is unknown, is not listed, but may also have been lightly engraved and is now no longer visible due to wear as well.) William A. Shea was a prominent New York City attorney who was instrumental in securing a new National League franchise for the city following the departure of the Dodgers and Giants in 1958. The Mets' new stadium was originally going to be named Flushing Meadows Stadium until civic leader Bernard Gimbel spearheaded a campaign to rename the facility Shea Stadium in honor of Shea's tireless efforts to bring National League baseball back to New York. 1969 marked a dramatic turnaround for baseball's sorriest franchise, as the "Miracle Mets" went from ninth to first to capture their first pennant. The club then defeated the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles in the World Series to cap the most memorable season in franchise history. This is the first 1969 Mets World Series ring that we have ever had the privilege to offer. Size: approximately 11.5. The ring displays moderate wear and is in Excellent condition overall. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR

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