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Joe DiMaggio Career Ring - Prototype

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $1,763

This extremely rare Joe DiMaggio "career" ring was the brainchild of one of DiMaggio's marketing agents, who had intended to mass-market the ring as part of a joint business venture between the two. Unfortunately, the project never came to fruition and this ring is one of only a few samples made at the time. Our consignor was good friends with the marketing agent and it was through that association that he was lucky enough to obtain this rare and desirable ring commemorating the career of the legendary "Yankee Clipper." Crafted by the renowned jewelry firm Jostens, the 10K gold ring features the number "5" on the front surrounded by approximately twenty-seven small diamonds. "Most Valuable Player - American League 1941" is lettered around the front border. The left shank displays an image of a baseball upon which are the letters "BBWAA" (Baseball Writers Association of America). Lettered above the ball is the phrase "The Player," and below the word "Nonpareil." The right shank features the New York Yankees "NY" logo, above which is DiMaggio's full name, "Joseph Paul DiMaggio," and below which is his position, "Centerfield." All of the lettering is done in relief. Josten's logo and copyright emblem, along with the notation "10K," are engraved on the interior band. Size: 9.5. As a point of reference, a Mickey Mantle career ring, of which 536 were produced, sold in our 2007 auction for $4,112. This is both a rare and unusual DiMaggio display piece, as well as a very finely crafted piece of baseball jewelry with substantial inherent materials value, and the first and only example we have ever seen. Together with the original Jostens ring case and box. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,763

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