Of all the various trophies and awards created to honor excellence in the field of sports, perhaps none is more attractive or visually impressive than the Major League Baseball World Series trophy. Offered here is a highly significant example issued to Cincinnati Reds pitcher Gary Nolan to commemorate the club's 1975 World Championship season. These trophies were presented only to players, baseball executives, and owners. Player trophies in particular seldom come to market. This is just the fifth Reds player trophy we can recall seeing at auction in the past fifteen years and the first we have ever offered. Produced by world-renowned jewelers Balfour, the imposing design features twenty-four gold-colored pennants, bearing the team name of each Major League franchise respectively, displayed around the perimeter of the black wooden base. The interior metal design consists of a silver baseball, set within a gold band, atop which rests a crown. Displayed directly in front of this are the 1975 World Series press pins for the Reds and the Red Sox. The gold-colored band affixed around the base reads "Cincinnati Reds - World Champions 1975 - Gary Nolan, Pitcher" in black lettering. The 1975 Fall Classic remains one of the most memorable postseason series on record due in large part to Carlton Fisk's dramatic game-winning home run in Game 6. Despite Fisk's heroics, the Reds came back the next night to defeat the Sox 4-3, thus capturing their first World Championship in thirty-five years and officially ushering in the era of "The Big Red Machine." Nolan, who was 15-9 during the regular season, started Games 3 and 6 for the Reds in the Series, with both starts ending in no decisions. Nolan retired after the 1977 season with a lifetime record of 110-70 and a 3.08 ERA. This is a both a significant and rare World Series Trophy, issued to one of the team's key players, commemorating the start of one of baseball's legendary dynasties. The trophy displays moderate wear, including minor tarnishing to the metal components, moderate chipping to the black base, and small cracks to the wood grain along some of the points of entry for the pennant poles. Height: 12 inches. Diameter: 7 inches. Circumference: 23 inches. The substantial size/weight of this item requires that there will be a shipping charge for this lot (which will vary depending upon where it is being shipped). The shipping charge will be billed separately from the auction invoice
. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open).
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