Merv Rettenmund 1990 Oakland Athletics American League Championship Ring

Sold For: $2,400

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1995

Item Year: 1990

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Oakland Athletics 1990 American League Championship ring issued to batting coach Merv Rettenmund, complete in its original wood presentation case. Ideally, the ring is accompanied by a signed LOA from Rettenmund attesting to its provenance. The design of the 10K gold ring features a representation of an elephant and three diamonds set upon green stone. The diamonds represent the club's three consecutive pennants, with the largest of the three diamonds in the center commemorating the team's 1989 World Championship. The lettering along the bezel reads "Oakland American League Champions." One shank displays the recipient's name ("Rettenmund"), the A's logo, and the notation "A's-4 B-0," which references the A's four-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox in the playoffs. The opposite shank reads "1990 Athletics" and features a representation of the Oakland Coliseum. Below the Coliseum is the number "2,900,217," which denotes the A's season attendance mark. The interior band is engraved "10K©Jostens." The ring displays light wear and is in Excellent condition overall. Together with its original wood presentation case (6.25 x 3.5 x 2.5 inches; Near Mint) that features an engraved interior plaque reading "Oakland Athletics/American League Champions/1990/Merv Rettenmund." Accompanied by a signed LOA from Rettenmund. Approximate size: 12. Approximate weight: 45 grams. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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