April 30, 2015
This was the first career ring made by a prominent championship ring company. Designed for Mantle fans and championship ring collectors, pardon the pun – it was a big hit.
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The Mickey Mantle championship ring was fully authorized and licensed by the Mantle family and was designed and made by Balfour shortly after his death.
Balfour has been designing every single Yankee championship ring for decades.
The solid yellow gold 10K ring contained 6 real diamonds, although in my opinion, they should have figured out how to manufacture the championship ring with 7 diamonds – Mickey’s uniform number. Originally the ring was to be produced in a quantity of 536 pieces, matching Mantle’s total home run tally. Due to supposed financial reasons, or perhaps lack of initial interest, only 350 were produced.
Although it has been stated that 350 pieces were made, I believe a lot less were produced because every single ring contained a unique serial number and I have never seen a number higher than 153.
As you can see in the photo above, the championship ring contains a prominent “7″ on the top, along with his name and first and last seasons playing for the Yankees. One side, has his most impressive accomplishments and the other, pays homage to Yankee stadium, a facsimile of his autograph, and the date he retired.
The ring came in a small wooden box with another facsimile autograph. The small wooden presentation box is the same style and size as the Yankees 1996 World Series ring box. This is a strong clue that the Mantle career championship ring was produced around this time period.
With less than 200 of these rings in existence, they come up for auction occasionally and sell in the $3,000 price range.
I would advise against wearing this gorgeous ring – the statistics on the baseball bats would wear down fairly quickly, since they protrude a lot from the ring.
Please remember that I love to buy championship rings. So if you have a championship ring that you would like to sell, please let me know as soon as possible.