June 26, 2015

Satchel Paige’s, Hall of Fame championship ring is coming to auction. The historic ring is a key item of the July 17, Lelands’ auction.

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Picture of Satchel Paige Hall of Fame ring

The starting bid for the Hall of Fame ring is $25,000.

Paige was awarded the championship ring when he became the first player from the Negro Leagues to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971. Paige reached Major League Baseball in 1948; only a year behind Jackie Robinson, but by that time he was 42 years old.   Still a great pitcher at that age, he was selected for two All-Star Games.

Paige’s ability during his many years in the Negro leagues are legendary and are backed up by testimonials from Major Leaguers who played against Paige on barnstorming tours. Joe DiMaggio called Paige “the best I’ve ever faced, and the fastest.” Dizzy Dean said: “My fastball looks like a change of pace alongside that pistol bullet ol’ Satch shoots up to the plate. If Satch and me were pitching on the same team, we’d clinch the pennant by the Fourth of July and go fishing until World Series time.”

For championship ring collectors, here’s a fascinating fact about this ring: At one time, Paige headlined a barnstorming team that played against a team with Bob Feller. It was through Feller that Lelands got this historic ring.   Lelands reported the championship ring was part of a collection of Satchel Paige memorabilia obtained by Feller and an associate in the 1980s.

“The story we were told by the Feller group was that it was lost to a friend of Satchel’s,” said a Lelands press release on the ring.

Here’s a lesson why championship ring collectors have to be so careful when shelling out big bucks for rings: Lelands said another Hall of Fame ring was recently auctioned by the Paige family for $259,642.   That ring is thought to be the replacement, but no one is exactly sure.   “Based on the level of wear and the source, this is likely the first one Paige was given,” Lelands said of the ring being auctioned in July.

Does two Satchel Paige Hall of Fame rings hurt the value of each championship ring?

Time will tell.

Please remember, I buy championship rings, so if you have one you would like to sell, please reach out to me.

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