March 12, 2018

I’m not quite sure what the heck this World Series ring really is, but it’s sure interesting:

1955 Broolyn dodger world series rings

I have no idea if this World Series ring is authentic – or even what the heck it actually is.

I’ve learned over the years that sellers of championship rings and auction houses, sometimes are given something to sell and the stories that come with the championship rings don’t add up.

This particular World Series ring does come with a story and some paperwork too, but I really don’t know what to make of it.

First off, I am not affiliated with this World Series ring, or the seller. The eBay seller is Bidamerica, which is affiliated with, or came from, or has some-kind-of relationship with a controversial former auction house called American Memorabilia.

Next, the seller clearly states that this 1955 World Series ring is a “Prototype Ring” and even shows paperwork from the Balfour ring company. The challenge with this World Series ring is that the original ones were made by long-gone Dieges & Clust. They were an awards company that made original Yankee rings in the 1930′s, 40′s and part of the 50′s. They also made Dodger rings and some of the early baseball awards such as the MVP and Cy Young plaques.

Dieges & Clust was acquired to Herff Jones a long time ago, and I believed that the original molds for these rings were long-gone. However, in the auction, they claim Balfour used the original molds to make this championship ring. I examined the ring very carefully, not in person but with the photos supplied in the eBay listing and I can’t find a single part of the World Series ring that looks off, except for the blue stone on top. The blue stone was not cut to house the diamond mount inside the stone. Instead, the mount rests on top of the blue stone.

Although the mount, not being inside the blue stone is not the way the original ring was made, this difference has been seen on authentic championship rings for decades, so is not a big deal.

The seller is asking $8,640 for this World Series ring, and it was made for “a special 50th Anniversary event.”. Best offers are being accepted.

So while I can’t find anything wrong with this World Series ring, I have no idea if it’s authentic, and if it was made with original molds, and what the heck it’s worth, even if it is authentic.

Meanwhile as always, please remember I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.

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