February 27, 2019

This well known Yankee player’s World Series Ring can be yours, but is this a good deal?

Hector Lopez World Series Ring

I am not affiliated with this championship ring, or the owner, or the third party company selling this ring. I’m just here to blog about the world of championship rings.

Here’s an interesting Yankee World Series Ring that caught my eye on eBay. It looks authentic and it’s claimed that it was presented to Hector Lopez.

Lopez was a two time World Series champion as a player with the Yankees in 1961 and 1962. He played five seasons with the A’s before being traded to the Yankees in 1959. He played eight seasons with the Yankees and retired after the 1966 season.

After retirement, Lopez stayed in New York and worked for the Yankees organization in various capacities.

The 1996 World Series ring shown above, was most probably earned as a coach, or assistant coach, or front office employee.

Like many of the 1996 Yankee World Series rings offered for sale, it’s almost identical to the player version. It’s the same size and everything about it is the same as the player’s version, except the players ring contains a large center diamond on the top of the World Series ring.

My main concern about the offered World Series ring is that there is no mention of any paperwork that comes with this World Series ring. What happens if Lopez, or his family, claims the ring is stolen and has a police report? If you are a reader of this blog than you know if you try to sell it, the championship ring can be seized.

Also, it appears this championships ring may have been the one that sold three days ago in a Leland’s auction for $10,359.60. Perhaps it’s the same ring, or perhaps Lopez had two 1996 World Series rings. How would the winning bidder in an auction that ended three days ago have time to acquire the championship ring and give it to another auction company (Probstein123) to sell on eBay?

If you are not familiar with Probstein123, they are a huge company that consigns items and sells them on eBay. They are truly gigantic – having amassed over half a million feedbacks and transactions on eBay!

The asking price for this World Series ring on eBay is $16,000.00 with no counter offers being accepted. If the market place refused to spend more than $10,359.60 for this World Series ring in an auction that ended a few days ago, why would the consigner believe they could now sell the ring for more than 50% more? And with no counter offer option available.

Championship ring collecting is a strange world – I never forget this.

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

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