September 7, 2014
Ring companies have licensed and created a few memorabilia career rings for New York Yankee legends. I hope Derek Jeter’s next.
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Here’s some interesting facts about the New York Yankee career rings shown above:
The ring on the left is the Joe DiMaggio career ring. In a nod to Joe’s most historic accomplishment, 56 of these rings were produced. Almost as exciting as the ring, each ring came with a letter from the Joe DiMaggio estate, hand signed by Morris Engelbert who was DiMaggio’s lawyer. Also included was a baseball painted with a picture of DiMaggio and Joe’s autograph. Each ball was signed by DiMaggio and included him hand signing the phrase “Yankee Clipper” in quotes. Additionally, each ball was numbered and the number matched the engraving on the ring and paperwork.
The ring contained 14 diamonds, was made of 10K gold and engraved with “Balfour” and the unique production number. The ring and ball were housed in a beautiful wood and glass presentation box.
You hardly ever see these rings, presentation box and baseball come up for sale, so it’s hard to estimate what they would go for.
The most well know career tribute ring is the Mickey Mantle one. Pictured above in the middle, inside each ring is a unique production number stating that the ring is # X of 536. The 536 represents his career number of home runs. Although the run was intended to go until 536, at most, only 350 were produced (probably due to limited demand). The ring is make of 10K solid gold and contains 6 diamonds. The ring was made by Balfour and came with a nice wooden presentation box.
The ring was fully authorized by the Mantle family. Occasionally, you can find these championship sized rings for sale. They sell for around $5,000.00.
The ring on the right is a Yogi Berra Career ring. This ring contains 12 real diamonds and is made of 14K gold. The ring is engraved with “LGB 14K” which is a common and proper abbreviation for Balfour. I am not sure if this ring is authentic or how many were produced. I don’t recall seeing any other Berra rings so I am not sure what the value would be.
I hope that Balfour, Steiner Sports, or the Yankees make a Derek Jeter career ring in a similar style to the rings shown above.
I have never seen a Babe Ruth or Lou Gehrig career ring but those should be designed and manufactured too. I have seen a few Don Mattingly career rings but I am sure, due to the poor quality, that they are not authentic or authorized.