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Wait To You Hear What Happened to the Mets PR Manager’s 1986 World Series Ring

October 27, 2015


Everyone knows the Mets have been cheap the last few seasons, but the story below takes the cake:

New York Mets 1986 World Series Ring


Jay Horwitz, the long time New York Mets Vice President of Public Relations and Mets third base coach Tim Teufel, the second baseman on the 1986 World Series winning team, are the select group among the club’s traveling party to own a 1986 Mets World Series ring.

Apparently, Jay hasn’t been able to wear his World Series ring recently.

I just learned that Horwitz’s 1986 World Series ring is showcased in the Mets Hall of Fame, located at Citi Field.

Want to know why it’s on display there? It’s because the Mets needed a representative championship ring for their museum.

Horwitz stated that the World Series ring is not showcased because of anything special he did.

Reading between the lines, the Mets were possibly too cheap to order a new ring from the original maker of this championship ring – Balfour.

I’m sure Balfour would accommodate the Mets and produce a shiny new World Series ring for the museum. These requests are made and accommodated all the time for normal functioning sports organizations.

I hope the Mets do the correct thing and someday soon return to Horwitz his original 1986 Mets World Series ring.

Please remember as always, I buy championship rings, so please let me know if you would like to discuss selling your ring to me.


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The Championship Rings of the New York Mets

October 26, 2015


The Mets are winners of four championship rings, and now, no matter how the World Series goes, will be receiving a fifth ring:

(Click picture below for a larger picture)New York Mets World Series Rings


Pictured above, from left to right:

The Mets 1969 World Series ring, the 1973 National League Championship ring, the 1986 World Series Ring and the 2000 National League Championship ring.

The 1969 ring was a large ring, as you can see slightly larger than the 1986 championship ring, and it dwarfs the 1973 ring next to it.

The 1969 championship ring was made by Jostens in 14K gold (many front office rings and some players who had rings remade, had them done in 10K gold.)

The 1973 ring is one of the smallest MLB championship rings I have seen or owned. The ring was made by Balfour in 10K solid gold, and my player ring, weighs a puny 26 grams. Modern World Series rings are about three times as large and heavy now. To match the puny size, little diamond chips (it would be unfair to call them diamonds) are sprinkled on the baseball. I like the fact that the baseball on top of the championship ring has bold red color baseball stitching and diamond chips. It creates a very nice and unique look.

The next item, is the Mets 1986 World Series ring. It’s a nice looking ring, with a center diamond and 24 small diamonds that circle the ring top. The 24 diamonds stand for the team’s 24 years in existence at the time the World Series ring was made. The ring was made by Balfour in 10K gold.

If you look closely, you can see the oxidation issue I wrote about yesterday.

The ring on the right is a player’s 2000 National League ring, made in 10K yellow gold. The ring is 10K and weighs 35 grams. I have always found this ring to be attractive and I’m surprised that there are perpetually two or three of these rings continually offered on ebay.

There are a few versions of this championship ring out there, some front office personal received worthless imitation diamonds, while the players and some in the organization received real diamonds. Also, some of the rings were made of non gold and others solid gold.

The real puzzling thing about the player’s version, is that I believe most or all were made in 10K gold. However, I’ve seen one or two player rings that were made in 14K gold. How could this be? Perhaps the players had 2nd rings made, and got the choice to upgrade the gold content?

It’s no secret that due to the Bernard Madoff financial disaster the Mets are going through, they’ve become a very cheap organization. It will be interesting to see how this translates into front office rings and player rings. Will the origination go cheap and offer very little bling for staff? Will the player championship rings be insultingly small or will the team come around and realize this is a very rare opportunity to add a special fifth championship ring to the history of the organization?

Time will tell.

Please remember, I buy championship rings, so please let me know if we should talk about you selling your championship ring.


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It’s Been a long time Since The Mets Were Awarded Championship Rings

March 27, 2015


The championship ring drought came to an end this week;   at least at the minor league level:

New York Mets World Series Championship Ring


The Binghamton Mets received their 2014 Eastern League Championship rings during a ceremony at the Mets Spring Training complex in Port St. Lucie, FL on Tuesday morning.

I hope the major league team, executives and ownership were on hand since the big league Mets have done so poorly since their last World Series appearance 15 seasons ago.

It was the Binghamton Mets first Eastern League title in more than 20 years.

The Binghamton Mets are a Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets major-league club. They play in NYSEG Stadium, located in Binghamton New York. Binghamton is located in central New York, about 3 hours Northwest of New York City.

Prior to moving to Binghamton in 1992, the franchise was located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania during the 1987 to 1991 seasons. They were known as the Williamsport Bills. The team was an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians in 1987 and 1988, and was affiliated with the Seattle Mariners during the 1989 and 1990 seasons before being purchased by the New York Mets in 1991.

Minor league championship rings are very cool to collect. For championship ring collectors on a budget, they offer stunning rings with big-league logos.

Typically, depending upon whether they are made of solid gold and real diamonds, prices tend to fall in the $500 – $2,000 price range.

Please remember, I buy championship rings. If you are looking to sell your championship ring, give me a shout!


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Sometimes With Championship Rings – Rust Never Sleeps

November 19, 2014


Balfour had an issue with oxidation when they manufactured the 1986 Mets World Series rings. Now it looks like the same problem occurred a year earlier as well.

Royals 1985 World Series Championship Ring **photo description here**


Pictured above is a 1985 Kansas City World Series ring that was manufactured by Balfour. Look closely at the blue sapphire stone and you will see an unintended pattern.

That’s the result of oxidation. Championship ring manufacturers, sometimes place a thin layer of metal under sapphire stones and when it’s exposed to moisture (say from swimming or washing your hands with your ring on) it can change the look of the sapphire stone.

All you championship ring buyers and collectors can relax, it is a very rare occurrence. I had only seen this issue with the 1986 Mets World Series rings until now. Sadly, most of the original Mets championship rings made in 1986 show this defect.

I had not seen this problem with any other manufacture or on any other Balfour ring of any other year, until now.

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Yogi Berra Museum to Receive Donated Replicas of Stolen Championship Rings and Awards

October 28, 2014


The Yogi Berra Museum at Montclair State University will be getting “exact replicas” of the stolen items that were taken from the museum earlier this month.

Yogi Berra World Series Rings


In a blog that was posted on the museum’s website, its Board of Trustees said the exact replicas were being donated by Major League Baseball, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, the New York Yankees and Mets.

MLB and the two teams “are also donating several new items to our existing collection, ensuring that the Museum will be an even better place for fans to visit in honor of Yogi’s legacy,” according to a message from chairman of the board Mark Markowitz.

“Our heartfelt thanks go out to Commissioner Selig and Major League Baseball, the Yankees and the Mets for their generosity, as well as to all of the fans and friends of the Museum for their concern and support during this difficult time,” the trustees wrote on their blog.

Markowitz said the donated items will include exact replicas of all 27 New York Yankees World Series rings; the three MVP plaques won by Berra; rings from the 1974 and 1982 All-Star Games; the 1969 Mets World Series ring and the Mets 1973 National League Championship ring.

“It’s been an extremely unfortunate situation and it was great to see everybody pulling together,” Markowitz said.

Montclair State police previously reported that the items taken during the Oct. 8th, 2014 robbery included multiple World Series rings and two MVP plaques.

The museum, which opened 16 years ago, highlights many items from the Hall of Fame catcher’s career and his personal life, as well as priceless baseball memorabilia. While Berra spent most of his career with the Yankees, he also won championships with and managed the Mets.

Essex County Sheriff, Armando Fontoura said there’s a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the museum break-in. The reward started at $5,000, but was increased through the support of anonymous donors.

As a side note, Berra has been awarded more championship world series ring than anyone else in baseball history.

Besides the 10 World Series rings won as a player with the Yankees, he won 4 American League championship rings (awarded when an American league team loses in the World Series) and 7 more rings after retiring as a player.

Here’s a breakdown of those 7 championship World Series Rings: As a coach and manager, he won 3 World Series champion rings with the Yankees and Mets and 4 League Championship rings. That brings him to 21 championship rings.

Wait, there’s more! As a Yankee legend and part of the Yankee family, he probably received 5 winning rings and possibly 2 American League rings from the Yankees since 1996. If he did receive these rings, that would bring his championship ring total to 28!


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