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Is Babe Ruth’s 1927 Yankees World Series Ring the Most Valuable Championship Ring Ever?

March 19, 2015

The 1927 Yankees team is considered the best baseball team ever, going an amazing 110-44. A photo of a ’27 ring belonging to player Joe Dugan, is shown below:

1927 New York Yankees Ring

The 1927 Yankee World Series ring is the first championship ring awarded to Yankee players. The last championship they won before 1927, culminated in the presentation of solid gold pocket watches (1923).

Industry experts believe if Ruth’s 1927 ring came up to auction it would sell for over $500,000.

I believe it would go for a lot more money than that, as Julius Ervings’s 1974 ABA championship ring sold at auction for $460,741 in 2011.   An honestly, which championship ring would you rather own?

Here’s some more prices realized and information about Ruth’s 1927 ring and those belonging to his teammates:

According to my records, Joe Dugan’s ’27 World Series ring (in amazing condition and shown above) sold in a Leland’s auction in 2002 for $11,205.12.

You can see by the prices below that the market for sports memorabilia and championship rings really started to heat up in the years that followed.

A club house manager’s non player ring, but the same as the players received, sold in a Leland’s auction in 2005 for $21,326.

Miller Huggins’ 1927 championship ring was sold in a Mastro auction for $204,000 in 2007.

Earle Combs ring was sold by Heritage in 2014 for $155,350.   Like the World Series ring shown above, it was in great condition too.

Benny Bengough’s 1927 championship ring, in poor-to-fair condition, was sold in a 2015 auction by Heritage for $38,240.   A couple of people in the hobby who know about championship rings thought the ring sold very low.

Here’s where details get a little foggy…

In researching Yankee rings, I learned that in 1999, Sotheby’s sold what was believed to be   Lou Gehrig’s 1927 ring for $96,000. The World Series ring originated from the famous collection of Barry Halper.

Combining Barry Halper and the words “believed to be….” are not what some collectors want to hear, so I am not sure if the ring was authentic and original.

Barry Halper reportedly owed Ruth’s 1927 ring. That ring is now owned by Charlie Sheen. I have seen pictures of Sheen wearing the 1927 ring and the condition of the ring looks to be excellent and in unworn condition. An 88 year old ring should not be in unworn condition so it makes we wonder if that’s Babe Ruth’s original World Series ring.

The website, Deadspin   also raised questions about the origins of that ring. Babe Ruth’s granddaughter, Linda Ruth Tosetti, also questioned the ring’s authenticity and whether it was stolen from her family decades ago. (I’m not sure how she can question the authenticity of the ring if she also feels it’s a ring stolen from her family).

A book written by her mother, Dorothy Ruth Pirone, also claimed that Ruth’s World Series rings had mysteriously disappeared at some point after his passing in 1948. Adding to the confusion, were statements made by deceased collecting legend Barry Halper in 1990 that he had purchased Ruth’s 1927 ring directly from Dorothy Ruth Pirone. Pirone’s daughter, Linda, claims that Halper’s story was a “huge lie.”

Please remember I buy World Series rings. If you wish to sell a World Series ring or sell a championship ring, please let me know.

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The World of Vintage Yankee Championship Rings

March 16, 2015

The Yankees won 20 World Series Rings from 1923 – 1962, and lost an additional 9 World Series between the years 1921 through 1964. That means there are plenty of winning and losing vintage Yankee rings to collect.

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Yankee World Series Rings

The Yankees didn’t receive an American League championship rings (awarded when a team loses the World Series) until 1942, and there was one World Series (1923) where they were awarded a solid gold pocket watch, not a championship ring.

With the 1927 ring I just acquired from Heritage Auctions, I have assembled nine authentic vintage Yankee championship rings (shown above).

Shown above (starting with the bottom row and left to right) are World Series winning rings: 1927, 1938, 1939, 1949, 1952, 1953 (the “5″). Above those rings are the 1957 AL Championship ring, 1958 World Series winning ring, and the 1964 AL championship ring.

The American League championship rings are easy to distinguish – they have the top-hat designs.

The earlier rings were made by Dieges & Clust and then Balfour took over and made the rest.

I am slowly building my vintage Yankee collection. I reject many possible rings to acquire due to the fact that some rings are out-right fakes. Also, many of the old-time player rings were remade decades later for players who lost original rings. Those player remade versions contain some not-so-subtle differences from the originals.

About a decade ago, Whitey Ford sold many of his rings at auction and many of them were remade and had differences from the originals. These are the rings I avoid.

As far as fakes go, you can thank Irv Lerner for many of the bogus Yankee World Series rings in the market place. Vintage Yankee rings are easy to “fake and make” as these championship rings are relatively simple designs that did not change much over the years. Please search the search-box on the right for additional information about Irv and his fake rings.

I buy championship rings, so if you want to sell your championship ring, please get in touch with me.

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Lou Gehrig’s World Series Rings

March 11, 2015

Pictured below are authentic 1927 and 1938 Yankee Player World Series rings. Although not Gehrig’s actual rings, they offer a glimpse of what his rings looked like.

New York Yankee World Series 1927 Rings

The significance of the World Series rings above is that they are the first and last World Series rings Gehrig won as a player.

Lou Gehrig had an amazing Hall of Fame career – a lifetime .340 batting average, two time AL MVP titles, a Triple Crown in 1934, a three time AL home run champion, and the first Yankee player to have his number retired.

We just don’t know how many World Series rings he was awarded. According to Wikipedia (yea, I know, it’s Wikipedia), he was a 6-time World Series Champion (1927, 1928, 1932, and 1936-1938) but his last major league game was in April of 1939.

It became apparent to Gehrig in April of 1939 that he could no longer play at the level that he was accustomed to, so he retired. The Yankees went on to win the World Series again in 1939 for their fourth consecutive championship. Did they award a World Series ring to Gehrig? If they did, it would have been his seventh World Series Ring.

When the Yankees honored him on July 4th at Yankee Stadium, they officially labeled it as “Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day”. The Yankees surprised him with a magnificent and beautiful, one of a kind trophy made by Dieges & Clust. Dieges & Clust manufactured the early Yankee championship rings, the Heisman Trophy, the Major-League baseball MVP and Cy Young awards.

The trophy made by Dieges & Clust for Gehrig was expensive; we know this thanks to Rob Lifson and his recent auction of the old Dieges & Clust archive records.

In all likelihood, the Yankees probably awarded Gehrig a team 1939 World Series ring that season, but I’m not 100% positive.

It’s a mystery what happened to Gehrig’s World Series rings. Barry Halper claimed to have once owned both Gehrig’s, and Ruth’s 1927 World Series rings. Charlie Sheen was photographed wearing Ruth’s rings a few years back, however no one is sure it’s an original or authentic ring.

Getting back to Lou Gehrig, I don’t believe a Gehrig World Series ring has ever been put in an auction or offered for sale.

I buy World Series rings. If you want to sell your World Series ring, please let me know.

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Boy Was I Wrong About the 2009 Yankees World Series Ring

February 22, 2015

While thrilled the Yankees won the 2009 World Series, as an obsessed championship ring collector, I worried, how was I going to acquire a 2009 ring?

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Picture of 2009 Yankees World Series Ring

You’d never know I was a Yankee fan, or a baseball fan, or a hockey fan, judging by all the blogs I write about football championship rings.

Yes, I am a Yankee fan, and in fact, I collect World Series Rings too, specifically, ones from New York Baseball. That would include World Series rings and American and National league championship rings from the Yankees, Mets, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants baseball teams.

When the Yankees ended their 9 year doubt, and won the 2009 World Series, as a championship ring collector I was very worried. Back in 2000, the last time the Yankees awarded World Series rings, George Steinbrenner was very angry that employees put their championship rings up for sale. As a result he scaled back tremendously on who was given a World Series ring.

The 2000 Yankee World Series rings are very rare. They were only given to players, coaches, a few scouts and a few high level executives. If you research what a 2000 Yankee World Series ring sells for versus a 1996 or 1998 version you will see a huge difference in price.

Luckily I was wrong – The Steinbrenner family (specifically George’s two sons and daughter) were more hands on running the organization and deiced to give the same ring to many employees. In fact, since the player’s rings did not contain their jersey number, the rings are 100% identical to the rings that employees received. That means that each ring contains the same amount of real diamonds, the same engravings, and the same size and weight. The only difference is the players received a special wood and glass presentation box.

I have researched the 30 or so 2009 World Series rings that have hit the market place. They were from sales executives, scouts, front office people, security staff and ball park operations personnel. Executives of the minor league teams and various levels of people within the organization were awarded these rings. Players were also given the option to buy additional rings to give to family and friends.

Want a 2009 Yankee world series ring? It seems there is always one for sale or coming up in auction.

Please remember I buy championship rings. If you would like to sell your championship ring, please let me know.

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More Fake Yankee Championship Rings Show Up at Auction

February 11, 2015

I was alerted to the two fake Yankee rings currently in the Legendary Auction by someone on the championship ring forum.

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fake Yankee World Series rings

The two World series rings are obvious fakes. The easiest way to tell is to look at the stars in the lower part of the top-hat on both sets of rings. The real rings show the stars in detail, while one fake ring’s stars is terrible quality and the other fake ring has no stars.

When I emailed Legendary about this matter, and included the above two pictures, plus pictures of bad engraving examples that match their rings, I received an email from Doug Allen:

“Hey Michael,

I discussed these rings with the consignor. He has documentation that the 58 was purchased from a Balfour sales rep in May of 1995 and the 1964 was purchased from a sales rep in Sept of 1997. This was added to the site.



Doug Allen, President & CEO”

Auction houses take in consignments and sometimes a fake item will be consigned. Most auction houses, when provided with evidence that an item is no good will do the right thing and take the bad items out of the auction.

In this case, Doug had decided to leave the items in the auction. For those of you not familiar with Doug Allen, and his former associate, Bill Mastro, I suggest you google their names. According to the New York Daily News – Allen has pleaded guilty for his role on sports memorabilia fraud. A grand jury indicted him on 14 counts of fraud in July 2012 and he is facing 12 years of prison time.

Just because the consigner says it was purchased from a Balfour sales rep does not make these rings real.

I have contacted an executive from Balfour who will be looking into this matter, and furthermore, Dennis, a member of has provided me with contact information for the Northern Illinois DA’s office. I will be reaching out to the DA too.

I will let the readers know how this story unfolds.

Please remember, I buy real World Series Rings, and buy championship rings. If you are looking to sell your championship ring, please let me know.

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