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Whitey Ford World Series Ring on eBay Not Authentic

November 30, 2014


A Yankee 1978 World Series Ring with “Whitey Ford” engraved inside the ring is being offered on eBay for $17,999. Here’s what you should know about it:


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Whitey Ford 1978 Yankee World Series Ring

Pictured above: The top photos is the bogus Whitey Ford ring on ebay, below is an authentic 1978 Yankees World Series ring.

Don’t buy this championship ring – it’s not an authentic 1978 Yankee World Series ring.

In fact, if you are ever offered a Whitey Ford championship ring, or a Cliff Johnson World Series ring be very careful.

Both of these former Yankee players are notorious for selling their rings over and over again and many of their rings were remade and not by Balfour. Balfour has been making authentic Yankee world series rings since the early 1950s.

Here’s why the Whitey Ford World Series ring shown above is not authentic:

The top of the ring is very different from the authentic championship ring shown directly below it. Notice the small diamonds going around the authentic ring are spaced further apart in the real ring. This is how the 1978 World Series ring was designed. Further, the square piece designed to house the diamond is completely wrong and the diamond in the Ford world series ring is much smaller than the diamond that is supposed to be found on the ring.

The side of the world series rings look identical and I can not spot any huge differences, but perhaps the Yankees “freeze” for “facade” looks cleaner on the authentic ring on the bottom (especially near the top).

The engraving inside the ring is another major clue that the eBay Yankee World Series ring is not authentic. Although the authentic World Series ring pictured below has “Greatest come back in history” engraved in it and it looks amateurish, that is how every authentic Yankee ring was engraved – the exact same style and font. If you think I am wrong, research all the 1978 Yankee rings that have sold at major auction houses and you will see they all look this way.

Besides the Whitey Ford ring having the wrong engraving style on that phrase, the “LGB 14K” engraving looks completely wrong and the name “Whitey Ford” looks like it was engraved at a later time since it is a different style, different depth, and is on a different angle than the rest of the engraving.

If you buy this World Series ring you will someday be sorry, so my recommendation is to stay away.

Please note, I buy World Series rings and Super Bowl rings and other championship rings. If you are looking to sell any championship rings please contact me.


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Rare Yankees 1953 Championship Ring Surfaces

October 30, 2014


With almost no information available on vintage Yankee championship rings, some facts were discovered this week.


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**1953 Yankees World Series Ring**


The Yankee 1953 World Series Ring is a very special ring. Made by Balfour, this ring temporarily broke a long running tradition of Yankee World Series rings: Yankee championship rings changed very little since the team won in 1932.

Yankee World Series rings did change slightly in 1949 when they settled into the same exact top, year after year and remained unchanged until 1977. The one different ring during that long time period was the 1953 championship ring – their fifth consecutive World Series championship.

The 1953 Yankees World Series ring, to celebrate their amazing 5th consecutive championship, was a temporary departure from their standard World championship ring. As you can see from the photo above, the ring contained a numeric “five” to symbolize their 5th championship in a row. The diamond can be seen on the lower portion of the “5″.

There was speculation by championship ring collectors that only players who were there for all five championships received a ring with the “5″ on top, the rest received the standard World Series Ring. Well, this ring proves that must have been speculation and not correct. The player who was awarded this ring, was not there for all 5 championships, yet received the same ring as those that were there.

When the pictures arrived by email I was stunned. Although a select few 1953 original and authentic rings have hit the collector’s market, I have never seen the original presentation box that was given out with the ring.

Unlike today’s massive glass-enclosed championship ring presentation boxes, this box was made of leather and most were discarded over the last 60 years.


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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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Topps Blows a Chance to Show Collectors a Real World Series Ring

October 24, 2014


The Topps 2014 Whitey Ford card should have a real championship ring pictured on it, such as the one shown on the right.

New York Yankees World Series Ring


What the heck was Topps thinking? Was the graphic designer being lazy? I have never seen a championship ring like the one shown in the Topps gold gems  autographed card shown above. In fact, I don’t think that’s a real ring at all!

It would have taken the graphic designer of this card only a few moments to find a real ring championship ring image on the internet. The card would have looked so much nicer with a real World Series ring.

While we are on the subject of New York Yankees World Series rings, all of the rings from the mid 1940′s through today were made by Balfour. A few of the early ones were made by Dieges & Clust.

Unlike today, the Yankees rings of the 1940s – 1960s changed very little. There was the format shown on the championship ring on the top right photo, when they won the World Series, and another version championship ring when they lost the World Series. The losing version, known as the American League Championship ring, showed their top-hat and baseball logo and contained three very small diamonds.

The one time the championship ring was changed during this time period was in 1953 when the team won their Fifth World Series Championship in a row. The Yankees 1953 World Series ring is highly rare and collectible. Winning five World Series has never been repeated by any team since. That World Series ring had a “5″ on top with a diamond inside the lower portion of the “5″.

Once the Yankee started winning more championship rings in the 1970s, each year’s ring was changed. However, the 1976 and 1981 American League championship rings are identical, except for the engraved year.


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Special and Rare Championship Ring and Trophy Photo Coming to Auction

October 16, 2014


This rare photograph was recently unearthed and shows the amazing and beautiful items that were made by a company long gone.

Dieges and Clust championship rings and trophies


Dieges and Clust was a championship ring and awards company that designed and manufactured some of the finest items ever seen in the sports recognition field.

This extremely rare promotional photograph is being auctioned by Robert Edward Auctions on Saturday evening. The auction also contains a treasure trove of other items from the Dieges & Clust company archives, including the actual order forms for Brooklyn Dodger world series rings, other paperwork, and many promotional items.

Dieges & Clust made world series rings and press pins for the New York Yankees, The Brooklyn Dodgers, the New York Football Giants and many other teams too. They also made the Major League Baseball MVP trophies (as can been seen in the photo above), and numerous other awards, plaques and trophies.

They made a special Lou Gehrig award that was ordered by the New York Yankees and presented to him on his famous Lou Gehrig day at Yankee stadium.

Dieges & Clust cast the Heisman Trophy and produced the trophy from 1935 to 1979.

They also designed and manufactured the magnificent and highly sought-after large Spalding Trophies from the 1920s and 1930s.

Dieges & Clust was sold to Herff Jones in 1980. Herff Jones continues to make championship rings to this day.

In my humble opinion, their championship rings were the finest made, much nicer than Balfour or Jostens championship rings.


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