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1923 New York Yankees World Championship Pocket Watch--The First Yankees Championship Award!...

2012 October 25 - 27 Vintage Sports Collectibles Signature Auction- Dallas #7065

 
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Auction Ended On: Oct 26, 2012
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Location: Heritage Auctions
3500 Maple Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219

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1923 New York Yankees World Championship Pocket Watch--The First Yankees Championship Award! Hold onto your Yankee top hats, as this is one of the most exciting artifacts to surface in recent memory from the twenty-seven World Championship seasons in Bronx history. The pocket watch offered here represents the spoils of war from the very first World Series victory, presented to top scout Bob Connery, who helped bring Lou Gehrig into the pinstriped fold and signed such Bronx luminaries as Tony Lazzeri, Lefty Gomez and Earle Combs.

It must be stressed that the Championship ring is a later phenomenon, and that this pocket watch is the 1923 equivalent. And it's a gorgeous piece of art at that, a fourteen-karat gold octagonal open-face beauty by Gruen-Verithen. The case's verso is masterfully engraved with a miniature scene of a pitcher, hitter and catcher, and a ball in flight in their midst. Framing the scene are the historic words, "Yankees, World's Champions 1923." The case snaps open to find further engraving inside, which reads, "Presented by Yankees Baseball Club to R.J. Connery."

Condition is wonderful, effectively unchanged since the House that Ruth Built was christened with the franchise's first taste of Fall Classic glory. The watch still functions perfectly, patiently ticking off the hours until World Championship number twenty-eight some time in the near future.

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