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1969 New York Mets World Championship Ring Owned by Son of Don Clendenon....

2012 August 2 Vintage Sports Collectibles Platinum Night Signature Auction- Baltimore #7057

 
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Auction Ended On: Aug 2, 2012
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Location: B & O Warehouse, 6th Floor
Camden Yard Banquet Room
333 West Camden Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

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Fantastic memento from family of World Series MVP!
1969 New York Mets World Championship Ring Owned by Son of Don Clendenon. Just seven years after debuting with a historically awful 40-120 season in 1962, the New York Mets were Champions of the baseball world, capping an Amazin' season with a four games to one elimination of the highly-favored Baltimore Orioles. Though the team is today best remembered for its two Hall of Fame pitchers in Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan, it was mid-season pick-up Donn Clendenon who would shine the brightest that October, batting .357 with three home runs (still a record for a five-game World Series) and four RBI's earning him the honor of the Series MVP.

Here we find a precise duplicate of the ring awarded to Clendenon in 1969, though we're confident this example was manufactured from the original mold a decade or more later. The sharp detail ensures this is no mere "replica," and it was not uncommon for Big Leaguers to have duplicates made years later when losing their originals, or to give to family. "New York Mets World Champions 1969" stands in raised lettering at the perimeter of a blue central stone on the face, which holds an inset real diamond weighing .65 carats. Left shank features a Mets team logo and an engraved identification: "22 Donn Clendenon MVP." Right shank is dominated by an image of Shea Stadium in miniature with text announcing the trail of their success: "Eastern Division, National League, World Series," and the words "Mets vs. Orioles."

The interior band is stamped "10K" and engraved with the name "Val E. Clendenon." Donn's son would have been just a boy in 1969, certainly not ready to wear a size twelve ring such as this, cementing our suspicions that this is a modern restrike. It's a beauty though, and physically identical to his father's original that realized close to $36,000 in an auction five years ago. For the devoted Mets fan, a finger could be provided no finer adornment. NRMT-MT condition.




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