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1975 Cincinnati Reds World Championship Ring. ...

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

 
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Auction Ended On: Oct 26, 2012
Item Activity: 5 Internet/mail/phone bidders
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Location: Heritage Auctions
3500 Maple Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219

Description:
1975 Cincinnati Reds World Championship Ring. The Big Red Machine. It was a nickname coined by The Cincinnati Enquirer sportswriter Bob Hertzel on July 4, 1969, a century after the city gave birth to professional baseball. The term still strikes fear into the hearts of National Leaguers to this day, reminiscent of an age of dominance when legends like Rose, Bench, Perez, Foster, Morgan, Griffey, Geronimo and Concepcion claimed four pennants and two World Championships over a seven-season span.

Despite the abundance of Championship glory showered upon the 1970's Reds, World Series rings from the period rarely reach the public auction block. One successful (and savvy) bidder will see his luck changed by this auction, as we present a genuine 1975 Championship ring once owned by Eddie Gilliland, the first president of the Florida State League and later an assistant to Dick Wagner, a leading architect of this storied Reds dynasty.

A single half carat brilliant cut diamond is set within a red stone on the presented ring's face, encircled by text reading "1975 World Champions Cincinnati Reds." The left shank provides the original owner's surname, a team logo "C," and an image of Riverfront Stadium in miniature holding the text "The Big Red Machine." A miniature World Series trophy adorns the right shank with the text "Reds 4, Red Sox 3," recalling that historic Fall Classic best recalled today for Carlton Fisk's dramatic (and ultimately futile) Game Six walk-off blast.

The ring is crafted by Balfour out of fourteen karat gold, weighing 32.6 grams. "LGB" is stamped at interior of band, which measures to a 9.5 ring size.

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