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    With notarized letter of provenance from Figueroa

    1977 New York Yankees World Series Championship Ring Presented to Pitcher Ed Figueroa. When Figueroa was dealt to the Bronx along with Mickey Rivers in a blockbuster December 1975 trade sending All-Star outfielder Bobby Bonds to California, the once-mighty Yankees were already parched by the longest World Championship drought since Babe Ruth helped claim the franchise's first in 1923. Hopes had been high for the new member of the Bombers' starting rotation, but nobody had expected Figueroa to outpitch both Catfish Hunter and Dock Ellis, or to finish in the top five for the American League's Cy Young. The Yanks would fall to the Big Red Machine in the 1976 World Series, but it was clear that all the pieces were in place to reclaim the sport's supremacy for its ancestral Big Apple home.

    That dream was realized in 1977, one of the most storied editions in the history of the Fall Classic, best remembered for Reggie Jackson's three-home run performance in the clinching Game Six. Although Figueroa didn't take the mound in the Series, his regular season efforts had been essential in holding off the Orioles and Red Sox, each finishing two and a half games behind the Yankees' record of 100-62. Reggie Jackson surely earned the adulation he was due for his Mr. October heroics, but he may have never had the chance without this man.

    So Yankee historians will understand just how special this particular relic is, the World Championship ring issued to Figueroa to celebrate the team's return to the professional throne. A logo "NY" is set into a blue stone on the ring face, studded in genuine diamonds and surrounded by raised text reporting, "Yankees World Champions." Left shank features a World Series trophy in miniature with "1977, Pride, Tradition" text. Right shank: "Figueroa, Yankees 21st World Championship." Interior band is stamped "Balfour 14K" and measures to a size ten and a half (10.5). Total weight is thirty grams (30 g.). Proud wear is evident, but the ring presents beautifully, as our catalog imagery should convey. Notarized letter of provenance from Ed Figueroa.

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    February, 2017
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