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    2004 Boston Red Sox World Championship Ring Presented to Longtime Fenway Groundskeeper Al Forester.

    UPDATE: Please note that this ring has undergone minor restoration to reduce signs of wear.

    It's hard to believe it's been fifteen years since the the Curse of the Bambino was exorcised, the BoSox rising from the dead with an unprecedented recovery from a three to nothing ALCS deficit to the hated Yankees, followed by a four-game sweep of the National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals. And even though the Sox planted another flag at the top of Major League Mountain just three years later, and another in 2013, the 2004 World Championship will reign forever as the most emotional in franchise history.

    So, in the same way that the 1919 World Series is printed in the boldest of fonts in the record books (though for decidedly different reasons), one can rest assured that they'll still be talking about 2004 long after the last witness is gone. One need only consider the market trajectory of Black Sox material to anticipate how this gorgeous symbol of New England's most glorious October might perform through the passing of decades.

    This example was presented to Al Forester, a Fenway groundskeeper since 1957 and the man who piloted the golf cart containing his old friend Ted Williams during that unforgettable ovation at the 1999 All-Star Game. "The World Series rings he received in 2004 and 2007 were Al's pride and joy," Forester's daughter Lisa, told journalists after her father's passing in 2014, "but he said that being Ted's eyes at the All-Star Game, telling him whose hand he was shaking, was the shining moment of his years with the Red Sox." In fact, the pair was so close that Williams often used the pseudonym "Al Forester" when registering at hotels to protect his privacy.

    We stress that Forester's ring is the top-of-the-line model, identical in every regard to those earned on the field by Manny, Pedro, Big Papi and the boys. It's a stunner too--after nearly nine decades of waiting, it's little surprise that management spared no expense, crafting a ring simply swimming in diamonds and rubies, and crafted from eighteen karat white gold. The team's ruby-red logo "B" rests in a diamond-studded baseball diamond on the face, ringed with still more diamonds and the those long-prayed-for words, "World Champions." Left shank provides an enameled "sox" logo and the text "Greatest Comeback in History 2004, 8 Straight." Right shank is engraved with the recipient's surname, joined by an image of Fenway Park, the World Series trophy, and the words "4-0 Sweep."

    Interior of band is stamped "86 Years, 10-27-04, Josten's 18K ." Measures to a size eleven (11). Total ring weight approximately seventy-six grams (76 g.). Ring is in Mint condition, housed in Jostens cherry wood and glass hinged display box.

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