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    Historic relic commemorates a Hall of Fame legend and one of the sport's greatest dynasties

    1984-85 San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XIX Championship Ring Presented to Fred Dean. "He's the best pass rusher I've ever seen," explained 49ers defensive line coach Bill McPherson. "He's like a thoroughbred who races only on Sunday. When things are right, he's awesome. You just put him in there and watch him do his stuff." Dean's career began seven years before the sack became an official NFL statistic, but all accounts put his career tally near one hundred, an elite level that paved his path to a 2008 Pro Football Hall of Fame induction.

    Dean was twice able to wrap his quarterback-crushing arms around the Lombardi Trophy during his eleven years in the league, the second time coming at Stanford (CA) Stadium on January 20, 1985 in the nineteenth edition of the sport's greatest game. Ronald Reagan was inaugurated for the second time this date, and flipped the opening coin by satellite from the White House. This particular contest remains one of the most famous in Super Bowl history as the sole meeting in combat of legendary quarterbacks Joe Montana and Dan Marino, each of whom passed for over 300 yards, a first for the Big Game. The 49ers victory would prove to be the second of four claimed by the team during the decade.

    Few relics from that contest carry as much collecting appeal as the presented ring, issued to the All-Pro defensive end for his contributions to the glorious cause. Genuine diamonds (approximately 1.8 carats) flood the ring face, creating two figural Lombardi Trophies to mark the second trip to the mountain top. Raised text at perimeter reads, "San Francisco Forty Niners World Champions." Left shank features a figural helmet framed by text reporting, "Dean, 1984, 18-1." Left shank lists the two Super Bowl victories with an image of the Golden Gate Bridge and a final score tally. Interior band is stamped "10K Jostens." Total weight is forty-six grams (46 g.).

    The ring found its way to a San Diego pawn shop after Dean's wife claimed it in a divorce, and was subsequently resized from fourteen (14) to eleven and a quarter (11.25) by its new owner, whose letter of provenance is included. The ring remains housed in its original hinged wooden display case which once again attributes the prize to the Hall of Fame sack master. Short of some wear to the interior lining of the box where the ring face made contact, all components of the lot present as NRMT or better.

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