The 1949 World Series ring presented to Hall of Famer Johnny Mize after the New York Yankees’ victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers sold for $74,750 in the 13th Annual Louisville Slugger sale conducted by Hunt Auctions Saturday.
The 10K gold ring features “New York Yankees World Champions’ lettering on the top, encircling a central inset diamond of approx. 1/4 carat weight. The ring came with a letter of provenance from Mize’s family.
The annual auction took place inside the bat making company’s popular museum following a three-day preview and appraisal fair.
Not surprisingly, vintage bats also drew the attention of the crowd of bidders inside the facility with a 1950s Ted Williams pro model bat given by the Red Sox slugger to a friend decades ago selling for $69,000 and a 1928-31 era Babe Ruth Hanna bat selling for $40,250.
Prices include a 15% buyer’s premium.
Orlando Cepeda’s 1967 National League MVP award, won during the season in which he led the St. Louis Cardinals to the World Series title, sold for $54,625. That season, Cepeda hit .325, recorded 21 game-winning hits and led the league with 111 RBIs.
Another highlights from the auction included a 1971 Billy Williams Cubs road jersey and a 1973 A’s World Series trophy, each of which sold for $18,400.