Say what you will about how they earned it, but some good will come from the Houston Astros’ 2017 World Series title.
The consignor of the first Astros World Series ring to hit the auction block is turning over his net proceeds to help COVID-19 related causes.
Goldin Auctions has the ring in its Spring Auction. It was originally presented to scout David Brito, whose name is engraved on the inside but he later sold it according to documents that are included with the ring and its original presentation box.
The current owner who consigned it to the auction has pledged to donate 100% of his net proceeds and Goldin Auctions will donate 100% of the buyers’ premium to the CAMCare Foundation at New Jersey’s Cooper Hospital and PPE at CAMCare health centers. It’s one of three charities benefitting from some of the proceeds in the 1,800 lot auction.
The Astros’ championship has been under scrutiny because of the club’s involvement in an elaborate sign stealing scheme and the auction for the ring generated some national headlines when it went live.
“When we saw how much attention this ring was receiving and its potential, we saw a great opportunity to help more healthcare workers on the front lines battling the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “We want to thank our consigner for agreeing to support this initiative.”
In all, the Astros handed out 1,332 2017 World Series rings to players, coaches, and clubhouse staff in a ceremony that took place in April of 2018.
Auction bidding continues through May 16.