It’s only May but World Series rings seem to be in the news. An ’05 White Sox ring hits eBay while the former New York mayor is still taking heat over his Yankees World Series rings.
The 2005 Chicago White Sox World Series ring given to the club’s former minor league catching instructor Tommy Thompson is for sale on eBay. The ring was launched this week with a current bid of over $2500.
The auction is being listed by a jewelry wholesaler in New York state who says it comes with an original appraisal done more than a year ago that placed a value of $7,950.
The 14K yellow gold ring includes 95 diamonds. Thompson’s name and the Sox season record of 99-63 adorn one side while “World Champions 2005” and playoff record of 11-1 are engraved on the other side.
Meanwhile, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani says the Village Voice story about his four Yankees rings is “a joke”. Giuliani got a sweet deal on the rings, paying less than $15,000 for four of them. The true value is likely over $100,000. Giuliani told reporters that he shouldn’t have to pay what a collector might, which the Voice called “a nice way of saying he was entitled to a breathtaking discount.”
At issue is whether he violated laws by obtaining the rings and not paying for them while he was in office.