Heritage Auctions would like to take this opportunity to let potential consignors know that there are only a couple weeks (consignment deadline December 31) to go before the consignment deadline hits for our highly anticipated February 2014 Platinum Night Auction. Once again, the live event will take place at New York City’s Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion on the Upper East side, as well as simultaneously on Heritage Live! at HA.com/Sports, and it will feature approximately 150 lots consisting some of the most significant sports collectibles in the hobby.
1922 Casey Stengel World Series Ring To Be Offered At February Platinum Night Event
The New York Giants and New York Yankees would square off in three consecutive Fall Classic battles in the early 1920’s, but the 1922 edition was the last to be waged entirely in the shadow of Coogan’s Bluff, where the two franchises shared an uneasy landlord/tenant relationship for the decade between the Yanks’ abandonment of Hilltop Park and the ribbon-cutting of Yankee Stadium. The 1922 season marked a return to the best-of-seven format, though the victorious Giants required five games for its sweep of Babe Ruth’s American League Champs due to a deadlocked Game Two called on account of darkness, most likely a cynical ploy to fatten Polo Grounds gate receipts.
Though Casey Stengel earned Hall of Fame immortality primarily for his enormous World Series success as skipper of the Yankees, he was a thirty-one year old center fielder for the enemy camp when he participated in the final Giants World Championship before Willie Mays brought joy back to upper Manhattan in 1954. The previous season, he and his teammates received an attractive pendant, an example of which you can find in our Permanent Auction Archives as lot 82077 of the November 2013 Signature Auction. All earlier Major League Championship awards had likewise been pendants, pins or pocket watch fobs, supplying still greater significance to this offering as the first ever World Championship ring, the birth of a trend that survives to present day. To be offered in our February 2014 Platinum Night Auction, we are proud to present this amazing artifact, suitably billed as the “first ever World Series Ring,” as well as additional championship jewelry from all major sports.