The Phillies are the longest running franchise in all of professional sports that have had the same name since inception (since 1883). Although they are the oldest team, they have had a long history of troubled success. Phillies World Series rings begin with 1980 and they won their second in 2008.
The 1980 Phillies were led by 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt who recorded 48 home runs and 121 RBI’s. They had a 91-71 record and ended up playing the Kansas City Royals in the World Series that year. In Game 6 of the series, Phillies pitcher Tug McGraw set a World Series record by striking out 12, ushering in Philadelphia’s first World Championship.
Although Philadelphia spent a large portion of their storied past at the bottom of the standings, the Phillies as of late have been miraculous to say the least. Starting in 2007, the Phillies took over as the dominant team in the National League East (previously, the 13 consecutive division champion Braves) winning the last five division titles, including 2 NL pennants and one World Series win.
In 2008, the Phillies won the division with a record of 92-70 as well as the NL pennant. The 2008 World Series featured the Phillies squaring off with the Tampa Bay Rays. Philadelphia would eventually overcome the Rays in 5 games to earn their second Phillies championship ring.
Although most 1980 rings are hard to come by, one recently sold on eBay for $4,500. Of course that ring was authentic consisting of 10k yellow gold by Balfour weighing 32 grams. Replica Phils title rings are much easier to locate.
There were several replica rings for the 2008 series. They have been selling recently for up to $300 and there have been many sold through eBay. Some are made with a jewelers preferred brass alloy and come with Cubic Zirconium stones that were hand inlaid with prongs and bezels. All in all, Phillies World Series rings have been a consistent seller You can see what’s available on eBay by clicking here.