Baseball great Yogi Berra was on hand when the Yankees passed out their 2009 World Series rings. Berra, who is always great for a quote, said “they’re so much bigger now… they’re like weapons.” It seems New York baseball fans who covet a sentimental piece of the past sports eras also typically lean toward that type of memorabilia you can wear on your finger. While it’s true Yankees World Series rings aren’t the only signature item from past championships, fans gravitate toward them because of the uniqueness and feel-even if they are actually so heavy they are like weapons.
Yankees fans have had many reasons in the past several decades to celebrate–27 reasons to be specific dating back to the 1920s. So it’s not much of a surprise that those same fans will want to cherish those individual World Series titles with similar top notch jewelry. These days investors and fans alike can find authentic championship rings or replicas on auction sites like eBay. What are the differences between the two choices?
The actual Yankees World Series rings will obviously cost the purchaser much more than a replica championship ring. They do come on the market from time to time, selling for $15,000 and up, depending on whether it was given to a player or front office worker and which specific year it represents.
The good news for those who choose Yankees World Series replica rings is that they’re made to look so much like the real thing in many cases that the casual observer wouldn’t even be able to spot the difference. If you consider the heavy price for a real ring, the replicas certainly offer a different approach for serious collectors and fans wanting to add to their individual collection.
Typically replica rings can be found on eBay for anywhere from $200-$500. The cost usually is representative of the material used to make the ring. Many of these replica items are made with Cubic Zirconia. Often the weight of the ring is similar in nature to the actual rings but sometimes they are much lighter and hollow on the inside.
What is the right Yankees World Series ring for your collection? It probably just depends on how much you can afford and what you can live with. If you are in the market for such an item there are plenty of choices. There are usually World Series rings for every championship available to some degree for varied prices on eBay. Many times the seller will offer a trio or set of rings that often cuts the individual price of the rings. Some replicas will hover in the $1,000 to $2,000 range because of their individual makeup. Sometimes the seller will even offer the option of having your ring personalized once you purchase it via the eBay listing.
Sometimes there is even a different alternative that sits in the middle of the real and replica rings. A Balfour salesman’s sample ring from 1996 is listed for a little over $5,000 on eBay. Salesman’s sample rings are those that are presented to franchise decision makers by the ring company as they prepare for final approval when making the real thing.
The bottom line is fans have many options when trying to find the perfect Yankees World Series ring to add to the collection and that buying one isn’t as hard as you might think. Check out some of the rings available right now on eBay via the links below.