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1972 Oakland A's World Champions Front Office Ring - Jim Piersall

Lot Number 269

Quantity: Bid Starts: 07/27/2015 12:00:00 
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Put Jimmy Piersall and Charlie Finley together and you're asking for mayhem. As the Chicago Baseball Museum recounts in a terrific 2013 article (linked on our website), Piersall was hired by the A's for a "jack-of-all-trades job" that essentially boiled down to "a combination ticket salesman and 42-year-old office boy." The Red Sox legend (and protagonist of the 1957 biopic Fear Strikes Out about his manic depression) was assigned to do things like read Finley the newspaper, hawk group ticket sales and, we kid you not, unload a truck full of moustache wax for Rollie Fingers and his fellow Swingin' A's. In the article, Piersall calls Finley "the biggest [jerk] in America," adding that "He just knew how to run a ballclub and make money (while spending little).” Case in point: Piersall goes on to mention that his 1972 World Series ring didn't even have a diamond.

 

Presented is that very ring with its original CZ stone having been replaced with a genuine 57-point diamond. (Eat your heart out, Charlie O!) The Jostens 14K-gold, size 11 ring rates beautiful NM condition and features "PIERSALL" on the shank and "Jim Piersall" script-engraved inside. Accompanied by a vintage Jostens ring box and a 1991 purchase LOA from California Numismatic Investments that reads, in part, "This ring was obtained from Piersall's family by a major collector, prior to being purchased by California Numismatics." This item has a reserve (estimated value $5,000 - 10,000).



 
 
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