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Lot 185

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Lot Number: 185

Description: Monumental Johnny Unitas 1958 Baltimore Colts 14K gold Championship ring - The most notable presentation piece related to "Greatest Game Ever Played" ever offered. The story of the 1958 NFL season is well written and ranks among the most significant in the history of the league. The 1958 Baltimore Colts World Championship team defeated the New York Giants in dramatic fashion with a Johnny Unitas touchdown pass to Alan Ameche in sudden death overtime clinching the win for Baltimore. The epic contest became known as the "Greatest Game Ever Played" and its' legendary status was due in no small part to the fact the game was nationally televised leading to a surge in popularity of the NFL overall. Unitas was the key figure in the Colts regular season and steered the team through a challenging Championship game to claim the title. For his efforts, the Franchise awarded him this Championship ring which now ranks among a small handful which can be considered among the most important ever offered at auction. Ornate 14K gold ring features the Colts mascot logo on each side within a text engraved horseshoe. One shank reads "World Champions" and the other, "Colts 23 Giants 17." Top of the ring is lettered "Baltimore Colts World Champions" around the edge accented by two small inset blue sapphires (these having been replaced) and there is a larger (.5 Carat) diamond in the center. Inscribed "John C. Unitas #19" on the interior band. Size is approx. (11.5) and the ring weighs (33) grams. As would be expected, this was a prized possession of Johnny Unitas and while well preserved it does show evidence of mild wear. Includes letter of provenance from the Unitas Family: EX-EX/MT

Estimated Price Range: ($75,000-$150,000)

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