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Lot 264



Lot Number: 264

Description: Highly significant and rare New York Yankees 1923 World Series gold pocket watch presented to Yankees catcher Wally Schang. Commemorating the Yankee’s first World Championship in franchise history, team owner Jacob Ruppert and the Commissioner's office spared no expense in recognizing their players' efforts. This rare 14k gold Gruen Pentagon watch (manufactured by the renowned Gruen Watch Company) features a Precision-grade “Verithin” movement, as noted on the face. The reverse displays an engraved baseball scene and is lettered “Yankees – World Champions 1923.” The back of the watchcase opens up to reveal the engraved inscription “Presented by Baseball Commissioner To Walter Schang.” A watch was the standard presentation piece awarded by teams in honor of winning the World Series in the 1920s and before, making this the equivalent of a World Series ring. The first World Series ring ever presented by any team was the Giants in 1922; the first World Series ring presented by the Yankees was in 1927. The watch remains in working order and in superb original condition. A scarce and historically significant piece of Yankees history representing the dawn of the greatest dynasty in sports history occurring in the inaugural season of “The House That Ruth Built”: EX-MT

Estimated Price: ($7,500.00-$10,000.00)

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