June 5th, 2013 Summer Games Catalog Auction (#38)
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This lot is closed. Bidding ended on 6/6/2013.
The 1981 season is remembered best for the highly-criticized split-season format enacted by Major League Baseball in response to the 10-week players’ strike and subsequently shortened season. The first round of the playoffs saw the Dodgers, NL West champions of the first half of the season, face off against the Houston Astros, NL West champions of the second half, in the newly implemented Division Series. The Dodgers would defeat Houston then Montreal in the NLCS, winning both series in five games. The 1981 Fall Classic matched Los Angeles against the New York Yankees. After dropping the first two games in New York, the Dodgers would travel home and win three consecutive games, each by a one-run margin, to take the lead in the series. In Game 6, the Dodgers shelled the Yankees bullpen on their way to a 9-2 victory, giving the franchise their fifth World Championship. This size 10, 14k gold ring weighs 29 grams and is presumed to have been presented to Terry Johnson after the Dodgers won the 1981 World Series. There was no Johnson on the 1981 Dodgers roster, Terry Johnson was a longtime Los Angeles sportswriter who covered the Dodgers for nearly two decades. The top panel reads “LOS ANGELES DODGERS WORLD CHAMPIONS” and features a dark blue synthetic face with a .60-carat round-cut diamond in the center. The right panel reads “1981” above a casted image of the World Series Trophy. The base of the trophy is engraved and reads, “LOS ANGELES DODGERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY OCTOBER 28, 1981”. The left panel reads “JOHNSON” in relief above the Dodgers’ ascending ball script logo as well as the interlocking “LA” logo. The inside of the ring is stamped “BALFOUR 14K”. The ring is in EX condition with wear from regular use.
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $2,500
Price Realized: $5,850
Number Bids: 8
Auction closed on Thursday, June 6, 2013.
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