Lot # 375: 2015 KANSAS CITY ROYALS WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS 14K GOLD RING ISSUED TO MILT THOMPSON WITH ORIGINAL PRESENTATION BOX

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Item was in Auction "Winter Premier Auction 2017",
which ran from 1/4/2017 1:00 PM to
1/21/2017 8:00 PM



After a painstaking Game 7 loss in the 2014 World Series to the Mad Bum-led San Francisco Giants, the Kansas City Royals got refocused and made it all the way back to the Fall Classic in 2015. This time, facing the New York Mets, they were not to be denied, winning their first World Championship in 30 years. A balanced, team-effort with timely hitting, aggressive base-running and a dominant bullpen were the recipes for success. A largely home-grown roster of maturing talent led by Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain, and Salvador Perez had blossomed into World Champions under Manager Ned Yost. Offered here is spectacular 2015 World Series 14K gold ring issued to former big-leaguer Milt Thompson, who has served the Royals' organization as outfield, base-running and hitting instructor for four seasons.

The Royals' large "KC" logo spelled out in 31 custom-cut blue sapphires outlined in yellow gold adorns the fact set atop a bed of 14-karat white gold and 41 round cut diamonds. The words "WORLD CHAMPIONS" frame the top and bottom in yellow gold with an additional 16 round cut diamonds on each side. The sides are lined with the team’s crown logo in 14-karat yellow gold with a gold satin finish. There are 30 round white diamonds that adorn the top of the crown, while 30 princess-cut blue sapphires sit behind the crown. One shank features "THOMPSON" atop a silhouetted Kaufman Stadium overlaid with the Royals and MLB logo. The other shanks has "2015" spelled out in yellow gold and 23 round cut diamonds, set above a baseball diamond and World Series trophy flanked by two large princess-cut sapphires for 1st and 3rd base that represent the team's back to back A.L. Pennants. The five diamonds on the bottom of the trophy represent the five runs Kansas City scored in the top of the 12th inning in their Game 5 clinching victory over the Mets. Inside the band is the team logo engraved with "CROWNED BACK TO BACK A.L. CHAMPS" and each of the three postseason series results in 2015 to become champions, along with "Jostens 14K." The ring has a total of 115 diamonds (2.5 carats) and comes in size 12, weighing 74 grams total.

The ring itself is in immaculate condition, having little sign of ever being worn by Milt Thompson. It includes the original Jostens black presentation box,also in perfect shape, with a glass top etched "Royals 2015 World Champions." Original paperwork from the Royals including its official appraisal ($17,400) is also included.