FALL 2012 Auction
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Prior to the Cardinals ring presentation ceremony at the start of the 2012 season, team owner Bill DeWitt III said in a statement, "We worked hard to design a ring that would tell the epic story of 2011, and also pay tribute to the great history of the franchise."
The rings, designed and produced by Jostens, feature faceted rubies, a 14 karat yellow gold frame and 103 round diamonds. The underside lists the three playoff series scores and the words "Happy Flight," the Cardinals' clubhouse rallying cry that season. Another unique design feature of the 14 karat white gold ring is the immortalization of the "rally squirrel". In Game 4 of the 2011 NL Division Series, a squirrel darted across home plate during Skip Schumaker's at-bat -- and the Busch Stadium crowd went wild. Cardinals fans adopted the critter's image throughout the playoffs, when it was seen on T-shirts, memorabilia and images on stadium screens.
In the vein of paying tribute to the great history of the franchise, this ring was presented to one of the Cardinals greatest and most beloved players, Ozzie Smith. The size 10 3/4 ring remains in perfect original condition, as issued, in its custom presentation box. Without question, this is among the most significant modern St. Louis Cardinals World Series rings ever made available to the collecting public.
LOA from Ozzie Smith.