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1975 Cincinnati Reds World Series Trophy (Ex-Joe Reichler)

Starting Bid - $2,000.00 , Sold For - $7,637.50

Of all the various trophies and awards created to honor excellence in the field of sports, perhaps none is more attractive or visually impressive than the Major League Baseball World Series trophy. Offered here is a highly significant example commemorating the Cincinnati Reds 1975 World Championship season. These trophies were presented only to players, baseball executives, and owners. It is extremely rare to see a World Series trophy available dating from such an early year, let alone from the 1975 Reds. Almost all World Series trophies which appear at auction date from the 1990s (or more recent years). Produced by world-renowned jewelers Balfour, the imposing design features twenty-four gold-colored pennants, bearing the team name of each Major League franchise respectively, displayed around the perimeter of the black wooden base. The interior metal design consists of a silver baseball, set within a gold band, atop which rests a crown. Displayed directly in front of this are the 1975 World Series press pins for the Reds and the Red Sox. The gold-colored band affixed around the base reads "Cincinnati Reds - World Champions 1975" in black lettering. This trophy has a significant provenance as it originates from the personal collection of baseball executive Joe Reichler, who is best known today as the editor of The Baseball Encyclopedia . Reichler also worked in the office of the commissioner of baseball as director of publicity, and in 1974, he became vice president of the Major League Promotion Corporation. He retired in 1985 and passed away three years later. This very trophy was displayed for years at the commissioner's office during his years spent working in Major League Baseball. The 1975 fall classic remains one of the most memorable postseason series on record due in large part to Carlton Fisk's dramatic game-winning home run in Game 6. Despite Fisk's heroics, the Reds came back the next night to defeat the Sox 4-3, thus capturing their first World Championship in thirty-five years and officially ushering in the era of "The Big Red Machine." This is a both a significant and rare World Series Trophy commemorating the start of one of baseball's legendary dynasties. The trophy displays minor wear and is in overall Excellent to Mint condition. Height: 12 inches. Diameter: 7 inches. Circumference: 23 inches. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $7,637.50

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