A piece of baseball history has hit the market. Former Red Sox reliever Scott Williamson has placed his 2004 World Series ring up for sale with Cincinnati-based online personal property sale company Everything But the House. It is the first player's ring to become available from the 2004 team that snapped the club's 86-year championship drought. Bidding on the ring opened at $1 at approximately 4:15 p.m. ET on Friday and will continue through approximately 8 p.m. on Oct. 25. If there are last-minute bids, the auction will continue until midnight.
According to Brian Graves, co-owner of Everything But the House, World Series rings from the mid-20th century typically sell between $20,000 and $50,000, though Lenny Dykstra's ring from 1986 fetched more than $56,000 in 2009. In 2007, Jostens auctioned a replica of Boston's World Series ring to support the Jimmy Fund; the auction brought a little more than $90,000. Graves remembers speculation then about how much an actual ring would fetch. Now we'll see. "At a minimum, I'd expect the $100,000 to $120,000 range, and I think it has every feasibility of reaching $200,000 to $250,000," Graves said, estimating so high because no comparable ring has ever hit the market. "There's never been an '04 World Series ring available, obviously, and there's [nothing] comparable to that series because of what it meant," he said. "It was probably the most significant of our lifetime, and arguably in all of baseball history." Photographs, a detailed description of the ring and bidding procedures can be found on the company's website, www.ebth.com.