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Wanna buy a World Series ring?

Mar 11, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

It’s a 1984 Detroit Tigers model, so I would be interested.  Whose is it? Lance Parrish? Larry Herndon? [swoons, bats eyes] Alan Trammell?

How much would you pay for a piece of the Tigers’ 1984 World Series championship?

Would you pay $5,000?

That’s the asking price on eBay for the World Series ring of former Tigers’ infielder Doug Baker. As of Wednesday night, there were no bids on the ring, but the auction ends on Friday — so there’s time. If you have $5,000 to spend, that is.

Oh. Well.  Reminds me of the time my dad bought my brother and I a few commemorative six packs of Coke because they had members of the ’84 Tigers on them.  When Curt and I got a Doug Baker can we looked at each other and said “Doug Baker?”  And I was an extremely dedicated fan for an 11 year-old.

But there’s an upside here. When I saw the headline I thought that someone from that team was in bad financial shape and thus had to pawn the thing that represents one of their life’s proudest moments simply to pay the rent.  Turns out that it’s less dire than that: Baker had lost the ring once upon a time, got a replacement from whatever the MLB-equivalent of Jostens is, but then had his original ring returned to him. Dude only needs one, so he’s selling it.

I won’t be buying, but call me if Jack Morris gets hard up for dough.

  1. Eric Solomon - Mar 11, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    “whatever the MLB-equivalent of Jostens is”
    LMFAO. Good one, Craig.

  2. John - Mar 11, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    I thought you were a Braves fan?

  3. Craig Calcaterra - Mar 11, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    I am, but I was born in Michigan and lived there until I was 12, and was a Tiger fan as a kid. Didn’t pick up the Braves until I moved to West Virginia in 1985 and they were the only team I could see on a regular basis. By 1987 the transition was complete and it’s been the Braves ever since.
    I still have mucho love for the pre-87 Tigers. It hasn’t carried over at all to the teams since then.

  4. Mike - Mar 11, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    “Wanna buy a World Series ring?”
    (Insert unnecessary Yankees joke)

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