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That A-Rod World Series ring being auctioned: it’s a replica

Feb 25, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT

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This is not the most critical update on the planet, but I’ve seen enough of the “A-Rod’s World Series ring is up for sale!” stories and posts today that don’t make the distinction — including our own post here at HBT over the weekend — that I figure it’s worth noting that the ring which is being auctioned off is a replica, not Alex Rodriguez‘s actual ring, and one which was never owned by him.

As Wallace Matthews reports, A-Rod made — and presumably paid for — “numerous’ replicas of his World Series ring for family and friends, this being one of them. Many outlets didn’t realize that from the initial Daily News report, which itself did not note the replica status. Some even went a step further and said that “A-Rod was selling his “only” World Series ring,” assuming it was his rather than merely leaving the matter vague or unexamined.

It’s probably easy for some folks to think the worst of Not-True Yankee Alex Rodriguez and to assume he cares so little about winning that he’d auction of his World Series ring, but that’s simply not what’s happening here.

  1. digbysellers - Feb 25, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Replica huh? You mean just like my Steve Balboni jersey?

  2. adderalljack - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Once again, A-Rod’s a fake.

    • protius - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      Once again, you’re a jerk.

  3. sdelmonte - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Funny how half the time, Matthews is a decent reporter.

  4. mybrunoblog - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    eBay always has tons of replica World Series and Super Bowl rings for sale. Usually like $200 for a decent one. I bet this one goes for a lot more. Obviously real white gold and diamonds. No CZ when your pulling down $28 million a year.

  5. Innocent Bystander - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    I’m no conspiracy theorist, but I do believe this was written vague on purpose so that people would think it was A-Rod’s real ring. Anything to continue the over-the-top hatred of the guy. Think about…is this really even a story? Really it is as much a story if digbysellers did sell his Balboni jersey. It’s 2 non-Yankees selling memorabilia. How is that anything?

  6. fanofevilempire - Feb 25, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    another item I will not be biddin on, all your Craig.

    Craig, keep it up and you can work for Auction Kings too.

  7. joshftw - Feb 25, 2013 at 5:37 PM

  8. hojo20 - Feb 25, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    I faked it once.

  9. cackalackyank - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    I see someone mentioned replica rings on e-bay. Is it common for the Players to have these made, or are they “faked” by memorabilia dealers? It just seems like an open invitation to fraud. Just curious.

  10. badintent - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Meg Ryan faked it for an entire career.

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