New York Yankees World Series ring issued to outfielder Cliff Mapes in commemoration of the club's 1949 World Championship season. This is one of only three 1949 New York Yankees World Series player's rings we can recall having seen at public auction in the past 20 years. This ring has been consigned directly by Mapes' granddaughter and is accompanied by a one-page typed signed letter of provenance from her in which she details its ownership lineage within the family. The 10K gold ring, produced by Balfour, features a single diamond set within a baseball-diamond motif on the front. "New York Yankees - World Champions" is lettered in relief along the front perimeter. Each shank displays the identical design: a depiction of the Yankees' famous "top hat" logo, above which is the the year, "1949." The name "Clifford" is engraved on the interior band, as is "Balfour" and "10K." Cliff Mapes appeared in 111 games with the Yankees in 1949, finishing the year with 7 home runs, 38 RBI, and a .247 batting average. He also started in four of the five World Series games against the Dodgers, recording a double and two RBI in ten at bats. Although Mapes' Major League career was brief (five years, four spent with the Yankees beginning in 1948), he is best remembered today as being the last Yankees player to wear Ruth's fabled number 3 before it was officially retired on June 13, 1948. 1949 also marked the first of New York's record five consecutive World Championships, making this both a historically significant and desirable World Series ring commemorating the start of baseball's greatest dynasty. The ring displays wear commensurate with its age and use (in her letter, Mapes' granddaughter notes that he wore it daily throughout his life), including slight loss of detail to the Yankees logo on one shank. In Excellent condition overall. Size: approximately 11.75. Weight: 25 grams. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open).