Silver-colored ring, produced by Jostens, commemorating Carl Furillo's induction into the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Fame. This is just the second Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Fame ring we have ever seen. (The first, a Gil Hodges example originating directly from the Hodges family, appeared as Lot 1258 in REA's Spring 2014 auction, where it realized $1,422.) While we do not know exactly how many such rings were produced (if, indeed, more than one) they are obviously rare. The ring features a blue stone in the center, with the lettering around the outer and inner bezel reading, respectively, "Brooklyn Dodgers" and "Hall of Fame." The left shank features a player in a batting pose and is engraved "World Champs/55." The right shank features a likeness of a cap, bat, and ball, and is engraved "Furillo/B/RF." (The "B" denotes "Brooklyn" and "RF" denotes Furillo's position.) The manufacturer's name, "Jostens LTM," is engraved on the interior band along with the initials "SF" (most likely denoting "Skoonj" Furillo).
Recent research may shed some light on the nature of these Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Fame rings: The Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball Hall of Fame was founded in 1984 by lifelong Brooklyn resident and Dodgers fan Marty Adler. According to Adler's August 13, 2013, obituary in the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/18/sports/baseball/marty-adler-curator-of-the-brooklyn-dodgers-legacy-dies-at-76.html?_r=0), the museum "never had a permanent home — it was essentially a personal journey down his baseball memory lane — but it enabled him to share his passion for the Dodgers with his fellow Brooklynites." Later in the same article, the Times notes that the first three inductees into the Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984 "were figures from the 1950s teams that came to be known as the Boys of Summer: pitcher Carl Erskine, right fielder Carl Furillo and first baseman Gil Hodges, who died in 1972 while managing the Mets and was represented by his widow, Joan." The ring remains in Near Mint condition. Size: approximately 11. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).