Scarce 1978 New York Yankees World Series Trophy, Balfour
The Ultimate Showpiece of any Yankee Collection!
It’s been sometime since we've owned one of these important pieces of Yankee history. With less than 10 extant it is indeed difficult to "pry" one away from a true collector, and even more of a task to locate one in this exalted state of preservation. There are simply too many elements and fine pieces of detail that make up this beautiful item, making it susceptible to damage. This prodigious award is problem-free and has that wonderful original patina we love to see on an aged piece of memorabilia or rare coin.
The Yankees 1978 season was a tumultuous one for certain. It witnessed three different managers--Billy Martin, Dick Howser and Bob Lemon; a famous encounter between Reggie Jackson and manager Martin, resulting in the former's suspension; the firing of Martin himself after comments he made about the team's owner--and then on Old Timer's Day shortly thereafter, an acclamation by the owner that Marin would in fact return as the team's manager after the season.
More importantly on the field the Bombers, who earned the moniker that season, "The Bronx Zoo", would make the greatest comeback in their long history, rallying from a 14-game deficit in mid-July to tie the first place Boston Red Sox for first place at the end of the 162 game season. That left the two teams to battle in a one-game playoff for the division championship at Fenway Park. That game produced perhaps the most famous home run in Yankee history by Bucky (expletive) Dent. His three run homer in the seventh inning propelled the Yankees to victory. The Bombers went on to win the American League series in four games over the K.C. Royals and the World Series in 6 games over the L.A. Dodgers.
Ron Guidry enjoyed one of the finest seasons for a pitcher, winning the Cy Young award unanimously posting a 25-3 record, a 1.74 era over 273 innings, 9 shutouts and 248 strikeouts. Goose Gossage won the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year award with 27 saves, while Thurman, Reggie and Nettles supplied the power, posting typical season slugging statistics. Ed Figueroa won 20 games and posted a sub-3.00 era.
This fully original, wonderful keepsake, manufactured by the Balfour Company, was officially sanctioned by MLB and offered for sale to players and team executives only. In bright gold brass metal, it measures 12" high, 7" wide, features a long flag from each major league baseball team, a pair of world series press pins for the Dodgers and Yankees, as well as a crown and baseball at its base. The engraved band below boldly reads " World Series Champions, New York Yankees, 1978".The all-important Balfour sticker, proving unquestionable provenance, and showing it was not manufactured in later years by an unofficial, non-licensed private entity, remains affixed on the reverse side.
Yankee world series trophies from 1977 and 1978 are quite rare (compared to ones from the 1990's) and seldom surface. When this beauty came our way we simply had to purchase it. It now sits prominently in a store showcase making a great display for visitors to see. These early keepsakes are extremely undervalued, but equally important they are beautiful and make the perfect statement for the Yankee devotee. A striking showpiece indeed, place this one in your trophy case or perhaps on your fireplace mantle and watch your visitors smile. For the ultimate Yankee fan!