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Eli Grba 1993 Philadelphia Phillies N.L. Champions Scout's Ring

Lot Number 743

Quantity: Bid Starts: 03/30/2015 12:00:00 
Bid Open: 1500.00  Bid Ends: 04/09/2015 23:42:39 
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Eli Grba's redemption story goes like this: The promising young pitcher starts out his career with Mantle, Maris, Ford and company, winning the 1960 A.L. pennant. Then he has the distinction of being the "Original Angel"—the first player chosen by the Angels in the 1960 expansion draft. But things go south shortly thereafter and Grba is released in 1963. By 1967, after three failed comeback attempts, Grba starts working odd jobs and hitting the bottle hard. So hard that his alcoholism leads to a 1970 divorce and the loss of custody of his children. The rest of the decade is a blur of hangovers, medical issues, another short-lived marriage, drunk driving, and suicidal thoughts. Grba reaches rock bottom in 1981 and checks himself into a detox center. He sobers up, beginning the long road to recovery. Minor-league coaching stints throughout the 1980s ultimately land him back in the majors as a Philadelphia Phillies scout—and the rag-tag '93 Phils make their fairytale journey to the World Series. Thus, with 33 checkered years in between them, this is the second of Grba's league championship rings—the redemption ring. Made by Balfour, the 10K-gold, size 13 showpiece delivers 80 points' worth of genuine diamonds and rates EX-MT with minor shank wear. Accompanied by the original Balfour box and a 1998 purchase LOA. NOTE: This item has a reserve. Estimated value ($3000-$5000).

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