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Yankees World Series ring sells for $15,600; Mar. 25 at Tim's Inc.

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Thursday, 26 April 2012 15:51

The top lot of the sale was this 1996 New York Yankees World Series ring once owned by Rey Quinones, $15,600. Image courtesy Tim's, Inc.

BRISTOL, Conn. – An aggressive bidder from New York stepped up to the plate and slammed one out of the park by purchasing an actual 1996 New York Yankees World Series ring once owned by former ballplayer Rey Quinones. The ring brought $15,600 at the 20th annual Cabin Fever Auction held March 25 by Tim’s, Inc., at the firm’s gallery facility in Bristol, Connecticut. provided the Internet live bidding.

It was a diverse sale that set numerous records for Tim's, Inc. -- most Internet bidders for one sale, most page views to the online catalog (25,000+), and longest duration for a Cabin Fever Auction (12+ hours). One can probably add to that list record interest, judging by the enthusiasm and intensity displayed by bidders, who behaved like they were at Game Seven of the World Series.

Rey Quinones was a shortstop who played for three teams from 1986-1989 (the Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners and Pittsburgh Pirates). He held an administrative position with the Yankees in the 1996 season, thus entitling him to a ring. It was a beauty, featuring 1.5 ounces of gold, 23 brilliant round-cut diamonds (one for each Yankee championship team) plus a faux sapphire.

The ring was the top lot of the nearly 750 items that crossed the block in a sale that Tim Chapulis – owner of Tim’s, Inc. – described as one of the best Cabin Fever Auctions ever. “Interest in this year’s sale was way up compared to last year,” he said. “We started selling at 12 noon and didn’t quit 'til after midnight. It was a marathon sale packed with quality merchandise.”

A respectable live crowd turned out for the event, while 400 bidders participated online. Internet bidding dominated, with thousands of hits to the catalog and bids pouring in from eight different countries (Canada was especially active). Phone bidding was brisk, and Chapulis said left bids numbered in the “high hundreds.”

Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a buyer’s premium of 15 percent for cash purchases, 18 percent for known checks and 20 percent for winning Internet bidders.

The first 18 lots to come up for bid were a blend of graded and raw ungraded St. Gaudens gold coins, and that set the tone for the rest of the day. “We knew we were going to have a great sale up front because of all the many gold and silver coins,” Chapulis said. “It didn’t hurt that the value of precious metals continues to climb.” The St. Gaudens coins averaged over $2,000 each.

The last three lots of the sale were also gold coins: a pair of half-ounce American eagles ($1,080) and a one-ounce American eagle ($1,770). “We had Internet bidders who stayed up past midnight to bid on those coins,” Chapulis said with a laugh. Other coins that did well included an 1889 –CC Morgan silver dollar ($1,897.50), and a Civil War-era 1861 $5 Coronet coin ($1,610).

Coins weren’t the only items that coaxed people out of their long winter hibernation. The auction also featured rare and vintage guitars (some of them signed), antique clocks (by some of the most renowned named in early colonial clockmaking), Oriental estate carpets, furniture (to include a monumental oak carved two-door glass collector’s cabinet that hit $5,310), and more.

The clocks featured a Silas B. Terry (Plymouth, Conn.) keyhole-shaped clock, 25 inches tall ($2,300), an uncommon and large rosewood E.N. Welch (Forestville, Conn.) wall regulator weight-driven clock from circa 1880s ($2,242), a Jerome & Darrow (Bristol, Conn.) pillar and scroll clock ($1,200), and a circa-1856 Elmer Stennis banjo clock with original glasses ($2,012).

Vintage guitars included a Gibson Byrdland model from around 1960 ($8,625), a Gibson Hummingbird guitar from the same era ($2,300), and a vintage guitar signed by members of the iconic '60s rock band Iron Butterfly ($604). Proceeds from the sale of that guitar, plus other items in the auction, went to benefit St. Jude Research Children’s Hospital, based in Memphis.

Returning to coins, other lots included a complete set of Mercury head dimes that featured the key date 1916-D date ($1,150), a 1900 choice uncirculated Berber quarter ($1,080), an 1898 Barber 10-cent coin ($1,230), a roll of year 2000 one-ounce American pure silver eagle coins ($990), a similar roll from 1987 ($1,080), and many $5 Indian and Liberty head gold coins.

Rounding out the day’s top lots were a pair of Ponsin circa-1700 continental European flintlock dueling pistols ($6,325), a beautiful lacquered music box purchased by an online bidder in California for a buyer overseas ($1,620), a pair of stuffed wolves from a restaurant in the Carolinas ($600 each), and a gorgeous but damaged Kerman rug with a large hole in it ($4,425).

Admittance to the auction came in the form of a suggested $10 donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in memory of Peter W. Chapulis, Tim’s late father. “The outpour of support was tremendous,” Tim said. “Many people gave more than we asked. This year we’ve raised over $45,000 for the charity. The goal is to reach $50,000 for 2012, St. Jude’s 50th year.”

To contact Tim Chapulis, call 860-459-0964 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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The top lot of the sale was this 1996 New York Yankees World Series ring once owned by Rey Quinones, $15,600. Image courtesy Tim's, Inc.

This monumental oak carved two-door glass collector's cabinet was a hit for $5,310. Image courtesy Tim's, Inc.

St. Gaudens gold coins like this one averaged around $2,000 each, including buyer's premium. Image courtesy Tim's, Inc.

Vintage guitars were numerous and included this circa-1960 Gibson Byrdland model, $8,625. Image courtesy Tim's, Inc.

Auctioneer Tim Chapulis (right) fields bids for a vintage guitar signed by members of '60s rock band Iron Butterfly, $604. Image courtesy Tim's, Inc.

Large rosewood E.N. Welch (Forestville, Conn.) wall regulator weight driven clock, circa 1880s, $2,242. Image courtesy Tim's, Inc.

Antique clocks included this circa-1856 Elmer Stennis banjo clock with original glasses, $2,012. Image courtesy Tim's, Inc.

This beautiful pair of Ponsin circa-1700 continental European flintlock dueling pistols hit the mark for $6,325. Image courtesy Tim's, Inc.

Auctioneer Tim Chapulis is dwarfed by this gorgeous Kerman carpet that hammered $4,425. Image courtesy Tim's, Inc.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 April 2012 16:36

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