Reds legend auctioning off World Series rings

Reds legend auctioning off World Series rings
Cincinnati Reds' catcher Johnny Bench points to his parents after hitting his 313th home run as a catcher, July 12, 1980, in Cincinnati. The homer tied Bench with Yogi Berra for the major league record for home runs as a catcher. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke) (Source: Ed Reinke)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A Cincinnati Reds legend and member of the Big Red Machine is auctioning off a pair of World Series Championship rings.

Hall of Famer catcher Johnny Bench has listed his 1975 and 1976 World Series rings on Hunt Auctions.

The ’75 Reds (108-54) bulldozed its way through the regular season en route to the World Series title.

Johnny Bench's 1975 World Series ring is expected to go for between $75,000 and $150,000 on Hunt Auctions.
Johnny Bench's 1975 World Series ring is expected to go for between $75,000 and $150,000 on Hunt Auctions. (Source: Hunt Auctions)

Bench’s ’75 championship ring is estimated to go for between $75,000 and $150,000, according to Hunt Auctions. As of 10 a.m. Thursday, the current bid is $69,044.

In ’76, the Reds made it back-to-back World Series titles by sweeping the New York Yankees.

Bench’s performance in the series earned him the World Series MVP.

His ’76 World Series ring is expected to go for the same price as the ’75 one.

Johnny Bench was named the MVP of the 1976 World Series.
Johnny Bench was named the MVP of the 1976 World Series. (Source: Hunt Auctions)

The highest bid as of 10 a.m. Thursday for the ’76 ring is $59,004.

The auctions for Bench’s World Series rings end at 3 p.m. EST on Nov. 13.

Both rings come with a letter of provenance from Bench, according to Hunt Auctions.

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