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Cubs raffling off ‘player-grade’ World Series ring for charity

One lucky Chicago Cubs fan will have the extremely distinct honor of owning a World Series ring that is identical to those received by members of the organization after its first championship in 108 years.

For a minimal $10, fans can purchase a ticket for raffle conducted by Jostens — the designer of the ring — in partnership with Cubs Charities.

Fittingly called the “World Series Ring Raffle,” the tickets for it went on sale Friday and will be available until Sept. 4. The winner will be announced Sept. 5, per a Chicago Tribune report.

Some details on the rings, via MLB.com:

Is this ring the same as the one the players received?

Yes, this is the only opportunity for a fan to own a player-grade World Series Ring. The ring is made from 14-karat white gold. Its top features the traditional Cubs bullseye logo masterfully crafted from 33 custom-cut genuine red rubies surrounded by 72 round white diamonds, all within a circular perimeter made up of 46 custom-cut, genuine blue sapphires. The bezel is surrounded by 108 round, white diamonds lifting the Cubs logo to victory and signifying the end of a historic 108-year championship draught. Overall, the ring contains 214 diamonds at 5.5 carats, 3 karats of genuine red rubies and 2.5 karats of genuine sapphires.

In other words, not only is it the same piece of championship jewelry that players received, it will truly be a one-of-a-kind piece of memorabilia, a keepsake that undoubtedly will be coveted by not only Cubs fans but collectors as well.

The best part? The winner of the raffle will have his or her name inscribed on the ring. And the fact proceeds from the raffle will benefit Cubs Charities doesn’t hurt, either.

Additional details, including some some restrictions and such, available here.

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