1992 Toronto Blue Jays World Series Championship Large Format Trophy from The Devon White Collection
It took nearly nine decades of World Series action for the ultimate symbol of achievement in our national pastime to cross an international border, and we find that symbol on offer here, a massive trophy commemorating the first of two consecutive World Championships in Toronto. While the foot-tall examples cross the hobby’s auction block with a reasonable degree of regularity, these monumental “Commissioner’s Trophy” models are dozens of times as rare, typically issued only to team ownership.
Mr. White tells us that each player was issued the standard twelve-inch model after the Jays’ conquered the world and had the option to purchase the twenty-four inch style out of their own pocket. White believes he was the only player to do so. He also tells us that this trophy, and the 1993 model in the lot that follows, have spent the past three years on display at the Rogers Centre, the Blue Jays’ home park, before consignment to Heritage.
The distinctive styling of this award features a ring of flags announcing every Major League team, with crown and baseball figurals at center. Pins sporting the logo of the Blue Jays and the Atlanta Braves, who met that October, are positioned in front. Ringing the base of the twenty-four-inch tall trophy is a golden band, which is engraved, “Replica 1992 World Series Championship Trophy, Made for Devon White, Member of the 1992 Toronto Blue Jays.” The trophy remains mounted on a red velvet base for public display, adding approximately seven inches (7″) to the height. Fine condition. A portion of the proceeds from this sale will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. Letter of provenance from Devon White.