Put your general manager cap on and think about what you would give for a reliable reliever that could make eighty-plus appearances per season, with an ERA under 3.00. One of the elite few that could fill that bill is the remarkable Kent Tekulve. Coming at hitters with a deceptive sub-marine style delivery, "Teke" appeared in 1,050 games, all in relief without ever having started a game in the Majors. Now figure out what you will give for Tekulve's ring from his only All-Star Game selection.
Served up is Tekulve's 1980 MLB All-Star Game ring. Fashioned by famous maker Balfour, this sleek piece of presentation jewelry is a handsome creation. A silver star is set against a blue background on the front, that is so dark it appears black. Surrounding this central device are the words "Baseball All Star". The left side features the MLB batter logo, with the name "Tekulve" impressed above and "Major League Baseball" below. On the right side, the "LA Dodgers 1980" All-Star Game logo is situated above a shield impressed with "American National", representing the competing leagues. The inside of the band is marked "Balfour Stainless". Showing minimal traces of wear, this gleaming treasure makes a dynamic visual impression. Accompanying is a letter of provenance signed by Kent Tekulve.