1982 Cosmos National Championship Ring Soccer- Provenance Letter
The New York Cosmos recaptured the championship of the North American Soccer League with a 1-0 Soccer Bowl victory over the Seattle Sounders on a goal by Giorgio Chinaglia in the 31st minute. It was the second championship in three years and the fifth over all for the Cosmos, who were dethroned by the Chicago Sting last year. The other titles came in 1972, the second year of the franchise, 1977, 1978 and 1980.
The Sounders were the better team in the greater part of the first half of the game, played at Jack Murphy Stadium before a crowd of 22,634, the smallest Soccer Bowl crowd since 1975. But it was the Cosmos who scored at a time the Sounders were playing like the superior team. The Cosmos weren’t classy tonight, but they played intelligently enough to earn the title. This has been a lucky season for the Cosmos, but no one can say they were lucky in the championship game. They were well-organized on defense, their midfielders supported the defense and the forward line well, and Chinaglia did again what he does best.
For getting the game’s only goal, Chinaglia was voted the most valuable player of the game, his second such award after scoring two goals in the 3-0 triumph over Fort Lauderdale in Soccer Bowl-80. It was Chinaglia’s fifth Soccer Bowl goal.
Presented is an original team ring from the Championship belonging to Sam Cerenov who worked for the team. It is a 10 Karat yellow gold diamond ring. Set into the center of the ring is a cushion shaped tablet imitation sapphire gemstone. It measures approximately 14mm x 12mm. On top of the bezel tablet is a pentagon shaped white gold place, bead set with five round full cut diamonds, each measuring approximately 2.7mm. Embossed above and below the center with black antiquing is “COSMOS NASL CHAMPIONS “1982”. Engraved on the sides of the center with black antiquing is “1982”. Embossed on one flank with black antiquing is “Soccer Bowl 82 San Diego NASL”. Embossed on the other side is “VOGEL COSMPS VP” with the image of a soccer ball in a circle with green, yellow and blue enamel. The estimated total diamond weight is .35 carat, all with VS-2 to VS-2 clarity and F to G Color. The finger size is 10 with an overall weight of 25.7 grams.
August 16, 2018 “This letter confirms that Sam Cerenov is the owner of NY Cosmos 1982 Championship Soccer Ball ring, given to him by me as a gift.” – Sheldon Vogel”
Authentication: Jewelers Appraisal, Provenance Letter..