Even Cousin Yuri no longer wants anything to do with Alex Rodriguez.
The diamond-studded, 2009 World Series ring A-Rod gave his cousin Yuri Sucart — the man Rodriguez says talked him into using steroids — will go on sale Monday, and sports memorabilia auctioneer Ken Goldin says it could fetch as much as $40,000.
“It’s a unique item,” Goldin said. “There is no doubt that Alex is the greatest player of his generation, and this was his only World Series victory.”
The collector purchased the ring from Sucart for an undisclosed sum and consigned it to Goldin Auctions. The opening bid is $5,000.
Sucart, apparently tired of the notoriety that comes with being associated with Rodriguez, approached a South Florida memorabilia collector a few months ago to see if he would be interested in the World Series ring. The collector asked Goldin to help him determine the ring’s authenticity.
When the collector told Goldin the seller was Sucart, any concerns the auctioneer harbored evaporated. Goldin had met Sucart years ago, after he was hired by A-Rod's former agent, Scott Boras, to handle players’ autograph and memorabilia deals.