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They depend on when you buy them, early on you can buy the early version but if you maintain your rank or get it later you can obtain the upgraded version. Similar to what occured during vanilla and you can follow the timeline to judge if and when you wish to invest time.
http://www.kronos-wow.com/2018/02/18/pvp-timeline-and-decay-cap-changes/ "All PVP items (including those already purchased) will be automatically updated at their appropriate times. The new Rank 14 items (such as High Warlord’s Battle Mace), will only be available to players who are Rank 14 at the time of purchase." This here states that you will get your gear upgraded at some point later on without having to rerank. Only R14 weps that werent in the game such as quickblades, casterdagger will need r14 at later patch.