December 3, 2016

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Stanley Cup Rings

Stanley Cup rings have a fascinating history that dates back to the 19th century when the Montreal franchise handed out gold bands to players on the championship club.

As late as 1965, however, players were sometimes asked to buy their own rings.  Considering the average NHL player’s salary at the time, it was a bit of a sacrifice.  Jean Beliveau had to spend $60 for his 1959 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup championship ring. That same ring sold at auction a few years ago for $69,000.

The championship ring ritual we know today wasn’t always in practice.  The Canadiens made winning such a habit that in 1971, they skipped the bling and gave each player the hottest new electronic gizmo on the market—a color TV.  Watches or medals were the norm in the first half of the 20th century, but the 1927 Ottawa Senators did present their players with championship rings.

The growing interest in championship rings and other sports memorabilia has pushed a lot of  former players and executives to sell their memorabilia.

Hockey memorabilia collectors are extremely passionate and whenever a Stanley Cup ring comes on the block, there is usually interest if the price tag is reasonable.  Like World Series, Super Bowl or NBA Finals rings, hockey championship rings are now treasured by those to whom they’re given.  Yet former NHL players have been surrendering their rings at a record pace in recent years, thanks in part to the prices achieved at auction.  That’s hurt the average collector who can’t shell out tens of thousands of dollars for an authentic Stanely Cup ring.

The most garish rings have been issued in recent years including the 2007 Anaheim Mighty Ducks, which contained an amazing collection of 110 diamonds.

Fortunately, there are salesman’s sample and replica rings for sale on the market for a more reasonable price and they attract a following, even if the players are the only one whose rings are adorned with diamonds.  You can sometimes score a real one on eBay, but replica Stanley Cup rings for sale are often found on eBay.  Just check the listing sample below.   The higher the quality of the replica, the more money it will require to purchase.

AUTHENTIC 2009 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP DIAMOND RING
AUTHENTIC 2009 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP DIAMOND RING
$14,999.00
Time Remaining: 7h 58m
Buy It Now for only: $14,999.00
1962 Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup Champions NHL Championship 10K Diamond Ring
1962 Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup Champions NHL Championship 10K Diamond Ring
$8,500.00
Time Remaining: 13d 11h 27m
Buy It Now for only: $8,500.00
1996 COLORADO AVALANCHE 10K GOLD & DIAMOND NHL STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP RING
1996 COLORADO AVALANCHE 10K GOLD & DIAMOND NHL STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP RING
$1,199.99
Time Remaining: 26d 10h 14m
Buy It Now for only: $1,199.99
Make an offer! Large Molson Stanley Cup Ring display collectors edition. Sealed
Make an offer! Large Molson Stanley Cup Ring display collectors edition. Sealed
$675.94
Time Remaining: 16d 7h 55m
Buy It Now for only: $675.94
VERY LIMITED EDITION! ~ 2016 MOLSON CANADIAN FACTORY FRAMED STANLEY CUP RING SET
VERY LIMITED EDITION! ~ 2016 MOLSON CANADIAN FACTORY FRAMED STANLEY CUP RING SET
$599.95
Time Remaining: 7d 12h 31m
Buy It Now for only: $599.95
Edmonton Oilers Replica Stanley Cup Ring Collection -5 Rings- Wayne Gretzky
Edmonton Oilers Replica Stanley Cup Ring Collection -5 Rings- Wayne Gretzky
$599.99
Time Remaining: 8d 13h 21m
Buy It Now for only: $599.99
1991 & 92 Mario Lemieux Replica Stanley Cup Rings Pittsburgh Penguins A+ Quality
1991 & 92 Mario Lemieux Replica Stanley Cup Rings Pittsburgh Penguins A+ Quality
$599.95
Time Remaining: 25d 17h 57m
Buy It Now for only: $599.95
Molson Canadian LIMITED EDITION STANLEY CUP CHAMPS RING SET Framed Case all 20
Molson Canadian LIMITED EDITION STANLEY CUP CHAMPS RING SET Framed Case all 20
$480.74
Time Remaining: 23d 13h 5m
Buy It Now for only: $480.74
Philadelphia Flyers Replica Of 1974 Stanley Cup Championship Ring
Philadelphia Flyers Replica Of 1974 Stanley Cup Championship Ring
$399.99
Time Remaining: 14d 5h 4m
Buy It Now for only: $399.99
Molson Canadian Replica Stanley Cup Commemorative Rings - Full Set of 20 Rings
Molson Canadian Replica Stanley Cup Commemorative Rings - Full Set of 20 Rings
$349.95
Time Remaining: 20d 18h 9m
Buy It Now for only: $349.95
Full set of 2016 Molson Canadian stanley cup championship ring with case
Full set of 2016 Molson Canadian stanley cup championship ring with case
$338.35
Time Remaining: 20d 16h 29m
Buy It Now for only: $338.35
2016 Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Championship Rings Ring
2016 Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Championship Rings Ring
$359.99
Time Remaining: 2d 7h 43m
Buy It Now for only: $359.99

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