August 4, 2015

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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.

2002 DETROIT RED WINGS STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS CHAMPIONSHIP RING - 10K GOLD
2002 DETROIT RED WINGS STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS CHAMPIONSHIP RING - 10K GOLD
$7,500.00
Time Remaining: 1d 2h 36m
Buy It Now for only: $7,500.00
Molson Canadian Stanley Cup Rings Display Case Factory Sealed Set Large Framed
Molson Canadian Stanley Cup Rings Display Case Factory Sealed Set Large Framed
$799.00
Time Remaining: 19d 3h 18m
Buy It Now for only: $799.00
1991 & 92 Mario Lemieux Replica Stanley Cup Rings Pittsburgh Penguins A+ Quality
1991 & 92 Mario Lemieux Replica Stanley Cup Rings Pittsburgh Penguins A+ Quality
$629.00
Time Remaining: 29d 9h 13m
Buy It Now for only: $629.00
RARE!!!!MOLSON CANADIAN OFFICIAL NHL STANLEY CUP FACTORY WOOD FRAMED RING SET
RARE!!!!MOLSON CANADIAN OFFICIAL NHL STANLEY CUP FACTORY WOOD FRAMED RING SET
$579.99
Time Remaining: 3d 3h 8m
Buy It Now for only: $579.99
Molson Canadian Stanley Cup Rings Display Case Factory Sealed Set Framed sealed
Molson Canadian Stanley Cup Rings Display Case Factory Sealed Set Framed sealed
$549.00
Time Remaining: 4d 3h 28m
Buy It Now for only: $729.00
Molson Canadian Replica Stanley Cup Rings & Display Case - Full Set of 20 Rings
Molson Canadian Replica Stanley Cup Rings & Display Case - Full Set of 20 Rings
$549.95
Time Remaining: 28d 5h 41m
Buy It Now for only: $549.95
Molson NHL Stanley Cup Winners Rings Complete Set of 20 - Factory Frame Included
Molson NHL Stanley Cup Winners Rings Complete Set of 20 - Factory Frame Included
$533.54
Time Remaining: 13d 20h 10m
Buy It Now for only: $533.54
Molson Canadian Replica Stanley Cup Commemorative Rings - Full Set of 20 Rings
Molson Canadian Replica Stanley Cup Commemorative Rings - Full Set of 20 Rings
$499.95
Time Remaining: 24d 3h 24m
Buy It Now for only: $499.95
2015 NHL HOCKEY MOLSON STANLEY CUP RINGS SET OF 20 plus HOLDER, REPLICA, NRMT+
2015 NHL HOCKEY MOLSON STANLEY CUP RINGS SET OF 20 plus HOLDER, REPLICA, NRMT+
$499.00
Time Remaining: 11d 1h 48m
Buy It Now for only: $499.00
Molson Canadian STANLEY CUP RINGS 20 Team Complete Set w/Factory Display Case
Molson Canadian STANLEY CUP RINGS 20 Team Complete Set w/Factory Display Case
$475.00
Time Remaining: 21d 18h 2m
Buy It Now for only: $475.00
Wayne Gretzky Stanley Cup Ring Collection Lot Of 4
Wayne Gretzky Stanley Cup Ring Collection Lot Of 4
$419.00
Time Remaining: 7d 21h 9m
Buy It Now for only: $419.00
Molson Canadian Replica Stanley Cup Commemorative Rings - Full Set of 20 Rings
Molson Canadian Replica Stanley Cup Commemorative Rings - Full Set of 20 Rings
$379.95
Time Remaining: 5d 18h 3m

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