November 21, 2018

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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.

1982 STANLEY CUP NEW YORK ISLANDERS CHAMPIONS 10k RING PSA/DNA AUTHENTIC
1982 STANLEY CUP NEW YORK ISLANDERS CHAMPIONS 10k RING PSA/DNA AUTHENTIC
$2,500.00
Time Remaining: 11d 9h 54m
Buy It Now for only: $2,500.00
2007 Scott Niedermayer Stanley Cup Ring Ducks w/Box Balfour
2007 Scott Niedermayer Stanley Cup Ring Ducks w/Box Balfour
$1,800.00
Time Remaining: 12d 7h 23m
Buy It Now for only: $1,800.00
1991 & 92 Mario Lemieux Replica Stanley Cup Rings Pittsburgh Penguins A+ Quality
1991 & 92 Mario Lemieux Replica Stanley Cup Rings Pittsburgh Penguins A+ Quality
$599.95
Time Remaining: 14d 9h 9m
Buy It Now for only: $599.95
Philadelphia Flyers Replica Of 1974 Stanley Cup Championship Ring
Philadelphia Flyers Replica Of 1974 Stanley Cup Championship Ring
$399.99
Time Remaining: 15d 21h 41m
Buy It Now for only: $399.99
2017 Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Championship Rings Ring
2017 Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Championship Rings Ring
$359.99
Time Remaining: 27d 15h 46m
Buy It Now for only: $359.99
waahington capitals stanley cup ring
waahington capitals stanley cup ring
$325.00
Time Remaining: 5d 9h 58m
Buy It Now for only: $430.00
84-85-87-88 Wayne Gretzky Career Stanley Cup Championship Ring Collection
84-85-87-88 Wayne Gretzky Career Stanley Cup Championship Ring Collection
$302.27
Time Remaining: 29d 18h 5m
Buy It Now for only: $302.27
Molson Canadian Replica Stanley Cup Commemorative Rings - Full Set of 20 Rings
Molson Canadian Replica Stanley Cup Commemorative Rings - Full Set of 20 Rings
$307.96
Time Remaining: 2d 19h 6m
Buy It Now for only: $307.96
 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS STANLEY CUP LUCITE  RING CUBE+STAND
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS STANLEY CUP LUCITE RING CUBE+STAND
$275.00
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 59m
Buy It Now for only: $275.00
Molson Canadian Replica Stanley Cup Commemorative Rings Near Set (17)
Molson Canadian Replica Stanley Cup Commemorative Rings Near Set (17)
$241.81
Time Remaining: 21d 22h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $241.81
1998 DETROIT RED WINGS STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP RING HIGH QUALITY WITH WOODEN CA
1998 DETROIT RED WINGS STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP RING HIGH QUALITY WITH WOODEN CA
$250.00
Time Remaining: 14d 9h 59m
Buy It Now for only: $250.00
Pittsburgh Penguins Custom Display Case 5x Stanley Cup Champions Rings Trophies
Pittsburgh Penguins Custom Display Case 5x Stanley Cup Champions Rings Trophies
$249.95
Time Remaining: 17d 24m
Buy It Now for only: $249.95

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