February 28, 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.

1973 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Championship Ring
1973 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Championship Ring
$5,500.00
Time Remaining: 29d 23h 34m
Buy It Now for only: $5,500.00
1981 NY NEW YORK ISLANDERS STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP RING
1981 NY NEW YORK ISLANDERS STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP RING
$4,590.00
Time Remaining: 27d 18h 17m
Buy It Now for only: $4,590.00
1991 & 92 Mario Lemieux Replica Stanley Cup Rings Pittsburgh Penguins A+ Quality
1991 & 92 Mario Lemieux Replica Stanley Cup Rings Pittsburgh Penguins A+ Quality
$649.00
Time Remaining: 22d 4h 36m
Buy It Now for only: $649.00
Replica of the 1974 Philadelphia Flyers Stanley Cup Ring in Lucite
Replica of the 1974 Philadelphia Flyers Stanley Cup Ring in Lucite
$600.00
Time Remaining: 4d 13h 36m
Buy It Now for only: $600.00
1986 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Championship Ring
1986 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Championship Ring
$479.00
Time Remaining: 17d 14h 28m
Buy It Now for only: $479.00
Chicago Blackhawks 2013 STANLEY CUP FINALS BANNER TICKET CHAMPIONSHIP RING Toews
Chicago Blackhawks 2013 STANLEY CUP FINALS BANNER TICKET CHAMPIONSHIP RING Toews
$449.99
Time Remaining: 16d 20h 29m
Buy It Now for only: $449.99
Wayne Gretzky Stanley Cup Ring Collection Lot Of 4
Wayne Gretzky Stanley Cup Ring Collection Lot Of 4
$419.00
Time Remaining: 4d 23h 3m
Buy It Now for only: $419.00
Solid 2008 Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup Championship Ring 11S Datsyuk Gift
Solid 2008 Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup Championship Ring 11S Datsyuk Gift
$399.99
Time Remaining: 1d 5h 53m
Buy It Now for only: $599.99
 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS STANLEY CUP LUCITE  RING CUBE+STAND
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS STANLEY CUP LUCITE RING CUBE+STAND
$375.00
Time Remaining: 13d 14h 3m
Buy It Now for only: $375.00
Hand Made Full Set  STANLEY CUP  CHAMPIONSHIP RING
Hand Made Full Set STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP RING
$299.99
Time Remaining: 9d 8h 23m
Buy It Now for only: $299.99
1986 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Championship Ring
1986 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Championship Ring
$299.99
Time Remaining: 2d 13h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $299.99
Chicago Blackhawks 2013 Stanley Cup Champions Lucite/Acrylic Ring SGA Kane Toews
Chicago Blackhawks 2013 Stanley Cup Champions Lucite/Acrylic Ring SGA Kane Toews
$300.00
Time Remaining: 5d 21h 44m
Buy It Now for only: $300.00

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