October 25, 2014

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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 New York Islanders Stanley Cup Championship 10k Ring PSA DNA Authenticated
1982 New York Islanders Stanley Cup Championship 10k Ring PSA DNA Authenticated
$5,500.00
Time Remaining: 9d 18h 20m
Buy It Now for only: $5,500.00
1991 & 92 Mario Lemieux Replica Stanley Cup Rings Pittsburgh Penguins A+ Quality
1991 & 92 Mario Lemieux Replica Stanley Cup Rings Pittsburgh Penguins A+ Quality
$675.00
Time Remaining: 28d 15h 31m
Buy It Now for only: $675.00
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: 11d 3h 9m
Buy It Now for only: $600.00
Chicago Blackhawks 2013 Stanley Cup Champions Lucite/Acrylic Ring SGA Kane Toews
Chicago Blackhawks 2013 Stanley Cup Champions Lucite/Acrylic Ring SGA Kane Toews
$599.99
Time Remaining: 15d 6h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $599.99
1986 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Championship Ring
1986 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Championship Ring
$479.00
Time Remaining: 24d 4h 1m
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: 23d 10h 1m
Buy It Now for only: $449.99
 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS STANLEY CUP LUCITE  RING CUBE+STAND
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS STANLEY CUP LUCITE RING CUBE+STAND
$425.00
Time Remaining: 20d 3h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $425.00
Drew Doughty signed jersey with COA&HOLO+ LA KINGS 2014 stanley cup REPLICA RING
Drew Doughty signed jersey with COA&HOLO+ LA KINGS 2014 stanley cup REPLICA RING
$311.80
Time Remaining: 2d 11h 34m
Buy It Now for only: $579.06
1986 Patrick Roy Stanley Cup Ring Replica Montreal Canadiens
1986 Patrick Roy Stanley Cup Ring Replica Montreal Canadiens
$299.00
Time Remaining: 25d 15h 5m
Buy It Now for only: $299.00
1986 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Championship Ring
1986 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Championship Ring
$299.99
Time Remaining: 9d 3h 7m
Buy It Now for only: $299.99
Los Angeles Kings  2014 Stanley Cup Championship Ring PRE-ORDER
Los Angeles Kings 2014 Stanley Cup Championship Ring PRE-ORDER
$279.00
Time Remaining: 1d 18h 30m
Buy It Now for only: $279.00
New York Rangers 1994 Stanley Cup Champions DVD Ring Shirt Jacket Hat NHL Hockey
New York Rangers 1994 Stanley Cup Champions DVD Ring Shirt Jacket Hat NHL Hockey
$290.00
Time Remaining: 3d 4h 48m
Buy It Now for only: $290.00

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