August 22, 2019

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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.

1902 1903 MONTREAL STANLEY CUP RING , POCKET WATCH  ,2 STICK PINS HOCKEY CHAMPS
1902 1903 MONTREAL STANLEY CUP RING , POCKET WATCH ,2 STICK PINS HOCKEY CHAMPS
$42,500.00
Time Remaining: 9d 42m
2003 NEW JERSEY DEVILS STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS CHAMPIONSHIP RING INTERGOLD STAFF
2003 NEW JERSEY DEVILS STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS CHAMPIONSHIP RING INTERGOLD STAFF
$8,500.00
Time Remaining: 25d 22h 56m
Buy It Now for only: $8,500.00
1972 Boston Bruins NHL World Champions Stanley Cup BOBBY ORR Ring 10K Gold
1972 Boston Bruins NHL World Champions Stanley Cup BOBBY ORR Ring 10K Gold
$5,099.15
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 2m
Buy It Now for only: $5,099.15
1992 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL
1992 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL "Stanley Cup" Champions 10K Gold Championship Ring!
$4,500.00
Time Remaining: 11d 22h 17m
Buy It Now for only: $4,500.00
Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup championship Gold Ring
Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup championship Gold Ring
$3,900.00
Time Remaining: 14h 2m
1967 Chicago Blackhawks NHL Champions 10K Gold Championship “Stanley Cup” Ring!!
1967 Chicago Blackhawks NHL Champions 10K Gold Championship “Stanley Cup” Ring!!
$3,500.00
Time Remaining: 11d 22h 36m
Buy It Now for only: $3,500.00
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: 29d 23h 42m
Buy It Now for only: $1,800.00
LA Kings 2012 Stanley Cup Ring Tiffany and Co 925 Silver REAL RING NOT FAKE
LA Kings 2012 Stanley Cup Ring Tiffany and Co 925 Silver REAL RING NOT FAKE
$800.00
Time Remaining: 28d 5h 42m
Buy It Now for only: $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: 23d 17h 41m
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: 30d 13h 21m
Buy It Now for only: $399.99
2018 Washington DC Capitals Stanley Cup Championship Ring
2018 Washington DC Capitals Stanley Cup Championship Ring
$389.99
Time Remaining: 11d 1h 43m
Buy It Now for only: $389.99
2017 Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Championship Rings Ring
2017 Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Championship Rings Ring
$359.99
Time Remaining: 1d 7h 25m
Buy It Now for only: $359.99

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