September 28, 2016

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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.

AUTHENTIC 2009 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP DIAMOND RING
AUTHENTIC 2009 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP DIAMOND RING
$14,999.00
Time Remaining: 4d 3h 16m
Buy It Now for only: $14,999.00
2003-04 NHL Tampa Bay Stanley Cup Champ Ring 14k Gold/Diamonds PSA Guarantee
2003-04 NHL Tampa Bay Stanley Cup Champ Ring 14k Gold/Diamonds PSA Guarantee
$4,000.00
Time Remaining: 13d 16h 41m
Buy It Now for only: $4,000.00
1996 COLORADO AVALANCHE 10K GOLD & DIAMOND NHL STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP RING
1996 COLORADO AVALANCHE 10K GOLD & DIAMOND NHL STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP RING
$1,199.99
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 58m
Buy It Now for only: $1,199.99
Make an offer! Large Molson Stanley Cup Ring display collectors edition. Sealed
Make an offer! Large Molson Stanley Cup Ring display collectors edition. Sealed
$678.16
Time Remaining: 19h 19m
Buy It Now for only: $678.16
VERY LIMITED EDITION! ~ 2016 MOLSON CANADIAN FACTORY FRAMED STANLEY CUP RING SET
VERY LIMITED EDITION! ~ 2016 MOLSON CANADIAN FACTORY FRAMED STANLEY CUP RING SET
$599.95
Time Remaining: 9d 18h
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
$600.00
Time Remaining: 19d 14h 48m
Buy It Now for only: $600.00
Extremely Rare 1940s Beehive Premium Hockey Stanley Cup Ring Ted Teeder Kennedy
Extremely Rare 1940s Beehive Premium Hockey Stanley Cup Ring Ted Teeder Kennedy
$450.00
Time Remaining: 23d 21h 43m
Buy It Now for only: $450.00
2016 MOLSON STANLEY CUP RINGS SET Factory FRAMED
2016 MOLSON STANLEY CUP RINGS SET Factory FRAMED
$414.89
Time Remaining: 6d 21h 49m
Buy It Now for only: $414.89
Molson Canadian Replica Stanley Cup Commemorative Rings - Full Set of 20 Rings
Molson Canadian Replica Stanley Cup Commemorative Rings - Full Set of 20 Rings
$349.95
Time Remaining: 26d 3h 53m
Buy It Now for only: $349.95
2015 Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Championship Rings Ring
2015 Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Championship Rings Ring
$359.99
Time Remaining: 7d 17h 27m
Buy It Now for only: $359.99
Stanley cup replica ring very big lot
Stanley cup replica ring very big lot
$324.36
Time Remaining: 1d 19h 20m
Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Champions Rings and Pendant Set of 4
Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Champions Rings and Pendant Set of 4
$333.00
Time Remaining: 4d 21h 32m
Buy It Now for only: $333.00

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