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    Second only to the Gold Medal in significance

    1980 "Miracle on Ice" U.S. Olympic Gold Medal Hockey Ring Presented to Dave Christian. It is widely and properly considered the greatest moment in American sports history, the ultimate underdog victory set against the backdrop of Cold War politics. Heritage has been enormously privileged to offer some of the most significant articles of memorabilia ever to emerge from the Miracle on Ice, including the personal collection of team captain Mike Eruzione and the Gold Medals earned by both Mark Wells and Mark Pavelich. This Platinum Night event features the Lake Placid treasure trove of star forward Dave Christian. After the Gold Medal itself, the player ring is considered the most desirable hardware that exists from this storybook event.

    The ten karat (10k) yellow gold prize features five real diamonds set in a blue stone on the face, encircled by raised text reading "USA Olympic Hockey Gold Medalist." Left shank holds Christian's surname and jersey number, framing the logos of the Lake Placid Games. The right shank features hockey iconography, the year "1980," and the final scores of the USSR semifinal and Finland final matches. The interior band is engraved with the scores and opponents in the earlier rounds of Olympic competition and a scripted "Miracle on Ice." Stamping of "Balfour 10K" is here as well. Band measures to a size ten (10). Flawless condition. Letter of provenance from Dave Christian.

    The Bill and Dave Christian Collection

    It's often said that lightning never strikes twice, but the tale of the Christian family belies that axiom. Both father and son were key figures in two of the most dramatic and glorious underdog tales in the history of American athletics, as members of the United States Olympic Ice Hockey teams of 1960 and 1980. While the latter has become a universally recognized part of our patriotic national folklore under the heading, "The Miracle on Ice," far fewer are aware that the rag-tag band of Davids that slew the Soviet Goliath at Lake Placid was, in point of fact, a sequel to a tale of equivalent improbability and intrigue.

    Two decades before son Dave and his 1980 teammates were celebrated as American heroes of Cold War athletics, father Bill Christian, along with his brother Roger, helped the United States claim the top step of the Olympic hockey podium, a climb at Squaw Valley arguably even more arduous than that of the subsequent edition. While both father and son defied the odds to topple the USSR, only the former was required to defeat all four of the top seeds-Canada, Czechoslovakia and Sweden-en route to Gold.

    After the success of partnerships between Heritage Auctions and several key figures of the "Miracle" team-Mike Eruzione, Phil Verchota and the family of deceased Hall of Fame coach Herb Brooks among them-the Christians have employed our services to present their own Olympic treasures to the collecting community. Each lot will be accompanied by a letter of provenance from the applicable member of this elite Olympic genetic line.


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    Auction Dates
    February, 2016
    20th-21st Saturday-Sunday
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