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    Second only to the Gold Medal itself in collecting appeal

    1980 "Miracle on Ice" Olympic Hockey Ring Presented to Mark Pavelich. 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, the latter of whom likewise consigned the presented symbol of achievement to this Platinum Night auction. After the Gold Medal itself (Pavelich's commanded $262,900 in our May 2014 Signature Auction), the player ring is considered the most desirable hardware that exists from this storybook event.

    The ten karat 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 Pavelich'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 eleven and a half. Flawless condition. Letter of provenance from Mark Pavelich.

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    Jul-Aug, 2014
    31st-1st Thursday-Friday
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