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Lot # 1088 (of 1389)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1972-1979 WHA Hockey Ring

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $600

Rare ring issued by the short-lived World Hockey Association. The design of the 10K gold ring features a red stone on the front, below which are the initials "WHA" flanked by a hockey stick on each side. The lettering around the bezel reads "World Hockey Association." One shank features the WHA logo and is lettered "World Hockey Association." The other shank displays the recipient's last name "Evans," below which is a triangular shield displaying hockey items, including skates and a puck. The initials "J E" are engraved on the interior band, as is "10k" and the name of the manufacturer, "Jonsil."

The World Hockey Association was formed in 1972 as a professional rival to the more established National Hockey League and lasted eight years before folding in June 1979. This ring does not commemorate a championship and was probably worn by players and executives as a public display of allegiance to the new league. There was no player named Evans in the WHA, so we can only assume that the offered ring was issued to a team executive during that time. While we have no information regarding how many WHA rings were produced during the league's short existence, the fact that we have seen only a few other examples seems to indicate that the number was very modest. As such, this is an extremely rare, substantial, and elite souvenir from the WHA, a league for which very little memorabilia has survived. The ring displays light wear and remains in Near Mint condition. Size: approximately 10. Weight: 25 grams.


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