Jacques Laperriere is a former Montreal Canadiens great. A Calder Trophy winner in 1964, he would later take home the Norris Trophy in 1966. Throughout his 12-year National Hockey League career, Laperriere would take home six Stanley Cup rings. He would later win two more as an assistant coach with the Canadiens.
Last fall, the Hockey Hall of Fame member put most -- okay, pretty much all -- of his prized hockey possessions up for auction; and if you had some extra cash between your couch cushions, you could have wound up with a piece of history.
Classic Auctions is a well-known auction house that has sold some of the most unique hockey memorabilia in years past from hockey legends such as King Clancy, Yvon Lambert, Gordie Howe and many more. Some of the highlights of the Laperriere auction:
• Four of his Stanley Cup rings were available, and the one from the 1992-93 Montreal Canadiens championship went for an astonishing $10,721. The ring features 24 diamonds (their number of Cup wins) within the Stanley Cup imprint on the ring. Jean Beliveau's ring as Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs from that same year went for an insane $27,086.90.
If you have $15K handy, Laperriere's ring from the '93 team is up on eBay as we speak.
• Talk about old school: His Calder and Norris Trophy plaques look like something that is on the discount shelf at Things Remembered. At least the foot tall trophies that accompanied each award look a bit nicer.
• When I say pretty much all of his prized hockey possessions were available, I mean all, including everything associated with his Hall induction in 1987. The HOF ring. Replica glass panel of the one that sits inside the Hall. Want to play "head on sticks" like Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon do on Pardon the Interruption? Then try and get your hands on Laperriere's HOF head shot.
Auctions of hallowed memorabilia of sporting legends happen all the time through various auction houses with some interesting items usually up for bid.
The high price tags on many of the items make them unavailable for most, but it's always fun to do a little window-shopping.
- Jacques Laperriere