Stanley Cup rings of NY Islanders legend Mike Bossy sell for a staggering amount

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You can't put a price on winning a Stanley Cup ring, but you can put a price on selling one.

The 1980 and 1981 Stanley Cup rings of New York Islanders legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Bossy sold for record prices at the Winter Platinum Night Sports Auction last week, according to Heritage Auctions. The winning bids were $220,000 for the 1980 ring, the first of the Islanders dynasty, and $228,000 for the 1981 ring, the season in which Bossy scored 50 goals in 50 games.

After Bossy passed away of lung cancer in April 2022, he left memorabilia from his playing days and beyond to his two daughters Josiane and Tanya. Each had their father's blessing to do with what they thought was best with it. Tanya has kept her half, including the 1983 and 1984 Stanley Cup rings while Josiane chose to auction the items off to collectors and hockey fans that loved watching her father.

“As much as he was the best dad he could be, when I look at the hockey things, I think it really belongs to the people who love hockey and who love him for the hockey player he was,” Josiane told Newsday. “That’s why I thought it would be best to get it to fans or collectors or people that would see the value of it.”

Other items that were part of the auction included Bossy’s Canadian passport, game used sticks, his Hall of Fame Jacket and other novelty items such as mini trophies and personal items. Overall, there 144 total items as part of the "Bossy Collection." Per the Newsday article, the next-most-expensive following the championship rings was a1983-84 game-worn that sold for $49,200.