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Bogus ’84 Cup ring sold

EDMONTON (CP) — Someone has paid more than US$10,000 to buy Peter Pocklington’s 1984 Stanley Cup ring on the Internet, but the former owner of the Edmonton Oilers says it isn’t the real thing.

That’s tucked away at his home in California, Pocklington said in a telephone interview Sunday.

Lelands.com sold a ring touted as Pocklington’s original championship ring — complete with a letter of authenticity — to an unknown buyer after bidding on the item closed Dec. 5, according to the well-known sports auction website.

But Pocklington said the ring auctioned by Leland’s is probably one he had made for his late father that was later sold to a private collector as part of a package of items.

“I had given a couple of rings to [my father] and he gave them back, and I think I put one of them in a deal,” he said. “So probably that’s what it is. It’s probably being resold to somebody.”

Pocklington said he would never sell any of his own Stanley Cup rings from 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1990.

“Too many memories attached,” he said.

The auction house website described the bauble, which has the name Pocklington engraved, as “the original 14-karat gold Stanley Cup championship ring presented to Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington.”

A spokesman for Leland’s could not be reached for comment.



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