Mid-Summer Classic Auction 2013
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The 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning rolled through the regular season, finishing with 106 points, and earning the top seed in the Eastern Conference for the playoffs. In the first round the Lightning upended the Islanders in five games, then swept the Canadiens in Round Two. Tampa Bay would go on to skate past the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Finals in seven games, sending the Lightning on to face the Calgary Flames in the franchise’s first-ever Stanley Cup Finals. The series would go to seven games with each team winning two of their three games on the road. In a tense Game 7, the Lightning would narrowly win, 2-1, earning the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in just their 12th year of existence.
This magnificent Size 11, 14k white gold executive ring weighs 70 grams with an approximate total diamond weight of 3.6 carats. The top panel reads "STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS" in relief and features a casted image of the Stanley Cup emblazoned with approximately .60 carats of blue diamonds. The Stanley Cup is engraved “TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING” along with the lightning bolt logo encrusted with seven round-cut diamonds. Surrounding the face of the ring is a perimeter made up of 28 princess-cut diamonds. The right panel reads “TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING” in relief above a casted NHL logo with four round-cut diamonds. To the left and right are the logos of the four teams that Tampa Bay defeated on their way to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup, along with the record for each series. Below that is “2004” in relief, along with “1ST CHAMPIONSHIP.” The left panel reads “WICKETT” above a casted image of the Lightning’s Championship logo with two lightning bolts on each side above “PR” in relief. The inside of the ring is stamped “GOOD IS THE ENEMY OF GREAT”, “SAFE IS DEATH”, “JUNE 7 2004” and “INTERGOLD 14K.” The ring is in Nr-Mt condition and comes in a small felt pouch.