Lot 3070: This 1980 'Miracle on Ice' Winter Games bronze winners medal was presented to Swedish hockey player Bo Berglund. Medal is a very large 80 mm in diameter and weighs approximately 180 grams. The medal's edge is stamped with "Tiffany & Co. Bronze ©1979." One side of the medal features a raised image of a hand holding the Olympic torch against a mountain backdrop, with the Olympic rings and "XIII Olympic Winter Games," in raised letters. Reverse bears a fir tree and pine cone design, with "Lake Placid 1980," in raised letters, and engraved underneath, "Ice Hockey, Bo Berglund." Complete with original blue and white ribbon and handsome navy leather Tiffany presentation box. This medal is seldom available, especially with the official presentation case.
Bo Berglund was a standout player in the Swedish League and won bronze medals in both the 1980 and 1988 Games, tallying one goal and three assists during the Games at Lake Placid. Originally drafted by the Boston Bruins, Berglund would spend parts of three seasons with Quebec, Minnesota, and Philadelphia. Medals from the 1980 Winter Olympic Games are quite rare, as only 73 bronze were presented, and coupled with its relation to the 'Miracle on Ice' performance of the US Hockey Team, widely regarded as the greatest sports triumph of the 20th century, this medal is elevated to an elite status for collectors. An ice hockey medal from the iconic 1980 'Miracle on Ice' Olympiad is a prize any advanced Olympic collector would aspire to own.
RR Auction's Olympic Memorabilia Auction 468
Thursday, 21st January 2016
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