Bill Barilko’s 1951 NHL Schaefer Player of the Week Cup Hits the Auction Block

A memorable piece of NHL history that once belonged to one of the greatest Toronto Maple Leafs who ever played.
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Oct. 17, 2008 - PRLog -- Toronto, ON, – Want to own the one-of-a-kind piece of hockey memorabilia that played a part in ensuring the Toronto Maple Leafs a Stanley Cup win in 1962? Bill Barilko’s authentic 1951 Player of the Week Schaefer Cup will be auctioned off beginning tonight, October 17, 2008 at 9 p.m. EST for a special 10-day auction on Barilko’s Schaefer Cup comes with a rich and mysterious history that will delight any fan upon hearing!

Barilko’s disappearance in 1951, four months after shooting the winning Stanley Cup goal against the Montreal Canadiens, had fueled many superstitions as to the Leafs inability to regain the Stanley Cup in the years after his disappearance. Many believed that the curse of Bill Barilko would not end until his body was found in the mountains where his plane, the Fairchild 24, had gone missing. As the news of his disappearance hit the media, the largest search-and-rescue operation in Canadian history took place. The Ontario Provincial Police and the Royal Canadian Air Force Rescue Coordination Centre began their formal search on August 29th, with headquarters set up at the little airport in Kapuskasing, a pulp-and-paper town on Highway 11 in the north. Barilko’s disappearance fueled many rumours about him disappearing to the Soviet Union to teach hockey as well as other variations of the same story but none rang true as Barilko’s body was discovered 11 years later on June 7, 1962. Garry Fields, a pilot with Lands and Forests discovered the remains of the Fairchild 24 and Barilko’s remains while flying on duty. Five weeks after the Toronto Maple Leafs broke their curse and won back the Stanley Cup.

The haunting story related to the Schaefer Cup makes it an invaluable addition to anyone’s history collection.  The cup is 1PT pewter cup, weighing 1.25lbs, was manufactured by Dunhill and made in England, and it is an original custom item - 1/1 very rare. This item comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and Guarantee under Auctionwire’s Seal of Authenticity.
This charity auction will benefit Helping Cope Through Hope a non-profit, non-partisan, voluntary Christian Outreach Organization established on June 11, 2005.

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