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What Is the Melt Value of Major Sports Trophies?


What the World Cup, the Commissioners Trophy, and other major prizes are worth now.

Trophies, those holy grails of sports fans everywhere, are very rarely abused or, say, dropped under the wheel of a bus, never mind melted. But just for the sake of curiosity -- and potential publicity -- Cash4Gold two years ago decided to check out the melt value of several major championship awards. Let's say the Superbowl trophy was reduced to its basic material, stripped of its artistic or sentimental value, then what would it be worth?

This spring, with the price of metals reaching new highs, the company updated its 2009 results. Here's a look at the surprising new numbers.

The Stanley Cup, NHL Hockey

Skating to a victory in the NHL ends with the hoisting of the Stanley Cup, 35 pounds of silver, and heavy with emotional baggage. The trophy's estimated value in 2009 was $7,500. Today it's worth $23,478.
Larry O'Brien Trophy, NBA Basketball

The team that takes the NBA finals goes home with 16 pounds of sterling silver, overlaid with 24-karat gold. In 2009, its estimated value was a mere $3,500 -- chump change for basketball's stars. Now the Larry O'Brien is worth roughly $10,000.
Super Bowl Trophy, NFL Football

As everyone knows, it's the TV networks that walk away with the real Superbowl spoils. (NBC will televise the 2012 game.) But besides bragging rights, the reward for those who emerge as league winners is this seven-pound sterling silver trophy. Its estimated value in 2009? $1,450. Now it's worth $4,532.
Commissioner's Trophy, MLB Baseball

Perhaps the prettiest (at least the most delicate) of sports awards, Major League Baseball's Commissioner's Trophy is made of 30 pounds of sterling silver with a gold overlay. Its estimated value in 2009 was $7,750. Now it's worth much more: $18,615.
World Cup, FIFA Soccer

Coveted? We'd say so. Not only did the 2010 World Cup finale attract 700 million TV viewers around the world, its trophy is by far the most valuable by weight. The 11-pound, 18-karat trophy was worth $165,000 in 2009. Now it'd bring in a staggering $198,000.

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