March 05, 2010

Trail of the Stanley Cup

This is the ultimate must-have piece for any hockey book collector:

This three volume set is Charles Coleman's historical compendium called Trail of the Stanley Cup. Coleman thoroughly researched hockey history to compile the history the Stanley Cup from 1893 to 1967.

These leather bound volumes are worth hundreds of dollars, or more. There were 1,000 leather bound editions. They were never offered for sale but rather issued to key NHL players and VIPs. This particular issue of "Trail," #97 out of 1,000, belonged to Norm Ullman.

You can purchase this hot collectors item at It includes a scroll like label inside the front cover that reads "Presented to Norm Ullman with the compliments of the National Hockey League."

Previous offerings of Trail of the Stanley Cup have fetched as much as nearly $3,200!


Anonymous said...


Love the site, but the constant links to the auction site are getting annoying.


JourneyMan said...

I disagree - what an amazing resource to learn more about hockey history.

Unknown said...

I don't know how someone could gain control of the copyright or whatever would be needed, but this needs to be digitized and put online somehow. I would love to read these books, but for upwards of $1,000, it's too rich for my blood.

Joe Pelletier said...

Mass produced copies were later reproduced. Vancouver Public Library has 2 of the 3 volumes. I'm certain other libraries have it too. See if your local library can acquire it via Inter Library Loan.

Anonymous said...

This 3 volume set is the bible of NHL Stanley Cup hockey info! The leather bound, limited edition sets of which only 1500 sets were printed are worth every penny if you can find one.

Later on, additional standard copies were printed for public sale and library use but those too are very limited and sought after.
Good luck finding one of these also!

I found a limited edition copy of volume 3 on ebay for only $599.00.

Anonymous said...

Lelands has a set up for auction starting bid $300 us