History for sale

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:27 AM ET

The 1948 Grey Cup ring once owned by Calgary Stampeders lineman Dave Tomlinson is for sale on eBay.

According to former Stampeders teammate Harry Langford, the ring is one of a dozen presented in 1998 to each of the surviving members of the club's first championship squad.

"I tell you that Grey Cup ring is probably worth 10 times what he made playing in those days," said Langford, a Stampeder for 10 seasons who played with Tomlinson in 1954.

"In 1948 they didn't get rings but they had the 50th reunion in Calgary in 1998 and they were given the rings then, so this ring isn't that old.

"Those were the rings they got and there were only 12 players left from the '48 team."

Langford said Tomlinson passed away a couple of years ago after suffering from a lengthy illness.

A lineman who played both ways, Tomlinson and the 1948 outfit knocked off Ottawa 12-7 in the Grey Cup game after going undefeated (12-0) through the regular season before defeating Regina in the West final.

That championship contest also kicked off the Grey Cup party tradition, with hundreds of Stampeders fans riding the train from Calgary to Toronto for a week long party.

Tomlinson played three seasons in Calgary (1947-48, 54) in addition to a CFL stint with the Montreal Alouettes.

"He lived in North Vancouver for 15 years or so," Langford said. "He was from Calgary originally but I don't know if he still has family left there."

The eBay seller claims the ring is 10K gold and in excellent condition, calling it "historically a very important piece of the CFL."

The highest bid as of last night was $660 US. The ring is being sold by an Ontario-based memorabilia collector. Bids close May 24.


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