June 24, 2011 / 8:29 PM / 7 years ago

Former Packer Thurston's Super Bowl ring up for auction

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Former Green Bay Packer lineman Frederick “Fuzzy” Thurston’s Super Bowl II ring is being auctioned off to help satisfy a decades-old tax case, an auction official said Friday.

The ring will be sold by Heritage Auctions at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Rosemont, Illinois, August 4, according to Chris Ivy, director of sports auctions at Heritage.

A federal court in Wisconsin has ordered the sale of all Thurston’s championship rings with the Packers, including the two Super Bowls, and NFL championships in 1958, 1961, 1962 and 1965, as well as a gold watch and other historic sports memorabilia. Ivy said Heritage has just one of the rings.

Thurston, who retired from the NFL in 1967, owes more than $1.7 million in back taxes and interest, according to court documents.

The Super Bowl ring is expected to receive offers of more than $20,000 and potentially much higher, based on what Super Bowl rings of former Packers have fetched at auction, Ivy said.

Writing and reporting by John Rondy; Additional reporting by Royce Strahan; Editing by Mary Wisniewski and Greg McCune

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