August 10, 2011
Former Raiders punter and perennial Hall of Fame snub Ray Guy saw his three Super Bowl rings sell for $80,100 this week as part of a bankruptcy filing. The seven-time Pro Bowler was forced to sell the rings after filing for bankruptcy this spring.
An unnamed buyer purchased the rings from a Los Angeles auction house. The rings, from Super Bowl XI, XV and XVIII, contained 28, 35 and 23 diamonds, respectively. They were won during Guy's 14-year NFL career; the first two in Oakland and the final one in 1984 after the team moved to Los Angeles. Strangely, each ring was a different size, suggesting that, like a pair of pants, Super Bowl rings can run big or small.
When asked by the Augusta Chronicle about the sale, Guy declined to elaborate.
"I don't walk to talk about it," he said. "I'm not trying to be hateful, but sometimes you've got to do what you've got to do."
The average price of $26,500 per ring was on the lower side for recent sales of similar items, although the fact that Guy's were offered as a package had a clear effect on the overall price.
A Super Bowl II ring belonging to Green Bay Packers legend Fuzzy Thurston sold for more than $40,000 earlier this summer. Three years ago, William "The Refrigerator" Perry sold his Super Bowl XX ring for $27,000. It was returned to him earlier this year by a 10-year-old boy who thought the former Chicago Bears star would appreciate having it back.
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