Nearly nine years after the death of a Fayette County woman, five of her six children contend they never saw a penny of her $677,216 estate, and one is still looking for the $147,000 baseball card collection he stored at his mother’s Hopwood home.
Now one sibling faces criminal charges in the money’s disappearance and a civil lawusit in the missing 250,000 baseball cards, including rare ones for icons Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays.
...Michael Mehall discovered the 250,000-card collection missing when he was allowed into his mother’s house for the first time since her death in November 2007, according to the civil complaint.
On Monday, Michael Mehall said he began his collection as a child, picking up cards at flea markets and yard sales he visited with his mother.
“The really, really rare ones I just lucked into,” Michael Mehall said. “It does make me emotional, because of the sentiment attached.”
The collection included nine complete sets of Topps’ cards from the 1960s and 1970s and numerous individual cards for such baseball greats as Lou Gehrig, Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, Steve Garvey, Johnny Bench and Jackie Robinson, according to the civil complaint.
The oldest cards in the set dated to 1909 and included ones for Bill O’Hara and Tris Speaker that were valued at $6,000 each when the civil lawsuit was filed.
“I’m not in it for the money,” Michael Mehall said. “I just want this to pass on to my son. This was me growing up.”
Posted: November 20, 2012 at 03:33 PM | 14 comment(s)
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