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01-19-2006, 05:23 PM

Secret treasure
Classic baseball cards found in dead man's home

BOSTON (AP) -- Police were called to guard the condemned home of a reclusive man whose death led to the discovery of a valuable collection of vintage sports cards.

The collection, stored in 400 to 500 boxes in John F. Hessian's home in Boston's Roslindale section, included cards of such long-ago baseball stars as Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente. Hessian also had football and hockey cards dating to the 1940s in a collection police estimate could be worth up to $1 million.

This is like Fort Knox inside," said Michael Wiseman of Aftermath Cleaning Co., which was hired to tear through piles of trash 6-feet high to reach the cards.

Hessian, 83, lived alone in the home his entire life, until a neighbor discovered him dead there on Jan. 2.

Four truckloads of the cards were removed from the house last week. Hessian also had some valuable cards stored in a safe deposit box in an unknown location.

Hessian is survived by two cousins who are left to hunt for a will or determine who inherits the card collection.

01-19-2006, 06:46 PM
Those cousins should "flip cards" and see who wins


Caveat Emperor
01-19-2006, 08:42 PM
Unfortuantely, the will hasn't been updated in a long while:

"To my cousin Joe, I bequeth my baseball card collection, on the condition that he only use the cards in the spokes of his bicycle wheels"

01-19-2006, 08:58 PM
I'd love to go thru that collection, just to see it.

01-19-2006, 09:31 PM
I'd love to go thru that collection, just to see it.
Same, 4 truck loads? Wowza.

01-19-2006, 10:54 PM
I love my card collection, but if I ever find myself living in those conditions, them babies is going on ebay.

01-20-2006, 06:56 AM

01-20-2006, 07:15 AM
what exactly IS the location of this unknown location where the more valuable cards are being stored. just kinda curious for no reason in particular

01-20-2006, 08:25 AM
Wow! is all I can say. Like many ecentrics, he didn't enjoy what he had and now some cousins, he never knew, will profit from it.

01-20-2006, 07:47 PM
Think if I changed my name to HessiansOfSummer I could fool them?