LINCOLN — Silver coins, some gold jewelry and even trading cards of the “Dream Team” — the 1992 U.S. Olympic men's basketball — are among the unclaimed items the state plans to auction off this month on eBay.
The auction, of unclaimed goods left in safety deposit boxes, is allowed by state law every five years. Banks hold onto such items for five years before turning them over to the state, which then holds them for at least another five years before holding an auction.
State Treasurer Don Stenberg said the property is put on the electronic auction block only after various efforts to locate the rightful owners have failed.
“While we would like nothing better than to see these items back in the hands of their owners or their owners' heirs, we do not have the storage space to keep these items indefinitely and we would like to see them enjoyed and treasured by new owners,” Stenberg said.
Proceeds from the sale of each item, Stenberg said, are recorded in the original owner's name and are held in that name in perpetuity, or until it is claimed.
The auction will begin Monday and run for one week. Items range in value from $2 to $950, and include other collectable sports cards, collectable coins, silver dollars and pocket watches.
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