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Pa. Treasury has unclaimed Eagles memorabilia: Is it yours?

Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer

Updated: Monday, January 29, 2018, 2:09 PM

Pennsylvania Treasury’s Bureau of Unclaimed Property holds trading cards, ticket stubs, and other memorabilia in its coffers — waiting to be matched up with rightful owners.

Unclaimed Eagles tickets?

Just days away from the Super Bowl, Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella said Monday that the Bureau of Unclaimed Property holds many pieces of Philadelphia Eagles memorabilia — including trading cards, posters, and past-game ticket stubs. Still, these items may be worth something.

“Treasury seeks to reunite these items with their rightful owners before the Eagles face off with the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52,” Torsella said.

“A ticket stub from Game One of the 2009 NFL Preseason — Eagles vs. Patriots — is sitting in the Treasury vault awaiting its owner, along with window decals using a vintage-style Eagles logo,” he added.

Why the update from the Treasury vaults?

“This is an exciting time for Eagles fans,” said Torsella. “For 85 years, fans have collected, cherished, and passed down Eagles memorabilia. Over the past year, Treasury has stepped up our efforts to get unclaimed property back where it belongs: in your hands, not ours.”

Unclaimed property is any financial asset that has gone unclaimed for a period of time, usually three years. Under Pennsylvania law, businesses are required to report this to Treasury.

Each year, Treasury receives millions of dollars in unclaimed property — items including abandoned bank accounts, retirement accounts, forgotten stocks, uncashed checks, and contents of safety deposit boxes.

The property remains available for claim by the owners or their heirs in perpetuity and Treasury serves as the custodian until it can find and verify the rightful legal owner. Torsella announced earlier this month that Treasury returned more than $254 million in unclaimed property to Pennsylvanians in 2017, a 34 percent increase from 2016.

If you think you may have Eagles football property in their vaults, claim your property by searching the Treasury’s website: patreasury.gov/unclaimed-property. Enter your business name or your first and last name as an individual to start the search. Or, call the Treasury’s Bureau of Unclaimed Property at 1-800-222-2046.

$100 Super Bowl tickets

Eagles madness has made ticket-holders the envy of everyone in Greater Philadelphia. Support Center for Child Advocates, an agency that pairs lawyers and social service advocates with abused children, offered two pairs of Super Bowl 2018 tickets at its annual benefit auction back in April 2017.

One pair went in a raffle — at cost of just $100 — and the second pair went up for a live auction and sold for $2,750.

“Who could have predicted that the Eagles would win the playoffs?” said Frank Cervone, executive director at Support Center for Child Advocates, which provides legal assistance and social service advocacy for abused and neglected children in the Philadelphia County.

Soodabeh Jaffari and Mark Pasierb were the highest bidders at the charity auction. Tami Levin bought the winning raffle ticket.

Mark Pasierb, president of Pitcairn Properties, had won a pair of 2017 tickets at the Child Advocates auction the prior year, and traveled to Houston to see the Patriots beat the Falcons.

“That was a great game and was thrilled to be at the Super Bowl, but this year, I hope to see the Patriots lose,” said Pasierb. “Go Eagles!”

Levin, former director of victim services at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, bought a raffle ticket “because I wanted to support this amazing agency in a small way. I can’t believe I won!”

The two pairs of tickets were donated to Child Advocates last year. Their next event is the upcoming benefit auction on April 18. For event information, visit https://sccalaw.org/upcoming_events.

Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer

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