DETROIT (WWJ) — Who abandoned a collection of assorted sports cards that some are saying could be worth $1 million? That’s the mystery at the old Cadillac Stamping plant in Detroit.
Urban explorers discovered crates filled with Topps cards in mint condition from the 80s and 90s inside the now vacant warehouse this week that no one put a claim on.
John Hemmen of Florida says he knows who they belong to — his late uncle. He told WWJ Newsradio 950 that he helped put them there in the early 90s.
“I just saw the article on the internet and I was dumbfounded,” Hemmen said. “I was looking at pictures and I’m going, ‘god, I remember that building exactly how it was laid out.'”
Hemmen said his uncle gave him some of the cards with the same lot number after the move into the building when it was owned by the Ivan Doverspike Company.
“Mr. Doverspike had two antique cars up there that were up in the same caged-in area on the factory floor,” Hemmen said.
“I just recognized it and want to help his family,” Hemmen said. “If they give me a percentage or a reward that’s also great, but I’m not looking for anything. I just want property to be returned the rightful owners.”
By law, the cards belong to the building’s owner.