A search for donated memorabilia

Seven On Your Side
August 10, 2009 2:51:22 PM PDT
It was billed as the first sports museum that housed all sports in the United States. But it went bankrupt early last spring. That left a line of teams and players who loaned memorabilia thrown for a loss, including the owner of the New York's first female football team. "I played until 2005, I've retired and I am the owner," Andra Douglas said.

Last year, when the Sports Museum of America opened, Andra donated a jersey from her New York Sharks team that won the first professional championship.

"We loaned it," Andra said.

She even signed a loan agreement. But early last spring, the museum went bankrupt, and Andra waited months to hear the status of her jersey. Then, she says she was told she might have to pay to get her artifact back.

"This was on loan as a nice gesture, and then I was told perhaps I would have to pay $1,500 to get the jersey back," she said.

Months ago, Seven On Your Side started slugging it out, trying to find the jersey. We did locate the contents of the museum, which has all been moved to a warehouse in New Jersey.

No one at the warehouse would comment on the museum contents. But after constant calls, a curator started looking for Andra's jersey and catalogued all the other memorabilia.

But after the search was over, there was good news for others - the memorabilia will go back to its original owners, free of charge. But not for Andra. They couldn't find her jersey. It appears to have been lost.

Andra will have to put in an insurance claim. She says the face value of the jersey is only a few hundred dollars, but insurance will not cover the sentimental value, which is priceless.

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