Oklahoma City — Gold coins, class rings, sports cards, jewelry and the list goes on. The Oklahoma State Treasurer’s Office is preparing for an unclaimed property auction. The belongings are collected from safe deposit boxes that were left at banks for more than five years.
The last auction was in 2008, right now there are 750 boxes full of unclaimed valuables and the office has to make room for more.
But State Treasurer Ken Miller said it’s not about just getting rid of abandoned belongings but also reconnecting families when possible. A scenario that played out a few years back with a famous Oklahoma family.
“There was a baseball signed by Mickey Mantel and Tom Sturdivant Jr. and it was signed to his grandson and that was a really neat find and we located Tom Sturdivant the third,” said Miller.
Items that families didn’t know were still around.
“It was a pretty emotional thing because their were also cards and family keepsakes in there that all impacted them.”
Miller continues, “We’re excited to put this out into the public domain and let people come see what they find of value and take home for a neat and unique Christmas present.”
You can actually take a look at some of the items before the auction next week. If you see something that belongs to you, there’s still time to claim it.
To take part in the auction on Wednesday, December 18th you must register on Tuesday, December 17th.
The auction takes place at 200 NW 114th street between 8:30 a.m and 4:30 p.m.