Man sues his mother over dear baseball playing cards


A Manhattan man is doing what each American male has in all probability contemplated — suing his mommy over the lack of invaluable baseball playing cards.

Christopher Trencher mentioned the playing cards — a 1953 Topps Ralph Kiner and a 1953 Topps Satchel Paige — are value greater than $25,000, if his mother, Carol Ivanick, hasn’t broken them.

Ivanick, now 82, allegedly purchased Trencher the playing cards as a present within the mid Eighties, however has refused handy them over regardless of his repeated requests, he claimed in his Manhattan Supreme Court submitting.

The playing cards are “rare and irreplaceable,” Trencher, 55, a high backgammon participant, mentioned in his litigation.

The mother was as befuddled by the authorized motion as a batter attempting to hit a Jacob De Grom slider.

Chris TrencherChris Trencher, above, can be a high backgammon participant.

“Are you serious? He filed a case against me in Manhattan Supreme Court?” mentioned the incredulous Ivanick, a lawyer and mother of three, when The Post requested in regards to the allegations.

Ivanick insisted her son gave the playing cards to her as a present within the mid- Nineties.

“I was a big fan of Satchel Paige. I’m in my 80s and still enjoying them,” she mentioned of the playing cards, noting she retains them in protecting acrylic holders, locked in a protected and takes them out to have a look at them each few weeks.

“I was very pleased he was including me in his hobby, and Satchel Paige was an iconic figure for me.”

Hall of Fame pitcher Paige was the first African-American to pitch in the World Series; Kiner, a Hall of Famer slugger who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was a beloved broadcaster for the New York Mets.

If the playing cards are in “gem mint” condition, they are often value $30,000, mentioned Chris Ivy, director of sports activities for Heritage Auctions.

Of practically 3,300 Topps Satchel Paige playing cards from 1953 graded for public sale, solely eight have been discovered to have that stage of high quality, he famous.

Ralph Kiner Topps baseball card.One of the playing cards is a 1953 Ralph Kiner.

Like numerous different child collectors, Trencher stored baseball playing cards at his mother’s home for years, however in contrast to many, “he came and got them all,” she mentioned.

She known as the authorized motion “very sad.”

The other card is of Satchell Paige.The different card is of Satchell Paige.

“I want to enjoy them with whatever years I have left. I’m 82 years old, they are definitely mine, he gave them to me,” she mentioned.

Ivanick mentioned she hasn’t spoken to her son or his household in a few years after a falling-out she refused to element.

“They banished me from the family a while back. They won’t let me see my grandchildren, won’t let me see anybody there,” she mentioned.

“I guess he’s decided this is the way to get the money for himself,” mentioned Ivanick, who mentioned she’s already written the Kiner and Paige playing cards into her will as a bequest for Trencher’s kids.

Trencher, who refused to remark, needs a decide to power his mother handy over the playing cards or pay what he says they’re value: $25,000.

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