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Post office loses $5,000 in hockey cards

March 8, 2010 at 2:28 PM

ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland, March 8 (UPI) -- A package containing 50 hockey cards valued at $5,000 disappeared in Canada's postal system and an official said "it's nowhere to be found."

Collector Joe Yetman told The (St. John's) Telegram he paid $32 to send a registered and insured parcel from his home in Newfoundland to another collector in Ontario who had purchased the cards through eBay.

Yetman sent them Jan. 2 from a postal sub-station, insured for $1,100. He said after 10 days the buyer told him they hadn't arrived.

Canada Post spokeswoman Genevieve Latour told the newspaper postal inspectors determined the bar-code had been collected for shipment, but disappeared from the system after that.

"We've done everything we could. It's nowhere to be found," Latour said.

Yetman was paid his $1,100 insurance claim, she said.

Yetman's now offering a $2,500 reward, hoping knowledgeable collectors will spot someone selling the cards of Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens hockey greats, the newspaper said.

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