A West Virginia man is suing his sister for a missing card collection that reportedly contained more than 250,000 cards and was worth as much as $147,000.

The collection includes lots of rare items, including cards of Lou Gehrig, Roberto Clemente and Jackie Robinson. Mehall said he also had several cards that were more than 100 years old and valued at $6,000 each.

Michael Mehall of Scottdale, West Virginia, says his sister, Marlene Wesolowsky, stole the card collection that had been stored at the house of their mother after she passed away in 2004.

"I’m not in it for the money," Mehall told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I just want this to pass on to my son. This was me growing up."

The Tribune-Review obtained court records which indicated that Wesolowsky, through an attorney, denied she ever had possession of the baseball card collection.

Wesolowsky, who served as executrix for the estate of her mother, also faces criminal charges after her five siblings claimed the money from their mother's $677,216 estate was not distributed properly.

(H/T to Off the Bench)

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Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim is known for his fierce competitive drive and loyalty to Syracuse, and his efforts paid off with an NCAA championship in 2003 after years of having teams fall just short of the title. Color Him Orange: The Jim Boeheim Story examines the people who shaped him as an individual and a coach and the great players he has led, including Pearl Washington, whose decision to go to Syracuse was a pivotal moment in the program's leap to the nation's elite.

The most significant victory for Syracuse basketball during the '82–83 season would be scored away from the court. On February 20, 1983, during a halftime interview of a nationally televised game between St. John's and DePaul, Dwayne "Pearl" Washington told CBS commentator Al McGuire that he would be attending Syracuse. "I can't underscore how big a moment that was for our program," Boeheim said. "I believe at that point we officially went from being an Eastern program to a national program. Everybody knew who the Pearl was. I'd get off of a plane in L.A. and somebody would say, 'There's Pearl's coach.'" He was the guy who opened the door for us and enabled us to land recruits not just from the East Coast or the Midwest but from the entire country."

Boeheim was right about the Pied Piper impact Washington would have on SU's recruiting and the fact that his legend was already well established before he ever set foot on the hardwood court beneath the Dome. The chunky, 6'2" guard with the wicked cross-over dribble and the deceptive Globetrotter-like moves had been electrifying fans and demoralizing defenders for years on the asphalt, bent-rimmed playgrounds of New York City. His hoop dream began as a four-year- old in Brownsville -- a section of Brooklyn that one writer said "looks like bombed-out London during World War II." Even though his talent was evident right away, Washington didn't enjoy playing the game at first. "My older brother, Beaver, really is the only reason I kept at it," he said. "He told me he was going to beat me up if I didn't stay with it. He told me I had this gift, and he wasn't going to let me squander it. Looking back, I'm glad that he threatened me that way because he saw something in me that I was too young to notice, when it came to basketball."

By age 10, Washington was playing against and dribbling past the likes of NBA stars World B. Free and Sly Williams in pickup games. Beaver Washington said he recalls scrimmages on the courts at King Towers in Harlem where the crowds were so big that some people had to climb trees or head to the roofs of nearby tenements to catch a glimpse of the young basketball magician. His mounting legion of fans already were calling him "Pearl" because his nifty moves were reminiscent of Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, the former Big Apple basketball legend who had entertained many on these same courts before becoming an NBA star with the Baltimore Bullets and the New York Knicks. Somealso referred to Washington as "Black Magic" and "Pac Man," after a popular video game of the day in which you attempted to gobble up as many dots and ghosts as possible.

If there was a weakness in Pearl's game, it was his outside shooting. But his ability to penetrate against virtually any defense more than made up for those deficiencies. In an effort to force Washington to work on his jumper, Boys and Girls High School coach Paul Brown would occasionally put seven men on defense in practices. It didn't matter. Pearl still found a way to get to the basket. "Dwayne can't be stopped when he has it in his mind to score," Brown said, sighing. "He shoots layups against seven-man zones."

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