Illinois treasurer to auction unclaimed items at state fair

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Treasurer’s office plans to auction unclaimed property at this year’s Illinois State Fair.

Some items are rare and interesting. The office says it will have a rookie card of late Chicago Cubs star Ernie Banks, an 1856 flying eagle cent and an Elvis Presley concert stub. There’s also a Cartier watch and a pair of new 1997 Air Jordan shoes.

The office plans to auction 21,500 unclaimed items in 255 lots live on Aug. 20 at the fair. It’s the first time in a decade that the office is having an auction at the fair. The last live auction was in 2006.

Items are put up for auction after ten years of attempts to locate owners. The office has had three online auctions so far this year.