Letters from fans part of bankruptcy auction

Updated: April 20, 2005, 3:39 PM ET
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A Florida company has a 5-pound box of unopened mail sent by fans of the former Buccaneer, The Tampa Tribune reported in Wednesday's editions.

Kincaid Auction Co. will sell materials from PSC Collectibles, a sports memorabilia distributor that filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The auctioneers are checking whether they can legally sell the letters.

"Of course, under our license, we can't do anything that's against the law," Randy Kincaid told the paper. "But we feel quite certain that [the box of fan mail addressed to Sapp] is legitimately owned by the party we got it from."

Kenny Lindsay, president of American Eagle Auction & Appraisal Co. in Livonia, Mich., looked at the inventory.

"It's a bittersweet find simply because you feel bad for the fans who took the time to write Mr. Sapp and got nothing in return," Lindsay told the Tribune. "On the other hand, this is a spectacular and one-of-a-kind collection for the sports memorabilia enthusiast.

"It took me a minute to comprehend exactly what I was looking at," Kincaid added. "... All the mail is dated from 2001, when Sapp played with the Bucs."

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