A 10-by-10 storage unit a Michigan man won with a bid of a mere $450 contained some unusual and valuable surprises at a Far South Side auction last week.
Late Cook County Board President John Stroger apparently was the previous owner of many of the unit's more valuable contents, including two replica Chicago Bulls championship rings, gavels and autographed photos of sports celebrities in addition to awards and photos of both Stroger and his son and fellow former Cook County Board President Todd, CBS Chicago reports.
Chris Amer, a "storage hunter," told CBS that not many people were bidding on the locker at Metro Self Storage at 87th and Dobson. The unit was put up for sale after its rental fees went unpaid.
Amer, his business partner Warnell Dickson and the other potential bidders only had about a minute to take a gander at the unit, ABC Chicago reports.
After they discovered what he'd won, Amer exclaimed that he'd "hit a treasure," according to the Chicago Tribune. The men have hired an appraisal company to help them authenticate the items.
The men have reportedly been in touch with Todd Stroger about the unit's contents and Stroger "wanted some of his stuff back," the Tribune reports.
Stroger died in 2008 after suffering a major stroke after he won the Democratic primary in his campaign for a fourth term as county president. Todd Stroger, a former Chicago alderman, served one term as county president before being soundly defeated in the Democratic primary by Toni Preckwinkle in 2010. The transition between the younger Stroger and Preckwinkle was a tad bumpy, to say the least.