Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Man Who Says USPS Lost Valuable Cards

­­­­­­­­­­A Michigan car salesman who went to federal court claiming the U.S. Postal Service lost a collection of vintage baseball cards has lost his appeal.

Anthony Johnson claimed a woman staying at his home stole the cards and some expensive jewelry in 2009 and shipped them in two boxes to an address in California.  legal scalesJohnson alerted authorities before the box arrived and postal service officials intercepted it.

One of the packages alerted a drug-sniffing dog. The contents of that package were forfeited to the government and were the subject of a separate case. The second intercepted package was also searched and held by the USPS.

However, Johnson claims the package that wasn’t seized containing high grade 1951 Bowman and 1952 Topps cards of Mickey Mantle, a 1938 Joe DiMaggio and others.  After Johnson requested its return, it was sent to a postal facility in Atlanta where it sat for about 18 months.  When the package returned to Detroit, Johnson says the cards and jewelry were missing.  Since the woman Johnson says stole the items was the shipper, Johnson says he wasn’t able to insure the packagae.

This week, the federal  appeals court upheld a district court ruling that the Postal Service had immunity in the case.