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Bryan Kennert faces sentencing in bogus $7.3M trading card case


Prosecutors say the sports card collection was supposedly filled with gems, including dozens of Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky rookie cards and vintage pieces featuring Hall of Fame baseball legends Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson.

The centerpiece was a rare, near-mint Babe Ruth card from 1916 when he pitched for the Boston Red Sox. A real card in that condition would be worth $4 million.

But federal agents say the cards were fake and included items in resealed wax packs, part of a fraud concocted by Muskegon-area resident Bryan Kennert, 57, who is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court Tuesday for perpetrating a fraud involving counterfeit cards. If real, the cards would have been worth $7.3 million, according to an expert valuation federal investigators obtained.

Court records, analysis by baseball card authenticators and a handwritten letter chronicle a life of crime that started more than 30 years ago, spread to China and ended in an antique mall near the shores of Lake Michigan. The documents also detail a federal investigation involving undercover agents, a hidden tracking device and victims who spent more than $43,000 on what they thought were rare vintage sports cards before discovering the truth.



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