Husband sues his mother for expensive baseball cards

A man from Manhattan is doing what every American man has probably considered – suing his mother for the loss of valuable baseball cards.

Christopher Trencher said the cards – a 1953 Topps Ralph Kiner and a 1953 Topps Satchel Paige – are worth more than $ 25,000 if his mother, Carol Ivanick, has not damaged them.

Ivanick, now 82, allegedly bought the Trencher cards as a gift in the mid-1980s, but has refused to hand them over despite his repeated requests, he claimed in his case before the Supreme Court in Manhattan.

The cards are “rare and irreplaceable,” Trencher, 55, a top backgammon player, said in his lawsuit.

The mother was just as confused about the trial as a dough trying to hit a Jacob De Grom shooter.

Chris Trencher
Chris Trencher, above, is also a top backgammon player.

“Are you serious? He sued me at the Manhattan Supreme Court?” said the infidel Ivanick, a lawyer and mother of three, when asked by The Post about the allegations.

Ivanick insisted that her son give the cards to her as a gift in the mid-1990s.

“I was a big fan of Satchel Paige. I’m in my 80s and still enjoy them,” she said of the cards, noting that she keeps them in protective acrylic holders, locked inside a safe and takes them out to see on them every few weeks.

“I was very happy that he included me in his hobby, and Satchel Paige was an iconic figure to me.”

Hall of Fame kande Paige was the first African-American to pitch in the World Series; Kiner, a Hall of Famer slugger who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was a beloved broadcaster for the New York Mets.

If the cards are in “pearl mint” condition, they could be worth $ 30,000, said Chris Ivy, sporting director of Heritage Auctions.

Out of nearly 3,300 Topps Satchel Paige cards from 1953 that were classified for auction, only eight have been shown to have that quality level, he noted.

Ralph Kiner Topps baseball card.
One of the cards is a 1953 Ralph Kiner.

Like countless other children’s collectors, Trencher kept baseball cards at his mother’s home for years, but unlike many, “he came and got them all,” she said.

She called the case “very sad.”

The second card is by Satchell Paige.
The second card is by Satchell Paige.

“I will enjoy them with the years I have left. I am 82 years old, they are definitely mine, he gave them to me,” she said.

Ivanick said she has not spoken to her son or his family for a few years after an altercation she declined to comment on.

“They banished me from the family for a while back. They will not let me see my grandchildren, will not let me see anyone there,” she said.

“I suppose he has decided that this is the way to get the money for himself,” said Ivanick, who said she has already written the Kiner and Paige cards into her will as a scholarship to Trencher’s children.

Trencher, who declined to comment, wants a judge to force his mother to hand over the cards or pay what he says they are worth: $ 25,000.


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