Last week, near a pond on her property, Sue Waites discovered the items, which include a commemorative watch from the 1993 Sugar Bowl (Alabama beat the Miami Hurricanes that year) and several autographed footballs.
Among the signatures on the balls were Johnny Musso (All-American running back, 1971), Bobby Humphrey (1986 and 1987, went on to play in Super Bowl XXIV with the Denver Broncos), and a game ball signed by the entire team, as well as Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.
Some of the other papers recovered with the priceless memorabilia helped narrow down where they might have come from.
“As it turned out, it was a man in Childersburg who had passed away recently. His nephews in Birmingham were going to auction off his collection, which was supposed to be worth more than a million dollars. But apparently someone had broken in, and several items had been stolen.”
Waites said she didn’t know how the items ended up on her property but speculated that the thieves might have gotten scared after realizing the stolen merchandise might be difficult to sell.
The property was eventually turned over to the Childersburg Police Department, which has presumably returned it to the nephews in Birmingham, Waites said.