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Unmarked trophy serves clue to lost tennis champion
Unmarked trophy serves clue to lost tennis champion

On a cluttered card table at a Westside estate sale, Sandy Marks spotted an antique silver trophy. It was a large bowl, so deeply tarnished that she struggled to read the inscription: Ojai Valley Tennis Club Men's Intercollegiate Singles Champion 1938 Won by The winner's name had never been filled in. But Marks, who regularly resells used goods on eBay, knew there was a market for old trophies. She paid $10 that day in December and promptly put the trophy up for auction. The winning bidder, an L.A. tennis buff, paid $65 for it and donated it to the Ojai tournament, which is still played every spring. "Nobody knew who the 1938 champion was," said Steve Pratt,...

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