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UPDATE: Valuable stamp covers returned to owner

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Posted By:  Camila Orti
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A Colorado stamp and envelope collector thought he had lost tens of thousands of dollars worth of material, luckily a good Samaritan saved the day.

A scratch here, a missing cover there, that's all Steve Henderson has to deal with after nearly losing up to $50,000 in postal collector's items Thursday night.

"To think that they were lost out of the back of my car just broke my heart," Henderson said.

"In fact, neither one of us slept all night, he was just sick and convinced he'd never see it again," Henderson's wife Gloria said.

Henderson is a postal historian, in town for a weekend stamp convention. He's been collecting since he was a boy, now owning more than 40,000 rare covers, which is just a fancy word for envelopes.

The collector says it was six books containing about 1,000 covers total that fell out of the back of his car, sometime while he was running errands Thursday evening.

What he says gripped him the most was losing two specific covers from Pearl Harbor sailors during the war.

"The two covers were from survivors, actual survivors that wanted me to have them," Henderson said. "Those could sell at auction for an awful lot of money."

As much as $30,000, Henderson estimates. But they carry even more sentimental value, as his father was also a Pearl Harbor survivor.

Luckily for him, somebody found a box laying in the north Walmart parking lot and turned them in. The other two boxes were found on N. 27th Street.

Despite the damage to the books, every envelope was intact. That, Henderson says, makes him a pretty happy guy.

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