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Charles Kerr jumped at any chance to buy a special piece of sports memorabilia.

The retired firefighter from New Jersey was so proud of his collection — and so confident of its value — that he would tell his longtime partner's daughter, Jennifer Sullivan, she didn't have to worry about coming up with the money to pay for her two young children's college education.

 "I got it all taken care of," Kerr would say.

But Kerr, as his loved ones would come to find out, didn't have it all taken care of.

Not long after he died suddenly last September, Sullivan learned that he had been bamboozled. The collection that Kerr had spent more than $100,000 building up — balls and bats signed by Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and other baseball greats — was rife with items declared not genuine.

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