The items up for bid in this week’s Illinois state treasurer's I-Bid auction are valuable to someone, but perhaps not to everyone. “Somebody may think about some stamp collection that they would like to have,” Rutherford says. In today’s electronic world, the treasurer’s sub-basement vault is now overflowing with items which are not the physical gold and silver of yesteryear; more like “Purple Hearts and Beanie Babies,” Rutherford says.
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The online component of the treasurer's I-Cash unclaimed property program occurs four times a year, though this one is an extra one. Rutherford says the I-Bid program is an in-house version of eBay, without eBay’s commissions. This auction runs through 10 a. m. Friday, with new lots added daily.