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Pete Sampras -- Cops Find Missing Memorabilia

3/21/2011 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Pete Sampras is about to get reunited with the dozens of tennis trophies he had stolen last year -- because law enforcement sources tell TMZ they have finally found them ... in a very unlikely place.

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Sampras, arguably the greatest tennis player of all-time, lost a bulk of his trophies and other memorabilia after they were pilfered from a storage facility last December. He described the incident at the time as "like having the history of my tennis life taken away."

But Pete is all smiles now -- we're told a private investigator working the case for Sampras got a tip the boxes would be dropped off behind a Los Angeles hospital on Saturday.

According to law enforcement, the PI tipped off security at the hospital, who eventually spotted the boxes and called LAPD. We're told cops have no idea how they got there, but they are investigating.


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fstblk    

Check the video was'nt it CHUMLEE from PAWN STARS from the t.v. show?

1279 days ago
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Lori    

Wow...lucky guy!

1279 days ago
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Scrum    

He left the crap in a storage unit and they found it in a dumpster behind a hospital? Anyone care?

1279 days ago
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cougarouxxlover    

wow , who cares ?
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1279 days ago
5.

mjc    

"Arguably the best tennis player of all time." Wrong. Get your facts straight - he cannot even touch Rafael Nadal's stats.

1279 days ago
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TLC    

I care. Good for you Pete.
You have to say "one of the greatest" at least, TMZ. Now Roger Federer owns Pete; in future probably Nadal. Fed has surpassed Pete and Nadal is on the way, but Nadal has to match Roger's records first.

1279 days ago
7.

Forehand to your big mouth    

"Arguably the best tennis player of all time." "Wrong. Get your facts straight - he cannot even touch Rafael Nadal's stats."

I had a great time reading this. YOU get your facts straight. The best is Roger Federer and Pete is considered the second.

1279 days ago
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Forehand to your big mouth    

@ TLC: Yep... or not,cause Nole is doing great at the moment (i.f for 6 months) and probably for long.

The difference between Sampras and Nadal is Pete is still capable of playing tennis at a pretty good level at his age, whereas Nadal because of his recurring injuries is not headed this way, at all.

1279 days ago
9.

ciimonstr    

it was those guys from storage apocalypse(..story developing)

1279 days ago
10.

BoyRocco    

How precious could the memorabilia be if he keeps it in storage? The guy's got a mansion. You telling me there's no room in the mansion ?

1279 days ago
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nephilim3    

the article reads "He had stolen" Why wouuld you steal your own items?

1279 days ago
12.

Sanda    

Americans really need to get over themselves. Swiss Roger Federer is THE greatest tennis player ever. Followed by Spanish Nadal, and Serbian Djokovic. If the trophies meant that much to Sampras, why were they in a storage locker? Scrum had it right - who cares anyway?

1279 days ago
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Forehand to your big mouth    

I'm happy to read that a player with two GS can be considered one of the greatest. Made my day. :oD

By the way Pete Sampras: 14 Grand Slam, Roger Federer: 16 (all the four); Rafael Nadal: 9 (all the four). Novak D.: 2.

So get over Yourself, Sanda. And STFU.

1279 days ago
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TLC    

Don't mention Novak in the same sentence with Pete, Roger and Nadal. He's still a midget.

Anyway, the trophies are probably miniatures but they are still trophies. Only a handful possess them.

1278 days ago

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