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A 30-year collection stolen from a die-hard fan

(KTVL/ Kimberly Kolliner)

MEDFORD, Ore. - Jay Cimfl came to the Airport Mini Storage in Medford to keep something very valuable to him safe.

It's something he's been passionate about since he was 12 years old.

"I’ve seen a lot of people, 'oh yeah now I’m a Seahawks fan or I’m a Patriots fan or whatever.' I stick with them no matter what, that's my favorite team," said Jay Cimfl, a Central Point resident.

Die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan, Jay Cimfl, received the shock of his life Saturday morning at the Airport Mini Storage we're he's kept a life's worth of collectible items for years.

"I’ve never had anyone steal anything of mine at all. I guess I was just kind of naïve," Cimfl said.

12,000 of his cards taken from one day to the next.

"Just completely crushed. I'm 42 years old and it felt like 30 years of my life was flushed down the toilet," Cimfl said.

He says next to his family, it's the most important thing to him.

"The one that hurts me the most is I had a 2006 Rodger Staubach exquisite biography autographed jersey card," Cimfl said.

It's what's inspired him through tough times and bonded him with his two boys.

"When the time came that was kind of like my legacy to leave to my kinds," Cimfl said.

Especially his oldest boy Billy, a die-hard Cowboys fan as well.

"To me they mean bonding with dad because I’ve been a fan since I was 4 or 5. I think the first memory I have is watching Cowboys versus the Eagles where Jason Witten got hit and his helmet flies off and he just keeps on going. I remember getting up and celebrating with my dad,” said Billy Cimfl.

It's estimated $25,000 worth of memorabilia was stolen but it’s the memories that have no price value to Jay.

"I can't lie the $25,000 would be nice but in all honestly the collection means more to me than just money right now. I would be much happier having what I had," said Cimfl.

Here's a list compiled by Jay Cimfl of the most important cards that were stolen.

If you see any of these around town you are asked to call Medford Police.

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