Old baseball cards that required surgery-like removal from a foreclosed home are still creating a stir in Phoenix.
Two Phoenix police officers checking on a home found something unusual earlier this year. Old baseball cards.
They weren’t in a shoebox, forgotten by a long-departed homeowner. These had been turned into some sort of bedroom door decoration. Still, they were old, there were over 40 of them and the names were recognizable. Willie Mays, Ernie Banks…
No one was living there nor was anyone ready to move in anytime soon so the two officers decided to grab a knife and try to remove them from the door just to see if they could determine a value and find a buyer. It seemed harmless, but not everyone saw it that way.
After taking them to a local card shop, not only did the officers discover the cards weren’t worth much because of glue remnants on the back, but the department’s investigators found out what they’d done. Suddenly, their supervisors became interested in the officers’ actions, which they eventually determined to be a fairly serious viiolation of policy.
One officer has retired but both have been disciplined according to the latest in the Arizona Republic.