If you’re offered some high quality vintage baseball cards this week, make sure they’re not hot. One older hobbyist had a quarter-million dollar collection stolen from his home.
A significant and valuable collection of vintage cards were stolen last Thursday from the home of a long-time hobbyist in Evanston, Illinois, a Chicago suburb.
A police report filed indicates someone apparently entered the older man’s home between 1 and 1:30 PM after another man lured him outside. The stolen items include a large quantity of valuable cards and jewelry. The victim, who had remained outside, did not realize someone else was in his home until he returned about 30 minutes after the departure of the suspect who came to his door.
The complete sets the collector had accumulated that were taken includes:
- 1914/15 Cracker Jack Master Set
- M116 Sporting Life Complete Set
- M101-4/5 Sporting News Complete Set
- Wilson Franks Complete Set
- 1953-59 Topps Complete Sets
- Regional sets
All of the cards are raw and except for the 1914/15 Cracker Jacks, are reported to be in near mint or better condition. The police report indicated the missing cards as worth $50,000 but Mastro Auctions President Doug Allen, a friend of the collector, estimates the value at "conservatively" $250,000.
Allen says the collector is old enough to have collected some of the 1930s material from packs and is "devastated" by the loss.