You may have read last week about the Illinois man whose collection of old baseball cards was stolen in a home burglary.
“Bruce” lost many of his most valuable cards – including several Mickey Mantles when someone he likely knew broke into his house when he was on vacation and went right for them. While he wasn’t a collector, the cards were a link to his youth and they were well kept in what he thought was a safe place.
Police still haven’t made an arrest but at least a couple of people in the Peoria area were willing to help him out.
Phil Luciano, the Peoria Journal-Star columnist who first wrote about the theft of the collection last week, got some reaction from readers, two of whom tried to help the man rebuild his collection.
A mom asked her sons to donate the cards they’d collected as kids in the 1990’s. They agreed and while it was a very nice gesture, it wouldn’t replace those 1960’s gems. However, another vintage card collector in the area stepped up to the plate. Here’s Luciano’s chat with David Headley:
The victimized collector said he couldn’t possibly accept several hundred dollars worth of cards from another man’s collection but did agree to take some cards of Ron Santo, his favorite player.