Police in Mercer Island, Washington are investigating a baseball card caper that cost a seller a sizeable amount of cash. A police report indicates a 40-year-old resident of the Pacific Northwest community sold a 1956 Topps Mickey Mantle card graded 8.5 by PSA.
In late January, the card was shipped COD via FedEx and the company turned it over to the buyer after he handed them a check for $4,750. The price was in the range of identically graded ’56 Mantles that have sold in recent months.
Unfortunately for the seller, the buyer’s check bounced.
On February 14, the seller called police and filed a report but no word yet on whether he got the card back—or the cash. There was also no indication of the venue in which the transaction took place.
The check writer could face theft and forgery charges if he’s caught.