A hobby shop on California’s north central coast was struck by smash and grab burglars early Monday.
The front door of Monterey Bay Collectors Lounge was smashed open around 2:20 AM.
Owner Enrique Villareal says police arrived quickly after the store’s alarms sent the suspects scurrying but over $25,000 in merchandise was taken, including a 1-1 Panini Zenith Trevor Lawrence autographed rookie card.
“High-end 49er autographed cards. There was a Mike Trout signed baseball, and that box alone probably estimated value between $4,000 to $6,000 in just those cards,” Villareal told a local TV station. “The office was broken into, and we’re still assessing the value of the cards and boxes that were stolen from our office,” Villarreal said.
He believes a consignment brought in by a customer on Friday may have been the target of the thieves.
Surveillance video shows a person dressed all in black running out the shop’s front door. Another suspect dressed all in white was also visible inside the shop.
Wander Franco’s endorsement deal with Topps has resulted in the latest player collaborated card set.
ToppsX Wander Franco was released as an online exclusive Tuesday.
Boxes contain five packs with 13 cards per pack (12 base cards plus one parallel numbered to 99 or less).
One on-card autograph is guaranteed to be among the 13 cards, which could include Franco on-card autographs (1 in every 8 boxes) or a sticker autograph from the checklist of players that is included in the set.
The autographs could be from one of the following players:
Fernando Tatis Jr.
Julio Rodriguez – RC
There are 10 “Golden Ticket Redemptions” randomly inserted in boxes that can be exchanged for a Franco game-used item.
The base set has 80 cards in all and is made up of five subsets: Best & Brightest, Leyendas de Béisbol, 20 is Money, Make it Count!, and Head of the Class.
Boxes are priced at $120 but there are also one-pack boxes with a one in five chance at an auto for $24.99. Both are available via this page on Topps’ website.
A major ice storm cut a swath across a large section of the country Monday night and Tuesday with parts of Texas getting hit especially hard.
Panini America said Tuesday that its customer service and fulfillment centers would be closed “until further notice.”
“Please allow for additional processing time for orders placed before and during weather related shutdowns,” the company said in an email to customers.
Beckett, also based in Dallas, indicated delays with processing and shipping of orders were possible because of the storm’s impact.