Police in Delaware, OH have arrested a suspect in connection with the weekend burglary and theft of a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card.
Delaware, OH police say a 23-year-old man was taken into custody in Indianapolis, where he was trying to sell the card.
Capt. Adam Moore of the Delaware City Police Department told the Columbus Dispatch that Giancarlo Venditti, 23, of Reynoldsburg, OH, called card shops in central Indiana, looking to sell the card. Sports Collectors Daily has learned the arrest happened at The Dugout, a hobby shop on the city’s west side.
The theft had received a significant amount of publicity and Moore says after tracing the cell phone number to Venditti, police were waiting for him at the shop where he was arrested.
Moore says he had visited Neuhart cards before and knew of the Mantle card.
THEY GOT HIIIIIIIIIM!!!!! THE CARD HAS BEEN LOCATED AN ARREST HAS BEEN MADE. MANY THANKS AND MORE INFORMATION TO COME. pic.twitter.com/Z9Z0iyDlug
— Neuhart Cards (@NeuhartCards) May 14, 2019
The thief gained entry to the shop by smashing a front window, then doing the same to a glass display case inside the shop where the Mantle card was located. Despite other vintage cards of some value located in the same case, the Mantle card was the only item taken.
WSYX-TV reported that the card is still in the hands of police in Indianapolis but should be returned to the card shop within a few days. Venditti is in the Marion County Jail in Indianapolis but is expected to be extradited to Ohio to face charges.
Here’s a story produced before the suspect was arrested.
Another small-town Midwest card and memorabilia shop had some fun over the weekend.
Bricks & Ivy in Hoopeston, IL brought Jose Canseco in for an autograph session, but turned the appearance into a home run derby at a local ballfield that included the 54-year-old Canseco belting bombs against a trio of locals while the high school baseball team manned the outfield.
The auction for the world’s oldest golf scorecard is over.
The card, which has been framed and mounted, dates from December 2, 1820. It shows that a “Mr. Cundell” played the five holes within the Musselburgh Race Track twice, a total of ten holes in 84 strokes. The golfer provided his own commentary in a handwritten note at the bottom of the card, ‘Dreadful storm of wind and rain – atmosphere quite yellow – just like the lurid regions of Pandemonium.’
Part of an extensive collection of rare golf memorabilia, the card sold this month for $4,906 through Bonham’s, a British auction house. Seems like a bargain to us.