Believe it or not, there was a heist of baseball memorabilia at the Riley’s Believe It or Not attraction in New York City.
A manager noticed someone had swapped a fake Joe DiMaggio signed bat and Ted Williams autographed baseball for the real deal inside the Times Square location known as the “Odditorium”.
While news reports indicated the stolen bat was one that had been used during DiMag’s 56-game hitting streak in 1941, the total value of the items taken was reported as $6,000,which would be way below the market value of actual gamer from that historic season. We’re thinking it was simply a commemorative bat with an actual signature.
Ripley’s officials substituted a signed Michael Jordan bat from his White Sox minor league days for the DiMaggio lumber.
How the thief was able to make the swap isn’t known—and no one knows exactly when it happened.
“We have surveillance video, but it’s not very good,” a police source told the New York Post. “We plan on interviewing all current and former employees.”
But that wasn’t all that was taken. Ripley’s is known for its displays of actual shrunken human heads and a couple of those were also pilfered. Gross, maybe, but the really disgusting thing is that they were valued much higher than the signed memorabilia.
Say it ain’t so.