The owner of an Ohio sports card shop is asking for help locating two men who they say stole hundreds of cards early Monday morning.
The burglary happened at Clay Cards in Lima, which sells cards and also takes in submissions for professional grading.
About 300 cards, mostly graded, stored in a showcase were stolen along with some boxes of unopened product.
The shop owners say at least three other stores, closer to the Cleveland area, were also burglarized over the past several days.
They say they’re working with local police and the other stores that were robbed in an attempt to identify and locate the two men seen in surveillance images.
Mamba Collectibles, a Martinsville, WV shop run by John Ciriello, has made a commitment to the city’s downtown area—something city leaders are happy about. On Tuesday, they helped him officially dedicate the store, which is moving from a smaller location.
“I walked through the door and instantly fell in love with the place,” he told the Journal News.
eBay is making an investment in COMC as the two sides strengthen their existing partnership.
They say part of the commercial agreement is aimed at helping customers who sell on those platforms easier and more efficient by investing in enhancing COMC’s current infrastructure.
For seven years now, COMC users have been able to cross list their cards on eBay and collectors can submit cards to eBay auctions via COMC.
“As the ecommerce home for trading cards enthusiasts, we’re excited to work with a company that shares our commitment to innovating for collectors and sellers, so they can do more of what they love,” stated Gene Cook, eBay’s VP of Global Collectibles. “This investment will help deliver seamless, magical experiences for The Hobby, making it easier for sellers to digitize their inventory and helping buyers find exactly the cards they want.”
Exactly what that will entail wasn’t totally clear but COMC Founder and CEO Tim Getsch wrote, “In particular, the investment will enable COMC to expand our technology-based listing and management model, strengthening our fulfillment services and allowing fellow collectors to focus on what they enjoy.
“This means that we now have greater resources to invest in further innovating our technology, enabling our team to provide faster and better services, removing even more friction from your collecting experience.”
A PSA 10 super short print Victor Wembanyama rookie card from the Panini silver packs distributed at the National Sports Collectors Convention has become the most expensive card of the NBA’s top draft pick sold so far via the online giant.
The Color Splash card pictures the 7’4 rookie from France in his San Antonio Spurs uniform. eBay has confirmed the $35,000 sale of the card.
Wembanyama rookie cards have been driving the 2023-24 basketball card market with ’23-24 Hoops Basketball the first to feature his pack pulled creations in a pro uniform. In all, 20 Wembanyama cards have sold for $10,000 or more in eBay so far this year.