That large vintage baseball card collection that had been pilfered from an elderly collector’s home has been recovered.
It’s a happy ending for one of the oldest card collectors in Chicago. An 83 year-old who opened packs of Goudeys in the 1930s and still had them–along with thousands of other cards–has his collection back.
You may have read here last month that a roving band of thieves that lured the man outside and then ransacked his home. Turns out the collector was a friend of Mastro Auctions President Doug Allen, who spread word in the collecting community to be on the lookout.
Robert Edward Auctions President Rob Lifson then got a call from someone looking to sell cards similar to those described as stolen. The thieves had apparently turned the collection over for a quick buck but the new owner quickly discovered they were hot and literally dropped them at the victim’s doorstep.