They were in the midst of celebrating their 40th anniversary but a major theft has put a bit of a damper on the party at Ultimate Collectibles. For the second time in four years, a burglary wiped out a sizeable chunk of the store’s inventory.
The most recent break-in occurred Monday, October 4 with what the owners say was the loss of more than $100,000 in merchandise, primarily unopened boxes and vintage sports cards. Dozens of single cards of Hall of Famers including multiple Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron and Roberto Clemente cards were taken along with hundreds of unopened boxes, mostly from products issued over the last few years and some Pokemon cards. Entry is believed to have been made through a back door.
Store manager Kelly Wells says they’re offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects in the case. The store was among several in the Minneapolis area that were also burglarized in 2017, when the business opened a new location.
The shop announced the reward and provided an extensive list of the missing inventory on its Facebook page:
WCCO-TV in Minneapolis visited the store over the weekend for this story: