The theft of an extremely valuable collection of vintage baseball cards from a home in upstate New York last month remains under investigation by New York State Police.
Thousands of cards, including a near set of T206, numerous old tobacco issues and other high grade sets spanning much of the 20th century were stolen from the home near Oneonta, New York in early April.
An alarm system was disabled and entry made through a second floor window. Other valuables were taken along with the stolen cards.
The victim has offered a $10,000 reward and NYSP officer Nelson Torres told Sports Collectors Daily that they believe the reward might entice someone to come forward with information.
“We’re hoping maybe one of his buddies will see that and decide to give us a name,” Torres said.
An investigator working the case believes those responsible live nearby and may have committed another burglary in the area, performed in similar fashion.
“They’ve decided to treat it as a local crime,” Torres said.
Major auction houses have been notified in case those responsible try to consign or sell the cards, but police investigators are otherwise “purposely keeping a lid on the case,” according to Torres. He would not offer a total value for the cards taken nor say if state police had any leads.
None of the thousands of cards taken in the burglary have been recovered so far.
Torres said the NYSP investigator doesn’t necessarily believe the home in question was targeted by someone who knew what was inside because of how the theft was committed and the variety of items taken.