Man Arrested For Stealing Over $2 Million Worth Of Rare Baseball Cards From Ohio Hotel, Police Say

An arrest has been made after more than $2 million worth of vintage baseball cards were stolen from an Ohio hotel. The Strongsville Police Department arrested 27-year-old Jacob Paxton, of Brunswick, for felony theft. Sports Collectors Daily reports Paxton was a desk clerk at the Best Western Plus Stronsgville Cleveland hotel when the incident occurred last month.


Fifty-four vintage cards valued at more than $2.1 million were taken from the hotel on April 18. Sports Collectors Daily reports Memory Lane shipped the cards from its California headquarters to the hotel ahead of the Strongsville Sports Collectors Convention, which was held April 19-21. The hotel is located next door to the convention. When a Memory Lane employee went to pick the cards up at Best Western Plus Strongsville Cleveland, hotel employees were unable to find the box.

Memory Lane tells Sports Collectors Daily that police reviewed hotel security cameras which showed a cardboard box containing the baseball cards being delivered and signed for.

Police say the cards were stolen after being dropped off. The cards were part of Memory Lane’s auction and were set to be displayed at the company’s booth at the convention.

Police executed a search warrant on May 23 at a house in Cleveland in connection with the stolen cards. Authorities were able to recover 52 of the 54 cards.

The stolen baseball cards included:

  • T206 tobacco cards
  • 14 rare Cracker Jack and caramel cards
  • 1911-14 Brunner’s Bread cards
  • early Exhibits cards
  • Mickey Mantle and Roberto Clemente cards

Two cards, however, remain missing. They are a 1909 T204 Ramly Walter Johnson PSA 5 and 1941 Play Ball Ted Williams PSA 8.

According to Cleveland.com, Paxton’s bond was set at $100,000.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Strongsville Police Detectives at 440-580-3247.

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