Second Arrest Made After $2 Million Worth Of Vintage Baseball Cards Stolen From Ohio Hotel, Police Say

Authorities in Ohio say a second arrest has been made in connection with the theft of millions of dollars’ worth of vintage baseball cards from a hotel. The Strongsville Police Department says Jason Bowling, of Cleveland, has been charged with receiving stolen property after $2 million worth of cards were stolen from the Best Western Plus Strongsville Cleveland hotel in April.

Last month, police arrested 27-year-old Jacob Paxton and charged him with theft. Sports Collectors Daily reports Paxton was the hotel’s desk clerk when the baseball cards were stolen.

Fifty-four vintage cards valued at more than $2.1 million were taken from the hotel on April 18. According to Sports Collectors Daily, 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 baseball cards that were recovered 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.

Anyone with information about the missing baseball cards is asked to call Strongsville Police Detectives at 440-580-3247.

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