Over $2 Million Worth Of Rare Baseball Cards Stolen From Ohio Hotel, Police Say

More than $2 million worth of vintage baseball cards were stolen from an Ohio hotel. The incident happened at the Best Western Plus Strongsville Cleveland hotel last month, according to a police report obtained by HobbyListings.

Sports Collectors Daily reports Memory Lane shipped via FedEx over 50 high-value 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 where the convention was held. When a Memory Lane employee went to pick the cards up at Best Western Plus Strongsville Cleveland on April 18, 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.

Strongsville Police say the cards were stolen after being dropped off.

The cards were part of Memory Lane’s auction that ended this past weekend. They were set to be displayed at the company’s booth at the convention.

The stolen baseball cards include:

  • 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

Despite the missing cards, Memory Lane continued with its auction in hopes authorities would recover them before bidding ended. Unfortunately, police have yet to recover any of the cards. Sports Collectors Daily reports Memory Lane officials told buyers what happened. Consignors will still be able to receive their proceeds from Memory Lane since the cards were fully insured.

Strongsville Police tell Sports Collectors Daily they do have a lead in the case, but no arrests have been made.

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