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$2 Million of Memorabilia Stolen in Dallas Baseball Card Heist

  • Video shows a slickly planned theft at the Dallas Card Show.
  • The alleged victim says rare, valuable cards of Mickey Mantle and Jackie Robinson were stolen.
Journal Sentinel

Video of an audacious heist in Dallas shows four men coordinating a theft worth possibly millions of dollars.

In the video, shared on social media by Legacy Cardz owner Ashish Jain, three men in hats distract Legacy Cardz staffers while a fourth nabs a briefcase. Jain says the briefcase contained cards worth millions, including rare Jackie Robinson and Mickey Mantle cards. Despite the $2 million value, Jain is offering a $70,000 reward for information on the theft.

Jain said the thieves were sophisticated and knew the case was valuable. As he put it to Darren Rovell: “It was the one with all the meat.”

The alleged theft took place at the semiregular Dallas Card Show at a hotel in Allen, Texas.

Allen police are investigating a theft Jain called “predetermined and targeted.” Cops told The New York Times that it was the largest theft they had seen at the Dallas Card Show.

The most valuable card in the deck was a 1952 Mickey Mantle card worth $175,000, according to Rovell, with a half dozen of the Mantle cards worth $400,000 in total.

Jain wrote on X that video footage shows the thieves stacking chairs by his booth, leading him to believe they were employees. “These guys had been scoping us out all day,” he wrote, “and even went thru a process of changing clothes.”

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