One of the most coveted cards in the game was recently stolen from a sports memorabilia store in Chicago.
According to a report from TMZ, a fleer packet that included a 1986 Michael Jordan rookie card was snatched from Elite Sports Cards & Comics on Memorial Day. Among the other things stolen were cards of notable sports legends Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Walter Payton, and Larry Bird.
A rare Michael Jordan rookie card was stolen from a Chicago memorabilia store — and the heist was captured on surveillance camera. https://t.co/Dnzde3Z9YL
— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) June 9, 2022
Ronnie Holloway, who owns the shop, said all are considered “high-end cards” and over $100,000 in merchandise was stolen. The burglar broke in shortly before 4:00 am on May 31st, reportedly removing the bars on a back window before crawling inside. The entire incident was captured on security cameras, but the male suspect was wearing a mask.
Holloway said the stolen Jordan merchandise is worth $25,000 alone. For what it’s worth, though, we know that certain Jordan rookie cards have sold for around $70,000 in the past. But, regardless of the exact price range, there is no doubt losing that piece of history is a significant loss.
TMZ reported that a suspect has not yet been caught. Holloway has put up a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest.