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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Card collector accuses USPS of losing mint Mantle

Has anyone thought of checking Bob Costas’ swollen ass pocket?

Anthony Johnson is suing the agency, claiming it lost his jewelry and card collection valued at $329,000. He says the valuables were stolen in 2009 by a house guest and shipped to California.

Johnson says he alerted the Postal Service, which intercepted the goods. But the Grosse Pointe man says he’s only recovered cash that was taken, not the collection. The memorabilia include mint cards of DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron.

Johnson tells the Detroit Free Press it’s been a “three-year runaround.” The Postal Service has denied any negligence. Johnson says the collection was sent to an Atlanta postal site where it sat for months.

Today’s whereabouts? Unknown.

Repoz Posted: January 21, 2012 at 08:44 AM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: business, history, memorabilia

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   1. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: January 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM (#4041849)
If only he had a tracking number.
   2. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: January 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM (#4041862)
"And yesterday, a whole bunch of boxes arrived at the post office with no labels! No labels, Jerry. You know what that means......freebies!!!"
   3. JEe (Jason) Posted: January 21, 2012 at 12:32 PM (#4041874)
The lede:

A Detroit-area baseball card collector has a question for the U.S. Postal Service: Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?
   4. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: January 21, 2012 at 12:49 PM (#4041883)
BS detector is going off. You would only steal the cards if you knew of their value, and then you sure as hell wouldn't let the monkeys at the post office handle them.
   5. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: January 21, 2012 at 12:50 PM (#4041885)
you sure as hell wouldn't let the monkeys at the post office handle them.


This.
   6. dave h Posted: January 21, 2012 at 12:55 PM (#4041886)
But the article says he recovered the cash (unclear about the jewelry). Why would you entrust the Post Office with cash but not the cards? I don't think it's wise to assume the criminal made a perfect set of logical, intelligent decisions.
   7. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: January 21, 2012 at 01:08 PM (#4041897)
I'm guessing there was no theft and this guy has concocted some half assed scheme to get over on the post office.
   8. BDC Posted: January 21, 2012 at 01:15 PM (#4041901)
I want Columbo on the case! "There's just one more thing that's been bothering me, sir. You said there was a mint-condition 1953 Joe DiMaggio card in the set. Now I remember when Joe DiMaggio retired, sir ..."
   9. tshipman Posted: January 21, 2012 at 01:31 PM (#4041914)
I'm guessing there was no theft and this guy has concocted some half assed scheme to get over on the post office.


Pretty safe bet here.

Boggles my mind how people think these sort of things will work.
   10. AJMcCringleberry Posted: January 21, 2012 at 03:25 PM (#4041953)
Johnson tells the Detroit Free Press it’s been a “three-year runaround.” The Postal Service has denied any negligence.

This doesn't sound like a government agency to me.
   11. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: January 21, 2012 at 03:25 PM (#4041954)
the link within the story makes it sound even more suspicious. This guy is a car salesman, and yet he has vintage baseball cards, and Derrick Coleman's jewelry(???), and 30 large in cash?
   12. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: January 21, 2012 at 03:32 PM (#4041960)
MAN MAD AT MAILERS: MINT MANTLE MISSING... MAYBE
   13. Squash Posted: January 21, 2012 at 03:34 PM (#4041963)
Boggles my mind how people think these sort of things will work.

These kind of people seem to be some brand of sociopath. It's like they think they have some brilliant plan that the rest of us ####### morons will be helpless in the face of.
   14. Morty Causa Posted: January 21, 2012 at 04:04 PM (#4041974)
MUTT, MICKEY, NOW MINT GONE--WHEN WILL CYCLE OF DESTRUCTION END?
   15. SteveM. Posted: January 21, 2012 at 05:45 PM (#4042007)
I bet his mother really threw them out.
   16. Dr. Vaux Posted: January 21, 2012 at 06:08 PM (#4042020)
MUTT, MICKEY, NOW MINT GONE--WHEN WILL CYCLE OF DESTRUCTION END?


That was strangely hilarious.
   17. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 21, 2012 at 07:51 PM (#4042072)
I hear a Post Office truck outside, with its front wheel making an awesome cool fappita-fappita-fappita sound. Will investigate.
   18. Benji Posted: January 21, 2012 at 09:35 PM (#4042121)
Letter carrier for 22 years. Funny, I didn't think I was a monkey. :)
   19. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: January 21, 2012 at 09:37 PM (#4042122)
I bet his mother really threw them out.

My mom was a one woman destruction crew: The minute my back was turned and I'd moved out of the house, she threw out my '52 Topps Mantle along with a '53 Bowman Musial and a postcard from Mecca signed by "El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X)". Her sense of history in many respects was a bit less than perfect.
   20. There's a bustle in Misirlou's hedgerow Posted: January 21, 2012 at 10:11 PM (#4042132)
This guy is a car salesman, and yet he has vintage baseball cards, and Derrick Coleman's jewelry(???), and 30 large in cash?


Bud Selig?
   21. Morty Causa Posted: January 21, 2012 at 10:52 PM (#4042161)
hear a Post Office truck outside, with its front wheel making an awesome cool fappita-fappita-fappita sound. Will investigate.


Is that an allusion to Thurber's exquisiste short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and its "pocketa-pocketa-queep-queep"?
   22. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 22, 2012 at 12:00 AM (#4042200)
More like Mr. Donald Martin's SPLORP BLATCH THWIP BLIF PLORF BLAP.
   23. Bob Evans Posted: January 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM (#4042401)
This guy is a car salesman, and yet he has...Derrick Coleman's jewelry

I don't know who has Derrick Coleman's jewelry, but I'll bet it isn't Derrick Coleman in any case.

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