A valuable Mickey Mantle card stolen from a Delaware shop has been found.
The 1952 Mickey Mantle card was stolen Mother’s Day weekend from Neuhart Cards and Sports Collectibles in Delaware.
A spokesperson for Delaware City Police said an arrest was made on Tuesday after investigators received information that card shops in Indianapolis were receiving inquiries about buying a Mickey Mantle baseball card from a central Ohio phone number. Authorities tracked down the phone number and found out the person identified as Giancarlo Venditti of Reynoldsburg who had been to Neuhart Cards. The 23-year-old was confronted by Indianapolis Police officers while attempting to sell the stolen card and was taken into custody.
Store owner Keith Neuhart learned of the arrest Tuesday, “Excitement. Stunned actually.” Neuhart said the card is valued between $8,500 and $13,000, “It’s his first card. It was short printed, so they didn’t make as many of those cards as they did some of the other cards.”
The theft left Neuhart’s business with a broken window and smashed out glass from a counter. The business owner said efforts are underway to prevent a future theft, “Obviously, you always think what can we do better? So yeah, added security. Some upgrades will definitely be in the future,” said Neuhart.
Venditti is currently being held in an Indiana jail. The Mickey Mantle card is being held by Indianapolis Police. Neuhart expects to get it back in a few days.