DEA Bust Yields Trove of Rare Baseball Cards

Agency now holds $280K worth of vintage Ty Cobbs, others
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2008 4:00 PM CDT
Topps baseball cards are seen in Boston, in this March, 6, 2007 file photo.    (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki, file)
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(Newser) – Long accustomed to confiscating snazzy cars and jewelry from those who run afoul of the law, the DEA found itself in possession of something a little more unusual when it nabbed a Tennessee doctor who was dispensing fraudulent prescriptions—an impressive collection of baseball cards worth $280,000. The doc faces 20 years, and the DEA is considering an auction. Some of the cards:

  • 1909 Ty Cobb from the rare T206 series
  • 1938 Goudey card featuring Joe DiMaggio

  • 1909 Bill O'Hara—$6,000
  • 1912 Ty Cobb—$15,000
  • 1952 Willie Mays —$3,000
  • 1964 Harmon Killebrew—$1,500