Man charged with theft of Magic: The Gathering cards worth $15K


In the second case of its kind to emerge in Minnesota this week, a man has been charged over the theft of $15,000-worth of Magic: The Gathering cards.

The Pioneer Press reports that Daniel Franco, 27, of West Lakeland Township, has been handed a felony charge of receiving stolen property after he tried to sell stolen game cards at Level Up Games in South St. Paul earlier this month.

The incident was all the more remarkable because Jeremy Bylander, whose cards they were, was actually in the store when Franco was trying to sell them.

It wasn't difficult for store staff to realize the cards for sale were the ones that were stolen from Bylander's home in Oak Park Heights a few weeks earlier.

FOX 9 reports that three boxes of Magic cards were stolen in the theft along with some computer monitors, a headset and other electronics. Bylander estimates the value of the cards to be between $10,000 and $15,000.

"I was ecstatic," Bylander told the TV station. "I thought I'd never see it again, to be honest."

Franco has been booked into the Dakota County Jail on $30,000 bail as his case proceeds.

It's the second incident of theft related to the valuable trading card game in Minnesota this week, with an Iowa man being robbed of $1,600-worth of cards after meeting a man who contacted him through Craigslist at the Apache Mall in Rochester.

Magic: The Gathering is the largest trading card game in the world, according to QuickTopTens, and with more than 11,000 different cards having been released, the price for rarer ones can run into the thousands of dollars.

The rarest card, generally considered to be the “Black Lotus” which had a print run of just 1,100 in the 1990s, has been sold at prices of up to $30,000 before, Yahoo notes.

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