Only this time he wasn't looking for souls to steal, it was Magic cards. The store "Hi-Tech Gaming" in Brunswick, Georgia was burglarized overnight. It's unclear whether the thief knew what they were stealing but a Magic collection worth anywhere from high-five to low-six figures was among the pilfered items. If you're in the area, be on the lookout for some marquee cards. (copied from reddit post here and reformatted for ease of reading.
- upside down misprint Dark Ritual
- foil MM Brainstorm
- UL mint Mox Jet/Ruby/Emerald
- tons of revised duallands
- some unlimited duallands
- graded UL Mox Sapphire (8)
- graded UL Timetwister (9)
- graded UL Time Walk (10)
- several of each Guru land
- many unhinged foil lands
- misprint Birds of Paradise
If the thief does not know the value, they may try to sell them in local area pawn shops, which have been notified of the theft. If the thief is savvier, they may try to pass this collection off at a GP or similar event. Be on the lookout for these cards. The owner is obviously very interested in both pressing charges and recovering his collection.
If you think you may have found the thief or the collection, contact Jim at 912-265-3105 and obviously contact the police.
These thefts are despicable and only hurt the community. Nice collections are a source of pride for the owner but that pride can quickly turn to despair in situations like this. Take steps to protect yourself from this sort of theft both in a locked store and on a tournament floor.
- Never take your eyes off of your bag
- Keep the bag under the table, zipped up and with the strap around your leg or a chair leg
- Zipper locks are useful but won't keep a thief out if they steal the entire bag
- Don't let a trade partner or game opponent distract you
- Locked in a car is not a 100% guarantee of safety - Eli Kassis' collection was stolen from a locked car
- Insure your collection against theft, fire, flooding and desert twisters