There are all sorts of abandoned buildings in Detroit and most of them don’t have anything valuable in them. According to this report from the Daily Mail, however, one has thousands upon thousands of baseball cards which some “urban explorers” have discovered:
A collection of sports cards estimated to be worth more than $1million has been discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Detroit.
Millions of the Topps cards were packed away in dust-covered crates, with thousands more strewn over the floor of the derelict building.
The mint-condition collectibles, dating from the late 1980s and 90s, were discovered by a team of urban explorers whose hobby is to venture into forgotten man-made structures.
While only estimated to be individually worth between 99 cents and $5.99, the collective haul of hundreds of cases would potentially fetch millions if ever put on the market.
I put “urban explorers” in quotes because finding them is one thing. Taking them and selling them when they belong to someone else, as they no doubt do, abandoned or otherwise turns you into something else, right? If the building has an owner, the cards belong to them. If not, they belong to the City of Detroit or the State of Michigan or Wayne County or to whichever entity is owed the no-doubt back property taxes. Not that I’m trying to be a killjoy here or anything.
Anyway, since they’re cards from the late 80s and early 90s that $.99-5.99 valuation seems crazy high, but we’ll go with that for now.
Enjoy your crazy-valuable cache of Steve Searcy “Future Star” cards, friends.