100K worth of rare sports collectibles swiped in North Center heist


CHICAGO — The owner of a North Center memorabilia store spoke out Wednesday about a heist that cost him thousands of dollars and the possession of items with sentimental value.

“Over 30 years gone in three-and-a-half minutes,” said business owner Ronnie Holloway.

The store has stood in North Center for about 30 years, with Holloway taking over the reins from his friend a few years ago. But baseball cards are something he’s loved since he was a child after a chance discovery one day while walking home. 

“I was coming home from school, I found a card on the ground, Ernie Banks, and I picked it up but didn’t know exactly what it was. Since then, I was just fascinated,” Holloway said. 

Over the years, Holloway’s collection grew into something he wanted to pass to his two children but had some of the greats on display for the whole neighborhood to enjoy.  

“I brought them in to share with other families and kids that may not see them in person,” Holloway said.  

Someone else, though, seemingly spotted those pricy cards too, and over the Memorial Day weekend, cut out the brick at the back of the building and busted in through a window.  

“They cut the concrete, the mortar where the bars on the window and those bars were pulled out after ripping out the concrete (and) took part of the brick out as well,” Holloway said.


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