Postal Worker Steals Rare Baseball Card From Mail

We’ve all had the urge. You’re sitting there, meal finished, belly full, and all you want to do is leave and go home and play video games. Of course you can’t, because the waiter last passed through half an hour ago. Hmmm. Maybe if I just leave, no one will notice …

Stop right there. Stealing isn’t cool, dude. It’s bad enough to dine and ditch, but it’s especially egregious when you’re swiping rare baseball cards from out of the mail, like Maine postal worker Richard Trofatter Jr.


A police affidavit filed with the court by detective John Peracchi says he was contacted by a representative of the U.S. Postal Service on May 7, reporting the “mail theft” of a 1915 Cracker Jack baseball card depicting New York Giants pitcher and Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson.

The card had been graded and given a serial number before it was put in the mail by an eBay seller in Michigan who insured it for $655, according to court records. When an eBay buyer in Maine reported he never received it, the Postal Service launched an investigation, discovered the card had been sold on eBay for $1,211, then traced it back to mail handler Trofatter, who was working at the 345 Heritage Ave. postal facility, according to Peracchi’s affidavit.

Lesson to all would-be thieves: After you steal something, DO NOT PUT IT ON EBAY. The internet is not anonymous. The government knows who you are.Sorry.