By David Schuman

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Hopkins memorabilia store’s 40th anniversary this weekend is under a cloud as police investigate a massive burglary.

Ultimate Collectibles is a wonderland for collectors of all kinds, with loads of comic books, baseball cards, records, and CDs. The store was burglarized early Monday morning before opening.

“Almost everything we lost, we think, is either sports cards or Pokemon cards,” said Kelly Wells, a manager. “Our best vintage cards [are gone]. Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, guys like that.”

Wells estimates the value of the stolen cards was $160,000. He came in to find the back door open and several glass cases of merchandise cleaned out.

“It was very weird to see. It was very frightening,” Wells said. “I told my wife we went to the haunted hayride the night before, and this was way more terrifying than anything that happened there.”

Will Twedt, a regular who lives in Plymouth, learned of the burglary while shopping Saturday.

“It’s really annoying a place like this would get taken advantage of like that,” he said.

With no sign of a break-in, Wells says it appears the thief knew how to get in, which he says raises some heartbreaking possibilities.

“When something like this happens, there’s no shortage of paranoia to go around, and everyone runs through your head,” he said.

Hopkins police say detectives are investigating the burglary.

The store is offering a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest or the recovery of the stolen cards.

David Schuman