Vintage Mardi Gras pieces missing from Tulane collection
NEW ORLEANS - A collector and dealer says hundreds of vintage Mardi Gras badges, invitations and other memorabilia are missing from a Tulane University collection.
Rafael Monzon has seen a list of items that disappeared. He says they could, as a group, be worth $250,000 or more.
Monzon learned about the missing items through his membership in the Mardi Gras Memorabilia Society. Tulane police attended the group's meeting Tuesday and asked members to help in an investigation. Officers provided a list, more than 40 pages long, of missing pieces.
Tulane spokesman Michael Strecker says the university does not comment on investigations.
Among the missing items is an invitation and admittance card from an 1858 ball.
Monzon says vintage Mardi Gras pieces can sell for hundreds of dollars.