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Rod Iman – RBI Sports Inc Card Trimming SCAM

Buyer beware as another veteran sports card dealer has been exposed for selling trimmed cards. 

A post on the Blowout Forum accuses RBI Sports Inc owner Rod Iman of buying & selling cards that have been trimmed. 

Evidence of card altering was provided by the same forum user, 3124508 on COMC, who has been at the forefront of exposing many other card trimmers.

Rod Iman

Iman is not new to hobby scams and controversy. 

The Autograph Live blog has written about fake autographs Iman has sold numerous times, including this post about a bogus Mickey Mantle. 

Sports Card Radio reached out to Iman through multiple channels for comment but he did not respond.

One of Iman's favorite sets to trim appears to be 2017 Topps Archives Bazooka.

Evidence shows Iman purchased several 2017 Topps Archives Bazooka cards on eBay and then later was selling a trimmed version of the same exact card.  Cards trimmed include those of Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Francisco Lindor, Alex Bregman, Sandy Koufax and more.  

Sold: December 2017

Iman sells under the eBay name rbisportsinc.

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Gary Moser
a.k.a "Scissor Hands"
Melville, NY
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Robert Block
a.k.a "Fat Kid On The"
Boca Raton, Florida
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CARD TRIMMER

Will Jaimet
a.k.a "One Touch"
Tigard, Oregon
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CARD TRIMMER

Superior Sports Investments
a.k.a "SSI"
a.k.a "Bill Sliheet"
a.k.a "Nate Nichols"
​Dallas, TX
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SHILL BIDDER/FRAUDSTER

Brent Huigens
a.k.a "Brent Mastro"
Lake Oswego, Oregon
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CARD TRIMMER

Eric Bitz
a.k.a "BuyNiceCards"
a.k.a "BuyTrimmedCards"
Canonsburg, PA
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CARD TRIMMER

Brian Ehricke Deer
a.k.a "Easy Money"
San Francisco, CA
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SHADY GRADER

Joe Clemons
a.k.a "Meet Joe Black Label"
Dallas, TX
Case Details

CARD TRIMMER

Steven Tormollan
a.k.a "InstaTrimmer"
Catonsville, Maryland
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MORE NAMES COMING SOON!

Brandon Taing – Metro Sports Cards Trimming Scam

Another card trimmer has been exposed on the Blowout Forum, this time it's Metro Sports owner Brandon Taing.

Forum user 3124508 on COMC provided evidence of several cards believed to be trimmed and showed PSA submission data that can link the cards back to Taing. 

The same technique has been used to expose card trimmers like Gary Moser.

Taing admitted the cards identified in the thread were his but denied he did the trimming. He wrote in one post defending himself, "If this does go to court I’m prepared and I hope 3125408 is also."

Brandon Taing

Taing gave an explanation how he ends up with trimmed cards, "Some cards recycle back to me and that’s the truth while buying collection. I’m not going to remember every serial numbered cards. If a card looks good I’m going to submit for grading."

Evidence shows some of the identified cards were purchased, before any trimming, by Taing himself on eBay. Taing admits to submitting these cards to PSA.

If Taing didn't trim the cards, who did?

Trimmed Card

Facebook friends of Taing include accused sports card trimmers Kevin Burge and Will Jaimet

When news broke of the scandal, Taing was attending a birthday party. "I ask the Blowout community to wait before making judgement on me." 

Read the thread and see what you think!

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Card Trimmers

CARD TRIMMER

Gary Moser
a.k.a "Scissor Hands"
Melville, NY
Case Details

CARD TRIMMER

Robert Block
a.k.a "Fat Kid On The"
Boca Raton, Florida
Case Details

CARD TRIMMER

Will Jaimet
a.k.a "One Touch"
Tigard, Oregon
Case Details

CARD TRIMMER

Superior Sports Investments
a.k.a "SSI"
a.k.a "Bill Sliheet"
a.k.a "Nate Nichols"
​Dallas, TX
Case Details

SHILL BIDDER/FRAUDSTER

Brent Huigens
a.k.a "Brent Mastro"
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Case Details

CARD TRIMMER

Eric Bitz
a.k.a "BuyNiceCards"
a.k.a "BuyTrimmedCards"
Canonsburg, PA
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CARD TRIMMER

Brian Ehricke Deer
a.k.a "Easy Money"
San Francisco, CA
Case Details

SHADY GRADER

Joe Clemons
a.k.a "Meet Joe Black Label"
Dallas, TX
Case Details

CARD TRIMMER

Steven Tormollan
a.k.a "InstaTrimmer"
Catonsville, Maryland
Case Details

MORE NAMES COMING SOON!

Panini America v Kollectorsvault Trademark Infringement Lawsuit

Guys..... you can't just make your own Zion Williamson cards, sell them on eBay, and think you can get away with it.

That is what Burlingame, CA card shop owner Steven Teani of Kollectorsvault has been doing and now Panini America popped them with a civil trademark infringement lawsuit. 

Kollectorsvault has made fake cards of Williamson, Patrick Maholmes, Yordan Alvarez, Jordan Yamamoto and more. The cards often feature the image of the player, team logos, and Panini's "Rated Rookie" logo. 

Fake Zion Williamson Card

That's how dumb people are in the sports card world. MANY have to cheat, lie, steal, or even make fake cards to make a penny. 

Kollectorsvault is lucky the players or teams don't hit them with a lawsuit as well. 

Teani is an owner of Lefty's Sports Cards in Burlingame, CA.

Steven Teani - Kollectorsvault

Everyday, bottom feeding sports card scrubs try and illegally profit off the name of an athlete or company such as Panini. 

Hopefully card dealers such as Kollectorsvault get dealt a dose of reality. 

Panini is seeking MONEY from Kollectorsvault in the lawsuit.

Here is specifically what they are after:

a. Defendant's profits from each product or service marketed, advertised or sold using the Infringing Marks;
b. all damages sustained by Panini;
c. costs of court;
d. statutory damages allowed by the Lanham Act; and
e. any additional amount that the Court determines to be just;

Ideally, Panini wins this lawsuit and gets any and all damages from this loser Kollectorsvault.

FULL COMPLAINT

Sports Card Scammer: Kevin Burge

When it comes to being a sports card scammer, Kevin Burge can do it all. 

The Mooresville, North Carolina dealer has been accused of forging autographs, faking patch cards, and trimming cards as far back as 2003. 

In addition to the card doctoring, Burge has 35 documented criminal arrests or citations.

Burge is suspected of trimming this 1993 Upper Deck Sp Derek Jeter rookie card that sold for $73,000 by PWCC in September 2018.

Trimmed - Sold for $73,000

A 2003-04 Up Authentic Lebron James autograph is believed to be trimmed by Burge and sold for $11,600 by PWCC in June 2017.

Trimmed - Sold for $11,600

There are a litany of complaints on various sports card forums about Burge including Beckett, Freedom Cardboard, Collectors Universe, and Blowout chronicling his scams. 

He's used a variety of eBay names over the years and also goes by the business name Pristine Sports Collectibles.  

Highlights of his sports card scams:

5-7-2008 - eBay ID shoeless-joejackson - queencity-sportscards = Kevin Burge The worst seller

7-28-2009 - Meet Kevin Burge AKA ShoelessJoe at The National

11-21-2008 - QUEENCITY-SPORTSCARDS & other forgers/alterers ~UPDATE~

10-1-2009 - NEW SCAM: 2001 Pujols Chrome Fakes Spotted At Philly Show

10-22-2009 - GAI Has Made A Deal With The Devil

10-28-2009 - Yet another scam to be aware of in the hobby

1-8-2010 - A Good Reason Not To Trust PSA Or Any Auto Authentication Service

1-20-2010 - Kevin Burge Tries To Elude Recognition, Fails

2-15-2011 - SELLER ALERT: queencity-sportscards

1-31-2018 - Anyone know ebay user “eagles2009champ”?

9-18-2018 - What ever happened to Kevin Burge?

4-9-2019 - Bill Sliheet & Superior Sports Investments Selling Trimmed via PWCC (Kevin Burge too)

4-24-2019 - BUYER BEWARE: Trimmed PSA-10 2000 Stadium Club Derek Jeter Co-Signers on Ebay

5-19-2019 - At Least 2/4 1993 SP PSA 10 Jeters Sold by PWCC are Likely Trimmed

Kevin Burge mug shot

The only thing longer than Burge’s rap sheet in the sports card world is his actual arrest record. 

Burge has been cited or arrested over 35 times.

Highlights of his arrest record include:

5/11/1998
ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON

11/03/1999
DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED

4/08/2004
URINATE IN PUBLIC

9/06/2005
DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED

1/24/2016
DISORDERLY CONDUCT PUBLIC BLDG
SECOND DEGREE TRESPASS

1/15/2019
ASSAULT BY STRANGULATION
CHILD ABUSE

7/2/2019
VIOLATION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PO

In the sports card world, people like Burge are still welcome at industry events. He is listed as an attendee of the 2018 Beckett Industry Summit.

The card industry trimmers and scammers stick together.

Also listed as a Beckett Industry Summit attendee is Keith Koenig, an associate of Burge. Koenig has been known to buy cards for Burge, who then trims them.

Both Koenig and Burge have a connection with known card trimmer Steven Tormollan.

Steven 'InstaTrimmer' Tormollan

At large sports card shows the card trimmers will often be seen together. 

Here are Burge (left) Vinny Ho (center), and Koenig (right) at the Cleveland National. 

Ho was found selling two trimmed cards using two different eBay accounts, avsports888 and tonkabearbrons23.

A forum user commented of the image of the card trimmers, "they look like the Dollar Tree cardboard version of The Hangover." 

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Gary Moser
a.k.a "Scissor Hands"
Melville, NY
Case Details

CARD TRIMMER

Robert Block
a.k.a "Fat Kid On The"
Boca Raton, Florida
Case Details

CARD TRIMMER

Will Jaimet
a.k.a "One Touch"
Tigard, Oregon
Case Details

CARD TRIMMER

Superior Sports Investments
a.k.a "SSI"
a.k.a "Bill Sliheet"
a.k.a "Nate Nichols"
​Dallas, TX
Case Details

SHILL BIDDER/FRAUDSTER

Brent Huigens
a.k.a "Brent Mastro"
Lake Oswego, Oregon
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CARD TRIMMER

Eric Bitz
a.k.a "BuyNiceCards"
a.k.a "BuyTrimmedCards"
Canonsburg, PA
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CARD TRIMMER

Brian Ehricke Deer
a.k.a "Easy Money"
San Francisco, CA
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SHADY GRADER

Joe Clemons
a.k.a "Meet Joe Black Label"
Dallas, TX
Case Details

CARD TRIMMER

Steven Tormollan
a.k.a "InstaTrimmer"
Catonsville, Maryland
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Beware: Leaf Trading Cards NSCC SCAM

The promotional offers from Leaf Trading Cards during The National Sports Collectors Convention may not be what they seem. 

At the 2018 show in Cleveland, Leaf employee Joe Clemons CLEANED UP when he got at least 43 of 120 serial numbered 1/1 cards that were advertised as a promotion to collectors. 

Update:
A second Leaf employee, Adam Berk, has sold 23 of the 1/1 Gold & Gold Super cards.

Sold for $499 by a Leaf employee

Attendees who opened a box of 2018 Leaf In The Game Used or 2018 Leaf Pop Century received a two-card pack of 1948 Leaf Metal cards.

Here was the supposed breakdown:
Courtesy RadiCards

60 card set
2 cards per pack
13 parallels
1/1 parallels Gold & Gold Super
1/1 Printing plates

"I don't believe the 1 of 1 plates were included in the packs," Gray said in an email exchange with Sports Card Radio. 

Many of the printing plates from the set have been found on eBay from various sellers.

The most valuable cards in the set were the 1/1 Gold & Gold Super parallels. 

Sports Card Radio obtained data that shows Clemons ended up with over 43 of those 1/1 cards. Many went on to be graded by Beckett Grading Services (BGS) and were sold on eBay under his account wjc75056.

-Joe Clemons BGS Order PDF-

Clemons is a former BGS employee currently embroiled in a separate scandal involving his former employer.

Joe Clemons

Collectors have discovered Clemons has an uncanny ability to get perfect 'Black Label' and 'Pristine' scores when he grades cards through BGS. His overall numbers appear to defy logic and math.

> Former BGS & Current Leaf Employee Joe Clemons Grading Scam

This trend has held true in the data Sports Card Radio recently analyzed.

Clemons had BGS grade 136 Leaf promo cards on Oct 4th, 2018, and received 21 "Black Label" 10's, 67 "Pristine" 10's, and 48 BGS 9.5's.

-Joe Clemons BGS Order PDF-

Leaf owner Brian Gray wrote on the Blowout Forum:

"We gave away a little more than half the packs that were made. On the Sunday of the show, we sold the remaining packs to a number of people including Tom Fish from Blowout, Joe and more. At least 10 different dealers were offered the chance to buy remaining packs BEFORE Joe was allowed to buy the remaining after those guys took what they wanted."  

But it was Clemons who ended up with 43 of 120 1/1 Gold or Gold Super cards. The best cards available in the packs. 

"I can share that Joe (Clemons) only worked in the buying section of Leaf’s booth at that event, nowhere near or in control of the packs. Two other Leaf employees were the custodians of these packs," Gray said in the above mentioned email exchange with Sports Card Radio.

Brian Gray

Gray wasn't sure how many promotional packs he sold to Clemons.

The only other eBay account that has sold the 1/1 Gold or Gold Super promotion cards in large quantity is eBay user kingofswing97

To date, 23 of the Gold or Gold Super 1/1 cards have been sold through kingofswing97. Only Clemons has sold more.

There appear to be some links between Clemons and kingofswing97. 

For example, kingofswing97 is following both Clemons and Leaf on eBay.

The same scanner was likely used to list Clemons and kingofswing97 Gold & Super 1/1's. 

Check out this photo comparison.  The Mariano Rivera Gold Super 1/1 was sold on Clemons account, wjc75056.  The Lavar Ball 1/1 Gold Super was sold by kingofswing97.

Update:
kingofswing97 has been discovered to be Leaf employee Adam Berk.
Evidence: Post 1 - Post 2 - Post 3

This promo scandal has prompted a supposed employee handbook change at Leaf. 

"To alleviate any future concern, we put a policy in place to prevent even the appearance of impropriety, no longer selling any cards of any kind to employees under any circumstance," says Gray. 

2019 has been rough on Gray and Clemons. Both have had their integrity questioned throughout the Blowout Forum thread detailing the Clemons BGS scandal. 

However, Gray continues to stand by Clemons despite mounting evidence of his involvement in multiple scandals.

"I am fully aware of your motives and desire to report anything that might get you clicks. I stand by the fact that the packs were sold in an arms length transaction where the buyer had no idea what cards were still contained in packs," said Gray. 


-Joe Clemons BGS Order PDF-

1st Page Example

Sold by Clemons:

TERRY BRADSHAW 2018 LEAF ORIGINALS METAL '48 GOLD PRISMATIC SUPERFRACTOR 1/1

CHLOE KIM 2018 LEAF ORIGINALS METAL '48 GOLD PRISMATIC SUPERFRACTOR 1/1

CHLOE KIM 2018 LEAF ORIGINALS METAL '48 GOLD PRISMATIC REFRACTOR 1/1

JOSE CANSECO 2018 LEAF ORIGINALS METAL '48 GOLD PRISMATIC SUPERFRACTOR 1/1

DOYLE BRUNSON 2018 LEAF ORIGINALS METAL '48 GOLD SUPERFRACTOR 1/1 BGS 9.5 GEM (serial #0010851828)

DANIEL NEGREANU 2018 LEAF ORIGINALS METAL '48 GOLD SUPERFRACTOR 1/1 BGS 9.5 GEM (serial #0010851823)

MARIANO RIVERA 2018 LEAF ORIGINALS METAL '48 GOLD PRISMATIC SUPERFRACTOR 1/1

FRANK THOMAS 2018 LEAF METAL ORIGINALS '48 GOLD SUPERFRACTOR 1/1 BGS 9.5 GEM (serial #0010851035)

MANON RHEAUME 2018 LEAF ORIGINALS METAL '48 GOLD PRISMATIC SUPERFRACTOR 1/1

FRANK THOMAS 2018 LEAF ORIGINALS METAL '48 GOLD PRISMATIC REFRACTOR 1/1

SHOHEI OHTANI 2018 LEAF ORIGINALS METAL GOLD SUPERFRACTOR ROOKIE CARD 1/1 BGS 10 (serial #0010851702)

JOSH ROSEN 2018 LEAF ORIGINALS METAL '48 GOLD PRISMATIC REFRACTOR ROOKIE RC 1/1

HAKEEM OLAJUWON 2018 LEAF ORIGINALS METAL '48 GOLD REFRACTOR 1/1 BGS 9.5 GEM (serial #0010851838)

LAVAR BALL 2018 LEAF ORIGINALS METAL GOLD REFRACTOR ROOKIE CARD RC 1/1 BGS 10 (serial #0010851754)

LIANGELO BALL 2018 LEAF ORIGINALS METAL GOLD REFRACTOR RC 1/1 BGS 10 QUAD BLACK LABEL (serial #0010851652)

MAGIC JOHNSON 2018 LEAF ORIGINALS METAL '48 GOLD REFRACTOR 1/1 BGS 9.5 GEM MINT (serial #0010851841)

DERRIUS GUICE 2018 LEAF ORIGINALS METAL '48 GOLD SUPERFRACTOR ROOKIE 1/1 BGS 10 (serial #0010851701)

ROY JONES JR. 2018 LEAF ORIGINALS METAL '48 GOLD SUPERFRACTOR 1/1 BGS 9.5 GEM (serial #0010851832)

ERROL SPENCE JR. 2018 LEAF ORIGINALS METAL '48 GOLD SUPERFRACTOR 1/1 BGS 10 (serial #0010851753)

SHOHEI OHTANI 2018 LEAF ORIGINALS METAL '48 GOLD REFRACTOR ROOKIE CARD RC 1/1

BOBBY HULL 2018 LEAF ORIGINALS METAL '48 GOLD SUPERFRACTOR 1/1 BGS 9.5 GEM MINT (serial #0010851825)

BAKER MAYFIELD 2018 Leaf Originals Metal Gold Refractor RC 1/1 BGS 9.5 GEM MINT (serial #0010830765)

Currently for sale by Clemons:

SAM DARNOLD 2018 Leaf Originals Metal '48 Gold Refractor Rookie Card RC 1/1

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL 2018 Leaf Originals Metal '48 Gold Prismatic Superfractor 1/1

STEPHEN CURRY 2018 Leaf Originals Metal '48 Gold Prismatic Refractor 1/1

RONALD ACUNA 2018 Leaf Originals Metal '48 Gold Prismatic Superfractor RC 1/1

PELE 2018 Leaf Originals Metal '48 Gold Superfractor 1/1 BGS 9.5 GEM MINT (serial #0010851822)

NICO HISCHIER 2018 Leaf Originals Metal Gold Superfractor Rookie RC 1/1 BGS 9.5 (serial #0010851826)

BEN AFFLECK 2018 Leaf Originals Metal '48 Gold Superfractor 1/1 BGS 9.5 GEM MINT (serial #0010851834)

JOE VELENO 2018 Leaf Originals Metal '48 Gold Superfractor Rookie RC 1/1 BGS 9.5 (serial #0010851830)

HOPE SOLO 2018 Leaf Originals Metal '48 Gold Superfractor 1/1 BGS 9.5 GEM MINT (serial #0010851829)

CLYDE DREXLER 2018 Leaf Originals Metal '48 Gold Superfractor 1/1 BGS 9.5 GEM (serial #0010851824)

Sold by kingofswing97:

WADE BOGGS 2018 LEAF METAL ORIGINALS GOLD PRISMATIC REFRACTOR 1/1 - RED SOX

PETE ROSE 2018 LEAF METAL ORIGINALS GOLD PRISMATIC REFRACTOR 1/1 - REDS

DOYLE BRUNSON 2018 LEAF METAL ORIGINALS GOLD PRISMATIC REFRACTOR 1/1 - POKER

DANIEL NEGREANU 2018 LEAF METAL ORIGINALS GOLD PRISMATIC REFRACTOR 1/1 - POKER

ANFERNEE SIMONS 2018 LEAF METAL ORIGINALS GOLD SUPERFRACTOR PRISMATIC 1/1

TERRY BRADSHAW 2018 LEAF METAL ORIGINALS GOLD PRISMATIC REFRACTOR 1/1 - STEELERS

WADE BOGGS 2018 LEAF METAL ORIGINALS GOLD SUPERFRACTOR PRISMATIC 1/1 - RED SOX

MO BAMBA 2018 LEAF METAL ORIGINALS GOLD REFRACTOR PRISMATIC 1/1 - ORLANDO MAGIC

LAMELO BALL 2018 LEAF METAL ORIGINALS GOLD REFRACTOR PRISMATIC 1/1 - LONZO BRO

LAVAR BALL 2018 LEAF METAL ORIGINALS GOLD SUPERFRACTOR PRISMATIC 1/1 - LONZO DAD

DENNIS RODMAN 2018 LEAF METAL ORIGINALS GOLD SUPERFRACTOR PRISMATIC 1/1 - BULLS

LAMELO BALL 2018 LEAF METAL ORIGINALS GOLD SUPERFRACTOR PRISMATIC 1/1

BOB GRIESE 2018 LEAF METAL ORIGINALS GOLD SUPERFRACTOR PRISMATIC 1/1 - DOLPHINS

ERROL SPENCE JR 2018 LEAF METAL ORIGINALS GOLD PRISMATIC REFRACTOR 1/1 - BOXING

Currently for sale by kingofswing97:

EARL CAMPBELL 2018 LEAF METAL ORIGINALS GOLD PRISMATIC REFRACTOR 1/1 - OILERS

EARL CAMPBELL 2018 LEAF METAL ORIGINALS GOLD SUPERFRACTOR PRISMATIC 1/1 - OILER

SHAWN KEMP 2018 LEAF METAL ORIGINALS GOLD SUPERFRACTOR PRISMATIC 1/1 - SONICS

BO JACKSON 2018 LEAF METAL ORIGINALS GOLD SUPERFRACTOR PRISMATIC 1/1 - ROYALS

CARLI LLOYD 2018 LEAF METAL ORIGINALS GOLD SUPERFRACTOR PRISMATIC 1/1 - SOCCER

ANFERNEE SIMONS 2018 LEAF METAL ORIGINALS GOLD REFRACTOR PRISMATIC 1/1 - BLAZERS

CLYDE DREXLER 2018 LEAF METAL ORIGINALS GOLD REFRACTOR PRISMATIC 1/1 - BLAZERS

RANDY JOHNSON 2018 LEAF METAL ORIGINALS GOLD PRISMATIC REFRACTOR 1/1 - MARINERS