Colin and Ryan update you on the biggest scandals currently in the hobby.
Huge update to the Gary Moser and PWCC trimmed graded cards scam. Looks like the finger pointing has just begun.
Joe Clemons and Leaf Cards has some explaining to do after more revelations that the former BGS & current Leaf employee gets a shocking percentage of Black Label and Pristine cards.
a.k.a "Hands Shaking"
Topps employee Mark Sapir sent a message to Sports Card Radio that read: “If I ever see you say anything negative about this company (Topps), especially on Twitter, I’ll cut you off for good.”
A few months later this guy came up to Ryan with his hands shaking at the Industry Summit looking to become buds. Ryan brushed him off. Several weeks later Sapir left Topps.
Was he fired or did he quit? You can decide.
Ex-Cardboard Connection CEO
On November 8, 2014, then Cardboard Connection owner Mike Smeth wrote Colin and Ryan:
"LOL I can't wait to see you at the next trading card event. I will even lend you some gas money!"
Two years later, Sports Card Radio broke the EXCLUSIVE news that Smeth pled guilty to Aggravated Assault and Terroristic Threats. Smeth was sentenced to 5 years and 12 months, which will be served via probation.
During divorce proceedings, a court found Smeth was stealing money from Cardboard Connection, causing the website to miss payroll. A judge stripped Smeth of his ownership.
It's believed Smeth is currently in drug rehab.
a.k.a "Bad Moodhe"
At the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention, Ryan was taking pictures of 5x7 cards at the Topps booth when he was approached by employee Kevin Moodhe.
Ryan had never met Moodhe before and attempted to greet Moodhe with a handshake that was denied.
Moodhe told Ryan to delete the pictures on his phone of the 5x7 cards, and instructed him to go into his trash file and delete them as well.
Ryan did not know how to delete pictures from his trash file and Moodhe had to instruct him. Coming off 6 months living in Las Vegas, Moodhe got a glimpse of the Vegas life as Ryan had to flip through all his images to get to the 5x7 Topps cards.
Less than 12 months later Moodhe no longer works at Topps. Was he fired or did he quit? You can decide.
If this scrub resurfaces in the sports card world, we'll come looking for this bum again.
Beckett Industry Summit
Sports Card Radio helped drive record attendance to the Industry Summit for consecutive years. The event even drew a lucrative "media sponsorship" from Smeth (see above).
Isaacson though didn't like some of the "tweets" from the event and told Sports Card Radio to stop coming.
In recent years, attendance has plummeted. Topps and Upper Deck put on their own conference. Panini has stopped giving away lucrative "Black Boxes." And oh yeah, Kevin's name wasn't on the email promoting the 2019 event.
a.k.a "Broke Rondo"
a.k.a "MiniVan Flex"
After Ryan flashed his Tesla on Facebook, Jon Ronolone lost his mind and showed a picture of a tricked up mini-van. In the rust belt that might be cool, but out on the west coast that's a waste of gas money.
"Broke Rondo" sent numerous messages via Facebook that he'll meet the twins at the "Natty" and do something, but he appears to be all bark and no bite. After being put on the homepage of Sports Card Radio, things quickly got quiet.
This breaker fanboy tried to come on and defend a buddy that ended up on the homepage of Sports Card Radio. He quickly got caught up in the action when he started talking about lawsuits and slit wrists.
This little puppy went silent after seeing his name and face on the homepage.
Albenze Law, PLC
a.k.a "Lunch Pic"
Another hater popped up on Facebook & hung around for a little while even after being put on the homepage of Sports Card Radio.
Sezan claimed to work for an Ohio law firm. When Sports Card Radio inquired with the firm, turns out they had never heard of the guy.
Just another lying scrub.
a.k.a "My Forum Sucks"
A mostly harmless website owner who seems to say the wrong things at the wrong time.
He popped up around the time of the Smeth scandal (see above), wanting Sports Card Radio to post the information on his forum. When rebuffed by one of the twins (Ryan), Gilmore sent a message to the other twin (Colin) wondering what the deal was.
Gilmore later apologized to Ryan at The National for the encounter.
10 months later, Gilmore returned again to nitpick a headline on one of Sports Card Radio's articles.
Just shut up already!
Any more words out of this guy and it's right back onto the homepage.
Poor guy has some Troy Glaus slabs and a couple Shawn Merriman jersey cards that he keeps as "investments."
Every time there is a scandal in the hobby, Chavis runs to defend the accused scammer or card company.
Despite trying to keep a low profile, a user sent this picture of Chavis which he denies is him.
Is it him? Who knows. Who cares....
a.k.a "5 Finger Discount"
Anyone heard of this clown since he was caught stealing cards on camera during a group break? Didn't think so. Case closed.
a.k.a "Bernie Bro"
This Bernie Sanders supporter came and ran his mouth on Sports Card Radio's Facebook page one night. Turns out that wasn't a safe space for him.
All it takes is one comment and your name and face can be on the front page of Sports Card Radio.
Looks like snowflakes melt when heat is applied.
a.k.a "Midwest Huckster"
Bowling Green, KY
Just another card collector who gets worked up about the twins showing a Rolex (or two) on Facebook.
Poor guy still hasn't fixed the battery on daddy's timex he inherited. It was the only thing daddy left poor Bradley. Hopefully he can get it fixed one day.
a.k.a "Didn't Listen"
You know it's bad when there is an entire Instagram account set up to expose your scams.
The IG account appeared after a 100+ page Blowout Forum thread called out sports card loser Eric Bitz of BuyNiceCards.com
In the thread, a "three-way" deal that went bad between Bitz and two other card fondlers was discussed.
Just know this, most guys involved with sports cards can only dream of a real ménage à trois.
Among his crimes in the sports card community, Bitz has been caught lying about and molesting his LeBron James 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite RC.
I can give Blowout Forum a break, this time why not just copy and paste from Instagram?
IG has this handy embed feature. Amazing how easy putting up sports card content has become in 2019.
Someone set up an IG account for the other known scammers, I'll do an entire page on your posts.
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Trading card scams, scandals, and shadiness are as common in the hobby as base cards.
While many are relatively minor in terms of monetary value, some reach proportions that even the scammers could never have predicted.
Card trimming & shill bidding has been widely known within card communities. However the stakes have been raised due to the money involved and the level of deception that has taken place.
Things started to heat up in April, when a Blowout Forum post outlined Will “One Touch” Jaimet’s Heroes of Sport re-pack product scam.
This led to further revelations about the shady dealings of Brent “Mastro” Huigens PWCC auction house. Seems like Brent was hip to this card trimming and wanted to cash in.
Brent just spent millions (of other people’s money) building himself a “vault” to fondle cards. And that will grab the attention of the law more than the guy shouting Brandin Cooks to 99 in his mom’s basement.
In fact, as you will see below. The most powerful institutions dedicated to upholding the law in the United States are now looking at trading card scams that were first reported on an internet forum.
Article: Gary Moser & PWCC Card Trimming/Shill Bidding Scams
Below are some trimmed screen shots of actual traffic data from sportscardradio.com. More interesting are the search terms or referral link the government agency’s used to find the site – but I don’t want Brent “Mastro” Huigens to lose any more sleep than he already has, so we’ll save those for another time.
Fairly amazing a scam that started with a post on an internet forum is being viewed by the United States FBI, Supreme Court, and U.S. House of Representatives.
So while the industry has their lawyers reading what Sports Card Radio says – we have the FBI, US Supreme Court, US House of Representatives reading what YOU are doing.
Brian Deer boasted that in the early 2000's he was making six figures in cash selling baseball cards.
"I didn't appreciate the money because frankly it had been so easy to make," Deer wrote in a 2014 social media post.
To make some of that money, Deer has been scamming collectors by selling trimmed cards and fake autographs.
Deer was called out on the Blowout Forum for selling a trimmed 2000 Fleer Showcase Tom Brady Rookie Showcase PSA 9 card for $3,989.66. The card was previously a PSA 5.
The profit was over $2,000 from just one card.
Turns out, Deer has a history of selling altered cards. An additional thread from September 2018 uncovered several trimmed Derek Jeter, LeBron James and more Brady cards.
A 2013 thread discovered he was selling a fake Jeter autograph card.
Deer has used bristolcollectibles, isellurcards and f.o.t.s.19 as some of his eBay names.
It's difficult for Deer to plead ignorant to the card trimming.
In August 2016 he sought out a University of California Berkeley student to modify a commercial paper cutter to trim 1/64" off each edge of square-shaped paper.
"I do some very detailed restoration work," Deer writes.
You can't make this stuff up.
Here are some known trimmed cards by Brian Deer:
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