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Crazy Uncle Auction Scandal: Customer Items Left in RAIN!

Be careful using Crazy Uncle Auctions! Yes, someone named their business that.

According to Net54 user, CJ Dave, over $500,000 worth of items were DUMPED outside his house when they didn't sell during a Crazy Uncle auction. 

Several other forum users described problems when buying & selling items.

Crazy Uncle is run by Aaron Rothschild, a former Senior Auction Coordinator at Steiner Sports.

Aaron Rothschild

Crazy Uncle's first auction was in October 2019. An address for the business came back to a 750 sq/ft office in Harrison, NY. 

Forum user CJ Dave claimed he consigned $500K - $750K worth of items in March of 2020 to Crazy Uncle. Many of those items were supposed to have a "reserve", meaning if they didn't reach a certain price, they weren't supposed to be sold. But some of those items were sold for an amount under the reserve. Rothschild claims that it was caused by a computer glitch.

Despite the issues from March 2020 auction, CJ Dave decided to consign an additional $500,000 worth of items in the next Crazy Uncle auction. 

Once again items are sold that should of had reserves that were not met.

But things then get worse. Unsold items were dumped in front of CJ Dave's house. Not once, but twice. Wow. Here is how he describes the events:

Not Once....

While I am at work today I see on my home cameras that all the "unsold" items from the auction were dumped in front of my house.....about 30 feet from the street in plain view for anyone to see.


I would estimate over $500K worth of collectibles were just put in front of my house, some in boxes, many just out in the open and easily distinguishable as to what the item was.


Quickly, I cancelled all my meetings and dashed home for an hour drive as fast as possible so that I could get these items inside and not stolen. 


I called Aaron repeatedly until he picked up. I asked if he was kidding me, his response: "You said you don't want to do business with me anymore so here's your sh*t back."


I told him those items were stored and locked away, not to be placed in front of my home in 95 degree heat. These are one of a kind historical documents signed by our founding fathers (Washington, Adams, Jefferson, etc.) and signed by Lincoln, Kennedy, every President and Vice President. Had I not had cameras of my home on my computer, those items would be sitting out for anyone to steal and to be destroyed in the heat until I got home about 10 hours later. His response, "Not my problem anymore."

But Twice....


So as a further update to everyone, and just when I thought Aaron from Crazy Uncle's couldn't:
a) stoop any lower, 
b) couldn't have any less regard for other peoples hard earned and cherished property and
c) couldn't act with any less professionalism and class that he has alread.

As I am on vacation this weekend away from home with my family, I get a call from a neighbor that another large batch of my stuff was dumped in front of my house DURING A TROPICAL STORM!!!!


By the time I had the neighbor grab the items for me, they said many of the boxes were soaked! I have no idea what items are in the boxes as I won't be home until later tonight, but by the quantity of items, this is at least another $250K worth of my valuable collection!

I ask this....where and when does this ABSURDITY end?

Several hobby outlets have helped promote Crazy Uncle Auctions, including multiple articles written on the blog for Blowout Sports Cards.

Rothschild was a guest on the PSA's Great American Collectibles Show, Episode 189, dated June 17, 2020.

Scammers Run Scammers Exposed Facebook Group

You’d think a Facebook group devoted to exposing scammers in the sports card hobby would be a safe place.

Think again.

In the often shady world of sports cards – things are not always what they seem

Last April, disgraced breaker Nathan Burns of Grand Slam Collectibles broke 25 cases of Heroes of Sport – a product riddled with trimmed cards from convicted felon Will Jaimet.

The product exposed the shady world of card trimming, and eventually led to an FBI investigation.

You’d think Burns, Jaimet, and the others associated with the scam would be exposed on sites devoted to exposing scammers.

Think again.

Burns is an advertiser on the Scammers Exposed Facebook group.

Any negative comments about Burns are scrubbed. And he’s not the only one.

Last year Stephen Michael, owner of Filthbomb Breaks, sold a trimmed Mickey Mantle to a collector. When the collector posted about the incident on the Facebook group – the post was deleted.

Why?

Because Filthbomb Breaks was an advertiser.

But it gets worse …..

Chris Gilmore

For over a year, collectors have been waiting on Chris Gilmore, a moderator on the Scammers Exposed page, and breaker for Vintage Breaks to deliver on a group PSA submission.

The collectors are still waiting.

The supposed 45-day turnaround has lasted over a year.

Gilmore’s response: “Just tell them all to f*ck off”

After a victimized collector got upset about the long wait, Ron Steven Marion, another admin of the Scammers Exposed Facebook Group, messaged the collectors’ place of employment and threatened to leave negative reviews about the business.

Marion later bragged about it to the group.

Collectors are still waiting for their cards.

Some victims feel Gilmore kept the customers’ cards for himself – and the delay is due to the fact he needed to purchase cards in lesser condition to submit.

If you question where your cards are a year later – moderators of the Scammers Exposed Group will call the HR department where you work.

This hobby is full of greedy scumbags.

Recently another moderator of the Facebook Scammers Exposed, Drew Herndon, invited Luis Molina – who runs a cleaning/trimming service for getting cards higher grades onto The Hobby Hotline Show. (link takes you to where the interview starts).

Despite being banned by all the major grading services since 2018, Luis is allowed to promote his service.

A search of Luis’ name in the Scammers website reveals:

Wonder if he’s a paying advertiser as well?

Ultimately the Facebook Scammers Exposed group & website is simply a slush fund to collect bounties from other scammers – and a feeding ground for the moderators to conduct scams themselves.

With card values never being higher – you wonder why dorks like this have to stoop to these levels. But the hobby seems to attract cockroaches. Be careful.

Card Collector Sues Panini & Beckett Over Tom Brady RC Card

Sports Card Exchange owner Luis Papa is suing Panini America and Beckett Grading Services (BGS) over a trimmed 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady autograph rookie card. 

Papa is seeking damages of at least $200,000 and an additional amount for mental anguish. 

Card dorks are a special breed. 

Louis Papa

Here is the backstory on the case.

Panini released 2016 Honors Football, and inside boxes were some buyback autograph cards.

The biggest hit in the entire product was a 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady autograph rookie card. 

Papa didn't pull the card directly, he purchased the card from a fellow dealer in 2018.

After acquiring the card, Papa sent it to BGS, and the card came back an 8.5.

Papa wanted BGS to put a special '1/1' designation on the holder but BGS refused.

Upset, Papa took the card to Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA). When PSA looked at the card they said it was trimmed.

Upon hearing the card was trimmed according to PSA, Panini & BGS took another look at the card.  After a second look, on August 14, 2018 BGS came back and agreed with PSA, the Brady card was trimmed.

Papa now wants BGS and Panini to provide compensation for the trimmed Brady. 

This case could help solve another hobby mystery. Was the Brady Contenders pulled by Dustin Clay of DnT Sports Cards on the now infamous 'Brandin Cooks #/99' video?

>DnT Sports Cards Group Break Scam<

Papa denies knowing Clay.

Panini in their response to the lawsuit made several compelling points.  

>Panini America's Legal Response

  • Panini is not the manufacturer of the card. Playoff Corporation printed and released the Card sixteen (16) years before Panini acquired the card, which Panini re-released in its 2016 Honors Football set.
  • When Panini acquired the card, it had already been graded, sealed, and slabbed by Beckett Grading Services.
  • Papa, who purchased the card from a third—party on the secondary market did not acquire or receive the card directly from Panini; nor did Panini make any representations to Papa in the context of that transaction, two years after Panini released its 2016 Honors Football set.

A jury trial is currently scheduled for 8/31/2020.

After some initial communication, Papa blocked an account associated with Sports Card Radio. Papa requested to appear on a podcast, but Sports Card Radio was not interested. 

Sports Card Radio Called to Testify – Leaf Trading Cards Objects!

Hear ye, hear ye!

The honorable Upper Deck Trading Card Company is seeking the expert testimony of Sports Card Radio owners Colin and Ryan Tedards.

In UD's prolonged court battle with rival card company Leaf Trading Cards, the Tedards twins could be the key to knocking out CEO Brian Gray forever. 

In a dramatic response, lawyers for Leaf Trading Cards are seeking to block the expert testimony of the sports card podcasting moguls.

Only a judge can decide what will happen next. 

Stay tuned for exclusive updates on Sports Card Radio.

Adjourned. 

2020 Topps Industry Conference Live Blog

News, insight and coverage from the 2020 Topps Industry Conference, February 23-25, 2020. 

Ryan returns to his old stomping grounds to see what is happening in the world of sports cards.

PODCAST: Show #231 2020 Topps Industry Conference Recap Show


Tuesday 1:49 pm

Group Breakers don't make money breaking Topps Transcendent Baseball. Sales don't equal profit. 


Tuesday 1:46 pm

Group Breakers pushing Topps to create a breaker friendly Topps Heritage sku.


Tuesday 1:33 pm

Topps: 'The Rock' autographs are almost impossible to get into a product. Hulk Hogan is very difficult.


Tuesday 1:25 pm

Topps looking to launch new case break event at The National 2020. Similar to The Million Card Rip Party.


Tuesday 1:14 pm

Some shop owners (that have a direct account with Topps) are frustrated that they are required to buy a minimum amount of product, but group breakers are not. 


Tuesday 1:08 pm

Despite a booming sports card market, Topps was worried at the start of 2019 when Series 1 Baseball didn't sell as well as anticipated. 2020 has started off much better according to Topps GM David Leiner.


Tuesday 11:25 am

If you saw some previews of a new Topps Chrome Basketball, Topps GM David Leiner said that product doesn't exist anymore. 


Tuesday 11:18 am

2020 Topps Series 1 saw about a 10% increase in production over 2019 S1.


Tuesday 10:52 am

Neil Young "Keep on Rocking in the Free World" playing during a break in the conference. 


Tuesday 10:24 am

If you buy Scott's "Miracle-Gro" there is a chance you'll find Topps baseball cards inside someday. 


Tuesday 9:46 am

National Baseball Card Day will be three weekends in a row this year. 


Tuesday 9:08 am

Topps creating new program "1/1."

People will be able to make their own card, design, pick image, and bring it to an event to get signed by an athlete. 


Tuesday 9:05 am

Topps Star Wars stuff


Tuesday 9:02 am

Topps WWE stuff


Tuesday 8:57 am

Topps MLS stuff


Tuesday 8:55 am

New Topps licenses


Tuesday 8:50 am

2020 Topps Transcendent details


Tuesday 8:48 am

2020 Topps Allen & Ginter Chrome. Hobby only


Tuesday 8:48 am

2020 Topps Big League


Tuesday 8:43 am

2020 Topps Pro Debut getting Jumbo boxes


Tuesday 8:43 am

2020 Topps Stadium Club Chrome Update


Tuesday 8:41 am

2020 Topps Sterling


Tuesday 8:41 am

Luis Robert will be in Series 2


Tuesday 8:37 am

Idea to put box topper in jumbo products came from a dealer. 


Tuesday 8:35 am

New Topps brand manager, Aaron Abrams, used to work at Upper Deck.


Tuesday 8:28 am

Pearl Jam "Jeremy" playing just before conference starts. 

At home drawing pictures... of mountain tops....... with him on top......


Tuesday 8:27 am

A little warmer if you sit toward the back of the room.


Tuesday 8:18 am

Dealer: "I'm so tired I was up until 3 am." 


Tuesday 8:15 am

Free stuff from Topps. 


Tuesday 8:12 am

Metallica 'Enter Sandman' playing as dealers eat breakfast.


Tuesday 7:47 am

Last day of the conference. Kris Bryant was the guest at the axe throwing event. If it was Buster Posey and I missed it, I would have felt a twinge of regret. 


Monday 5:08 pm

Skipping the axe throwing event to hang out with a girl I met while living in Arizona. 


Monday 4:09 pm

Shop owner Indy Card Exchange has over 600 active kids club members. Over 150 have signed up this year alone. 


Monday 4:01 pm

Dealer asked audience what to give girls who come into the shop and don't collect cards, someone shouted, "Beanie Babies."


Monday 3:49 pm

Best dressed from this shop owner trio is "Meelypops" (far left). His shoe game elevated him to the top.


Monday 3:29 pm

National Baseball Card Day is August 8. 


Monday 3:29 pm

Dealer: "It's so cold in here, that's why they gave us those free blankets."


Monday 3:25 pm

Single player electronic Craps machine. Wow, not sure I've seen that. Almost skipped the next presentation to fire off. 


Monday 3:00 pm

Soundgarden's 'Spoonman' being played during the snack break.


Monday 2:47 pm

Best dressed, Bundesliga presenter. 


Monday 2:32 pm

The MLS renewed its exclusive card license with Topps.

A complicated process this year, as the MLS players recently unionized. The players forced the league to seek bids from other card companies but Topps still prevailed. 


Monday 2:30 pm

The Vayner Media presentation ended with a video message from Gary Vee encouraging the group to use IG ads.


Monday 12:54 pm

Stone dead freezing in the conference room. Maybe the poor dealers buried under snow half the year are used to the cold temps. 


Monday 12:43 pm

Some of the beef with Tom Fish of Blowout Cards comes from the 2018 National.

Ryan was shooting a video of the wax box sellers at the show. It's something he's done for many years. The videos are positive and can be seen as free promotion for the companies there. 

Fish approached Ryan during this video and told him to stop filming the Blowout table.

The next day Ryan walked by the Blowout table and asked Fish in front a large group of people if "he fixed his website yet."


Monday 12:40 pm

There was a point in the Star Wars presentation when the bass from the movie trailer rattled a light fixture off the wall. Or was it "the force" they speak about?


Monday 12:30 pm

So far it's roughly the same content as the 2019 conference. Topps typically, even in their card sets, just copies the same playbook year after year. 


Monday 12:01 pm

Another beautiful day in Arizona. A truly charmed place. 


Monday 12:01 pm

The Star Wars presentation is always on point. I don't know much about the series, but I learn a lot during this conference. 

Disney+ had 28.6m subscriptions in its 1Q launch. The old movies can make as much as the new movies. 

I love how they clearly define their fanbase. From gamers, to collectors, to kids, it feels like the company has a plan for everyone. In my opinion, the same can't be said when Topps, Panini, or Upper Deck talks about the fanbase of card collectors. 


Monday 10:58 am

Sublime "Santeria" playing on the loud speaker before Star Wars presentation. 


Monday 10:45 am

A visibly angry Tom Fish of Blowout Cards verbally calls out Ryan of Sports Card Radio in the hallway. 

Fish: "You are garbage" 

Ryan: (fresh from a smoke break in the Tesla) "Why do you think that?"

Fish: "You and your site. You don't write about any of the other sites that crash. You are garbage."

Ryan: (still high) "I wrote about Topps?" (Actually twice. LOL. Topps Hacked, Topps Hacked Again)

Fish: (walking away) "You are a joke, you're garbage."

Ryan: (buzz not killed) "What other sites?"

Fish: (no response).


Monday 10:24 am

Break in the action until 11 am local time, a Star Wars presentation coming up next. 


Monday 10:10 am

Topps gave away a box of 2020 Topps Heritage Baseball. The product has not come out yet. 


Monday 10:10 am

Schaefer: doing contests to get positive reviews written about you online is illegal. 


Monday 10:04 am

Schaefer mentions Lululemon. A staple of the twins wardrobe. 

Interesting that two of the brands the twins promote, Lululemon and Tesla, were given as positive examples in marketing during the presentation. 


Monday 9:48 am

Schaefer mentions Tesla having a bigger market cap than Ford. 

I find it interesting that Tesla doesn't advertise and the only haters are people who can't afford the cars or are short the stock. 


Monday 9:45 am

I personally find many of the marketing and social media communication from dealers and breakers comes off as fake.


Monday 9:36 am

Keynote speaker Mark W. Schaefer giving a broad overview of marketing. 

Enjoyable for someone like me, but this group of shop owners, dealers, and breakers could perhaps use much more targeted content.


Monday 9:00 am

Topps MLB exclusive runs through 2025


Monday 8:52 am

Anonymous dealer: The Upper Deck Conference blows this one away.


Monday 8:51 am

Top selling MLB jerseys


Monday 8:47 am

Michael Posner, Director, Authentication at MLB going over some of the nuts and bolts events and reach of the league. 

Not much card content. 


Monday 8:35 am

Conference was sold out this year

Video message from Ryan Braun and other MLB players welcoming attendees. 

NO live video from the show. But you can live blog!


Monday 8:07 am

Another card trimmer exposed on Blowout Forum. Dennis Pevarnic of South Lake Tahoe, CA is accused of selling trimmed and altered cards mostly through card shows.

See more card trimmers on the Sports Card Radio homepage


Monday 8:03 am

Morning free stuff from Topps. Altuve was one of the worst autos you could hit. 


Monday 8:00 am

Aerosmith 'Janie Got a Gun' playing on the speakers as conference attendees eat breakfast. 


Monday 6:40 am

Last nights date went so well she ended up with Ryan's gray Lululemon hoodie!


Sunday 9:18 pm

Nobody else had a Rolex in the building. Most dealers are in a mode right now where they are spending like crazy to try and scale up their business. 


Sunday 8:30 pm

Angels prospect Jo Adell was feeling the Rolex.


Sunday 7:30 pm

Cut-off sleeve t-shirts are a bad look even for a semi casual event. 


Sunday 7:24 pm

Long conversation between GTS Distribution owner and Blowout Cards owner Tom Fish.


Sunday 7:22 pm

Angels prospect Jo Adell will sign autographs


Sunday 7:19 pm

The Spring Rolls were good


Sunday 6:52 pm

Overheard: "Last year we got a bunch of good free s*** from here. This year I know it's all down hill.


Sunday 6:50 pm

Guy to girl ratio 20:1.


Sunday 6:47 pm

Some signage and employees working 


Sunday 6:35 pm

Awkward moments sponsored by Sports Card Radio as several members of the Most Wanted List make efforts to avoid interaction in the tight hallways at the conference. 


Sunday 6:31 pm

Will there be a drunk version of Pack Wars from the "Rip Master" again like 2019?

Here is The Master doing a sober version of the game.


Sunday 6:25 pm

Rock memorabilia in the hotel lobby includes a guitar from Chris Isaak. The signer is from twin's hometown of Stockton, CA. 


Sunday 6:15 pm

A quick break in beautiful Arizona


Sunday 5:35 pm

Schedule for the conference.


Sunday 5:27 pm

In the discussion for worst dressed. Shorts WAAAAY too short, jersey looks like his little league one, might have suggested contact lenses if he has them when wearing a jersey.

A total mess.


Sunday 5:25 pm

What came inside the Topps Silver Pack


Sunday 5:22 pm

Free stuff handed out when you registered for the conference.


Sunday 3:14 pm

There is pole near Arizona State University with baseball cards stapled as high as you can reach.


Sunday 2:06 pm

Sports cards have been red hot. I expect to see these dealers looking crisp. Here is my day one outfit. Check back as I will critique the attire of some of the conference attendees. 

Shirt: '2 Legit' Essence Cannabis Dispensary - Las Vegas - T-Shirt
Pants: Lululemon ABC Pants - Size 34
Shoes: Jordan 6 Rings - Size 13
Watch: Rolex Daytona (Colin's)


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