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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

Solved Cases


FAKE THREATS

Mark Sapir
a.k.a "Hands Shaking"
​Ex-Topps Employee
Case Details

SOLVED 2013

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. 


FAKE CEO

Mike Smeth
Georgia
Ex-Cardboard Connection CEO
Case Details

SOLVED 2016

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. 


FAKE MANAGER

Kevin Moodhe
a.k.a "Bad Moodhe"
Ex-Topps Employee

SOLVED 2019

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.


FAKE CEO

Kevin Isaacson
Dallas, Texas
Beckett Industry Summit

SOLVED 2019

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. 


THREATS

Jon Rondolone
a.k.a "Broke Rondo"
a.k.a "MiniVan Flex"
Philadelphia, PA
Case Details

SOLVED 2019

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. 


THREATS

Nathan Wicihowski
Appleton, WI
Case Details

SOLVED 2019

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. 


FAKE ASSOCIATE

Vonte Sezan

Vonte Sezan
Albenze Law, PLC
a.k.a "Lunch Pic"
Lorain, OH
Case Details

SOLVED 2019

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.


FAKE FORUM

Chris Gilmore
a.k.a "My Forum Sucks"
Buford, GA
Case Details

SOLVED 2019

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.


BEING BROKE

Jeremy Chavis
a.k.a "Fondler"
Mom's Basement

SOLVED 2019

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....


SHADY BREAKER

Stefan Otto
a.k.a "5 Finger Discount"
Canada
Case Details

SOLVED 2019

Anyone heard of this clown since he was caught stealing cards on camera during a group break? Didn't think so. Case closed.


Eric Bitz: BuyNiceCards Trimming SCAM

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.

Eric Bitz

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. 

Scrub

Most

WANTED 

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
Case Details

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!

From Forums To The FBI – How Baseball Card Scams Are Exposed

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
Viewed By:

  • FBI Criminal Justice Information Systems
  • The Supreme Court Of The U.S.
  • U.S. House Of Representatives
  • eBay Inc

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.

Build an FBI homepage and they will come!!

Can’t be good if the US Supreme Court is reading about you shill bidding!

If Brent’s a democrat he’ll be fine. If he’s republican he’s cooked.

eBay’s Visited Every Day Since June 3rd

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.

Over the years Upper Deck, Ripping Wax, countless breakers, and most recently Leaf Trading Cards have threatened legal action against Sports Card Radio.

The Next Day The FBI Visited This Page About A Leaf Employee

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.

Keep that in mind next time you want to make yourself look tough on our Twitter, Facebook or YouTube streams.

SCRUBS!

Brian Ehricke Deer Card Trimming SCAM

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.

Brian Deer

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.

Brian Deer

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:

Most

WANTED 

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
Case Details

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!