Card collectors everywhere are SHOOK that their "investments" may be taking a nose dive.
News of golden boy Mike Trout allegedly using HGH has sent card collectors to social media and forums to clock in and defend the MLB star.
Blowout Forum has a thread that drips with fanboys falling over themselves to defend Trout.
A "doctor" chimed in to say HGH doesn't treat the condition Trout "had", supposedly a thyroid disorder.
Dorks, if Trout was taking HGH it was to get BUFF. Any medical condition was just a cover so he could use steroids "legally."
One Trout collector that doesn't seem concerned is Vegas Dave.
He purchased the 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Mike Trout Superfractor 1/1 autograph for $400,000 in 2018.
Lately, Vegas Dave has stopped caring about sports cards once he got with bombshell Holly Sonders. Can you blame him?
Sports Card Radio asked a simple question on our Facebook page.
The choice is easy unless you're a card fondler obsessed with pictures of men.
Keep hugging your slabs. Scrubs.
Small Traditions LLC owner David Thorn is being accused of some big time card trimming.
Blowout Forum member, 3124508 on COMC, lays out significant evidence that shows many before and after items that have been trimmed or altered by Thorn.
In addition to the card trimming, Thorn is believed to have a special relationship with PSA.
Thorn has attended invite only PSA events where high volume submitters like Small Traditions are able to meet with PSA’s graders in order to discuss discrepancies with cards that appear to be under-graded.
According to a letter Thorn sent Small Tradition customers, "the PSA Invitational event is one of the best opportunities of the year to realize successful reviews, when an under-graded card can be discussed in person and “bumped” to the next grading level."
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Small Traditions also sponsors PSA's monthly sweepstakes, a contest for members on PSA's email list.
Thorn is also accused of creating fake provenance for many items sold through Small Traditions.
To make his auction description look and sound better, Thorn will create fake "finds", fake collection breaks, and fake consignors. In actuality, these items were things Thorn purchased individually on his Smalltraditions eBay account, and in most cases, are also trimmed.
Despite the card trimming relations of 2019, it didn't hurt PSA's business.
In fact, 2019 was a record year for the company. PSA has achieved revenue growth in 32 out of the last 33 quarters.
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Some collectors are shocked that the 2019 Bowman Draft Adley Rutschman Supefractor 1/1 was graded a 10 by Professional Sports Authenticaor (PSA).
The card originally sold ungraded for $23,088 on December 22, 2019 by seller RookieStar601.
Here is some of the collector outrage over the Rutschman Superfractor. PSA even deleted some of the replies to their social media post.
The 'Jersey Shore' of sports card breakers has lost his mind.
Platinum Card Breaks got called out for putting this 1/1 Prizm Lauri Markkanen inside a one touch so the edges get mashed.
Triggered by online haters, Platinum Card breaks allegedly purchased the card for $600. Only to then rip it up on Instagram Live for everyone to see.
Dorks like Platinum Card Breaks get full allocation of any product. Meanwhile, ask your local hobby shop how many boxes of Prizm Basketball they got..... if they are still in business.
Former NFL player Evan Mathis has been accused of trimming sports cards.
News of the scandal broke on the Blowout Forum website.
Most card trimmers use PWCC, Probstein and COMC to sell their questionable inventory.
One of his old eBay accounts, cardquest12, has left buyer feedback for a paper trimmer dating back to 2017.
Several articles have been written about Mathis and his collection including:
Forbes: The Ex-NFL Star Who Sold The $2.9 Million Mickey Mantle Card Has Big Plans
USA Today: Ex-NFL lineman Evan Mathis selling prized Mickey Mantle card
Beckett: Eagles Guard Evan Mathis Shows Off His Impressive Collection
Mathis has defended himself on a now deleted Reddit thread and posted a meme of O.J. Simpson "the glove doesn't fit" on Sports Card Radio's Facebook page.
Cards trimmed include this 1971 Topps Thurman Munson.