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2020 Topps Series 1 Million Card Rip Party Flops

Topps tried to begin the baseball card season with a bang. Instead it was a snooze fest.

They held the world's largest baseball card group break...... at a football stadium?

Collectors were fed up with the boring nature of the event.

One huge complaint from viewers were that breakers moved too fast while opening cards. Highlights from a Blowout Thread are below.

"As fast as some of these guys manhandle through these cards, they are bound to miss some of this years parallels." - Back on the Cards

"Wow, just as I feared, the dude running the break I joined is FLYING through, manhandling every card, only slowing down to sleeve the worthless patch "hits." - Ugli Baby

"LOL they had a hot mic at the beginning, heard them talking crap about Sports Card Radio." - Lucky Card 22

"Yikes, watching the Topps feed is rough! You would think they would have someone roaming the room and asking about any good cards that were pulled. Hopefully the breakers are providing some commentary. These mini commercials really don’t add much." - TarjetasBéisbol

"Watched about 15 minutes of 3 breakers. Terrible at best. Mowing thru cards like an anteater at a ant mound." - SB Macho Man

"Brutal how fast they are breaking boxes. I think it's a pretty poor marketing strategy showing breakers just fly through every box to hit a million cards." - Cypher

"From what I've seen, this was a disaster. Poor video feeds. Breakers not even showing any cards except relics, autos, etc. Not watching for SPs. Passing over foils of rookies. They clearly don't know much about S1." - Davis

"I was watching a pretty well known breaker on Instagram during the event earlier in the day. After seeing the person struggle with the name of a pretty well known Hall of Famer that he just pulled, I was done." - Hallco


One group breaker, Kyle Rino of Moster Breaks, sold some boxes via an illegal online raffle. Yikes!


Some breakers also advertised and sold breaks without shipping base cards.

Series 1 is such a base heavy product it's a bad look for Topps to allow this.  

Maybe Topps can do better next time. 

Phil Hughes Accused of Rigging Group Break

Former MLB pitcher Phil Hughes said on Twitter he might be done with sports card "group breaks" after haters accused him of being shady during a 2019 Topps Transcendent Baseball break.

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> Phil's Pulls eBay Account

YouTube user George Bozinovski pointed out that the video cuts out during the break. 

The video is edited and was not recorded live. 

Most sports card "group breaks" are performed live on camera. 

Hughes was opening the product for group breaker "Cheap Fun Breaks."

Customers who purchased a spot in the break were made aware that the case opening would not be recorded live. Hughes did have one spot in the break. 

Blowback from the break and the reaction from Hughes mostly occurred on social media app Twitter.

Card fondlers get uptight when you "flex" or show off anything nice unless it's a (trimmed) slab.  

The best part of the Transcendent break was that Hughes had game used batting gloves, with a Yankees World Series ring on, while popping Veuve Clicquot champagne. 

Charlie Barokas is a Sports Card Trimmer

More sports card dealers are getting exposed for their involvement in altering and trimming cards. 

As far back as 2006, Charles "Charlie" Barokas of Mercer Island, Washington has been accused of card trimming.

News of the scam broke on the Blowout Forum

Sports Card Radio reached out to Barokas for comment through eBay. Barokas denies being a card trimmer.

Charles Barokas

Barokas buys graded cards on eBay, trims or alters them, gets PSA to re-grade the cards, and then sells them through third-party consignors such as Probstein123, Steven Novella, and Heritage Auctions. 

> Card Trimmers eBay Account

Rick Probstein

Barokas trimmed this 1950 Bowman Tobin Rote and earned a tidy $1,974 in profit. 

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Mike Trout HGH Rumors Put Card Fondlers on Suicide Watch

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. 

> Mike Trout Cards For Sale

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 Accused of Card Trimming

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. 

> Original Forum Thread

3124508 on COMC is the same forum member who has helped expose numerous card trimmers including Gary "Scissor Hands" Moser and former NFL player Evan Mathis

In addition to the card trimming, Thorn is believed to have a special relationship with PSA.

David Thorn

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."

PSA CEO Joe Orlando

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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