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Curveball Sports Cards Bowman Group Break SCAM?

Another day, another group breaker accused of scamming. Hobby store Curveball Sports Cards, Gaming and Collectibles in Michigan is accused of swapping out cards during a group break. 

Collectors began blowing up Curveball's Facebook and Twitter pages and subsequently shop owner Mike Wilson deleted some social media accounts associated with the business. 

See if you can spot if he switched cards out for yourself!

Wilson did post a message on his personal account claiming his innocence. 

We called a business phone number associated with Curveball Sports Cards and left a message.

Wilson or anyone else associated with Curveball Sports Cards is invited to share their story on the R-Rated Podcast

Curveball Sports Cards is not the only group breaker who has been involed with controversy. DnT Sports Cards was caught swapping out cards during a break in May 2017.

Group Breakers have little to no barrier of entry and oversight. Card companies like Topps are more concerned with kicking dealers off Amazon than protecting customers in a break. 

Here is a write up about Curveball Sports Cards from a local newspaper.

More updates to follow as story develops.

Topps Says No Listing MLB Products on Amazon

Topps sent a cleverly worded statement to some Amazon sellers in early September, stating the company had a policy against listing any of their MLB products on the #1 e-commerce website.

The selling ban covers new and old Topps unopened MLB items. It presumably does not include single cards or used goods, although those aren’t top sellers. Topps made it clear in their statement that sellers are allowed to sell other Topps licensed brands on Amazon.

Source: Daily Wax Cards

It’s unclear if and how the selling ban will be enforced. Amazon will not ask sellers to remove items until Topps or MLB takes further action.

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Firehand Cards Group Breaker HACKED!

The Godfather of Group Breaking got hacked! An email from Firehand Cards CEO Chad Redfern sent to customers on August 30th states several customer accounts were tampered with.

According to the email, no payment card data or bank account information was impacted. Firehand promises new security features “to ensure nothing like this will ever happen again.” A new Firehand website is expected to launch in September.

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“Vegas Dave” Fraudulent PSA Michael Jordan RC Card

Notorious high stakes gambler David Oancea, who is better known as Vegas Dave, has been making waves in the sports card world. He’s reportedly been throwing around big money buying high end graded cards.

Update: In May 2018, Vegas Dave reportedly purchased a Mike Trout Superfractor for $400,000 on eBay.

Update: May 2018 – Vegas Dave did an interview with Steel City Collectibles where he talks about the Jordan situation. Starts at 16:30. Recap posted within this article.

But perhaps not everything in Oancea’s life is what it seems.

On June 1, 2017 Vegas Dave boasted about this PSA 10 Michael Jordan rookie card on his Facebook and Instagram pages.

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Topps T206 Buyback Fraud

Some guys will do anything to make a buck in the hobby.

During the 2000’s Topps released a set dubbed Topps 206. Randomly inserted into packs were buybacks of original T206 tobacco cards.

The scam centers around putting an authentic or counterfeit T206 card into a holder of a common card from the Topps 206 set.

Generally, collectors will pay a slight premium for the T206 buybacks over a regular T206.

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