Bill Mastro Pleads Guilty, Admits Trimming Famous T206 Honus Wagner Card
Yesterday, one-time pioneering sports memorabilia dealer and auctioneer, Bill Mastro plead guilty to one count of mail fraud. The charge was related to illegal shill bidding at his former auction house, MastroNet Auctions.
In addition, Mastro publicly admitted to trimming the famous T206 Honus Wagner card that put his company, and others, on the map in the world of sports memorabilia and vintage trading cards. Known by hobbyists simply as The Card, it has long been a story of folklore and legend in the relatively tight-knit world of sports collectors.
With these revelations detailed and now fully come to light, it adds one more chapter to the never-ending story of the PSA 8 T206 Honus Wagner, whose story has been well publicized outside of hobby circles due to the immense wealth it takes to simply own it.
The US Attorney's office of the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, released a lengthy plea agreement in which they are asking that Mastro be sentenced to between 57 and 60 months in prison. As part of the deal, Mastro, who was hoping to avoid any potential cooperation related to the government's ongoing investigations of the memorabilia and auction industries, is being compelled to do so.
As a result, Bill Mastro may be called as a witness against his former business partners and associates who may eventually be caught up in future investigations.
Additionally, the federal government filed what they described as a new superseding indictment that can be read in its entirety here. While the indictment is against Bill Mastro and his former employees, Doug Allen and Mark Theotoki, it is interesting to note that only Mastro is listed on the indictment caption header.