Ira started collecting sports and non-sports cards in the late 80s-early 90's and has always had a passion for the value and market of the industry. Having bought and sold since childhood, getting back into the hobby in today's fast paced and volatile online market was a perfect fit. With a business background in finance Ira brings a unique combination of experience to the hobby and The Cardboard Connection team, playing a leading role in the review and development of the many important products, features, and partnerships covered on our site.
Mike Smeth is the CEO and Founder of The Cardboard Connection. After collecting baseball cards as a child, he took a 12-year hiatus from the hobby. One muggy summer day in 2006 he unexpectedly came across his childhood card collection while packing up for a move. He began sorting through them so he could sell them on Craigslist. Somewhere between the 3rd and 4th box, he rediscovered his passion for collecting and hasn't looked back since. You can find Mike on Google+ and Twitter @mikesmethcc.
Lisa grew up in Arlington, Texas where she regularly attended Rangers games and fell in love with baseball. She began collecting her favorite players' cards when every pack came with a stick of gum. With almost every baseball release, Lisa continues to grow her collection. She is also an avid fan of WWE, MMA, comics and every genre of music.
Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.
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Brent has been a card collector since 1985 and an eBay card seller since 1995. He is one of the largest case breakers of Topps baseball products, each year busting 15-60 of most of their baseball products, as well as some football products. He is a believer in Christ and along with his wife Rebecca has two children: Luke, and Hannah.
The majority of his collection consists of Arkansas Razorback Players, Lance Berkman, Jose Canseco, Kurt Warner, Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen, Tiger Woods, Graded Baseball Rookies from 1978-now, Retired HOF Topps Heritage Autos, Base Topps and Heritage Sets, and Random HOF and Superstar Autos.
Doug Cataldo was the founder of Card Corner Club and is the co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio, the Internet's only LIVE trading card and collectibles radio show. Doug has been writing about the collectibles industry for over a decade and has been published in several magazines, newspapers and online. He has over 35 years of collecting experience and collects Reggie Jackson & Kurt Warner cards, anything Star Wars, and dust on Sunday afternoons during the NFL season.
Eric Bracke opened his first pack of cards during the summer of 1983 and has not stopped since, dabbling along the way in a few other sports. His writing career started in 2012 when he started The Snorting Bull Baseball Card Blog.
Julie has been collecting sports cards off and on for over 25 years, but truly fell back into the hobby after attending the NSCC in Baltimore in 2010. She is a Roy Halladay supercollector, and also player collects Joe Flacco. In addition, she collects any card she finds appealing, no matter the player, team, or sport. A Philadelphia suburb native, she is a die-hard Phillies fan, and roots for the Eagles. As a Baltimore suburb resident, she also loves the Ravens and Orioles. You can find her in the Layton Sports Cards group break chat room often, and sometimes she'll even bust a case there, too. Look for her on Twitter @FunnerHere.
Matt has been collecting trading cards since 1987 and began writing about them in 2008 on his blog Heartbreaking Cards of Staggering Genius. He also created the pack-a-day blog A Pack To Be Named Later and is a co-host of the Trading Card Preservation Society Podcast. You can find Matt on Twitter @Cardthulhu.
Rick Klein resides in Washington, D.C., and is Senior Washington Editor for ABC News. His collecting life stretches back through nearly 30 of his 35 years, and came of age at 109 Collectibles on Long Island, N.Y., and at shows at the Knights of Columbus in Babylon, N.Y. He is an eclectic collector, with particular interest in pre-war stars, 1950s baseball cards, Princeton alums, Walter Johnson, Hal Chase, anything Yankees, and anything and everything Dale Murphy. You can reach him on Twitter @rickklein.