Authors

Owner

Mike SmethMike Smeth

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.

Editorial Staff

Jennifer SmethJennifer Smeth

Jennifer Smeth is The Cardboard Connection's Chief Marketing Officer. In addition to coordinating our non-stop stream of sports card giveaways, she is President of JS Consulting Group a full-service boutique marketing and publicity company that specializes in offering services to non-profits, companies and individuals.

Ryan CracknellRyan Cracknell

Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

Trey TreutelTrey Treutel

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. As an adult, 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.

Writing Staff

brentandbeccabrentandbecca

Visit Brent's @brentandbecca.

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 CataldoDoug Cataldo

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.

Julie DevelinJulie Develin

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.

Nate SpringfieldNate Springfield

Nate recently got back into the hobby after buying a couple blaster boxes of 2012 Topps Series 1. Since then he has tried to open as many packs of various products that his bank account will allow. His passion for baseball is not limited to cards. He is an avid fantasy baseball player as well as contributing at Baseball Press as a writer and host of the site’s podcast. Nate is working on building a reputable personal collection of cards featuring players from his favorite team, the Chicago Cubs. He has also decided to go after rookie and/or autograph cards of any current and future Hall-of-Famer born during his lifetime. Nate can be found on Twitter at @NateSpringfield.

Paul LeskoPaul Lesko

Paul Lesko is a shareholder at Simmons Hanly Conroy and the chair of its Intellectual Property Department (http://www.simmonsfirm.com). Don’t hold the fact that Paul is a lawyer against him, he’s also a rabid baseball and college basketball fan, and an avid baseball card collector. Paul can be found on Twitter @Paul_Lesko and Google+.

Rick KleinRick Klein

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.

Rob BertrandRob Bertrand

Rob Bertrand is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby. He is one of the site's most accomplished writers, as well as the co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio. You can follow him on Twitter @VOTC.