Authors

Owner

fc1b86aa41c7b21ab2143f9ded7db2f4 96 ImageMike 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

9dae33b59b50f8ab93481aa8207b56bb 96 ImageJennifer Smeth
Jennifer Smeth joins The Cardboard Connection team as its Chief Marketing Officer and co-owner along with her husband, Mike. While her knowledge of sports memorabilia and collectibles has been gleaned from her marriage, Jennifer’s father ensured she has been waving a Terrible Towel since Super Bowl XIV when the Pittsburgh Steelers snagged a spot in NFL history. Jennifer brings more than 15 years of marketing, event planning, public relations and social media experience to The Cardboard Connection. Her strength is brand development, execution of strategic strategies and community relationships. In her spare time, Jennifer is a stay-at-home mom to the Smeths’ two daughters and she also owns one of the world's fastest growing, independently owned book and literary review websites, Book-alicious Mama. You can find Jennifer on Twitter @bookaliciousmom and Google+.
f7b950bd5c17cf7dcbc715d2c246b34a 96 ImageRyan 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+.
e70fa6abccea33c56129905253446179 96 ImageTrey 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

8a506a3713f6eeec222af945cbd4e489 96 Imagebrentandbecca

Visit Brent's eBay Store and catch him on Twitter @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.

b1a6d5d2d1167025b39b0633e48c49ec 96 ImageChris Stufflestreet
Chris is an avid vintage sports card collector who is The Cardboard Connection's resident expert of all things vintage.
020451df34c0d7a4708cbde96dc4cb1e 96 ImageDoug 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.
34e4796e709d9c5a67f7e364d73ffbe1 96 ImageKevin Ransom
Kevin began collecting as a child during the 1990s boom of sports cards. After a short hiatus, he returned in 2005 when he learned of the new technologies that brought you closer to your favorite players. Today, he continues to collect players from his favorite teams and writes on his blog at SportsCardBlog.net. Outside of card collecting, he is currently a graduate student at George Washington University getting his Master's in Security and Safety Leadership. Find him on Twitter @SportsCardBlog.
 ImageLou Ruggiano
Lou started collecting in 1973 at the age of seven. As a teen Lou sorted vending boxes into sets for a local dealer to earn money to keep his collecting habit at full strength. Lou works in the construction field, that takes him all over the tri-state area (NJ,PA,DE) and that allows him to find all the local card shops on his lunch breaks. He searches for those hard to find Mike Schmidt cards and looks to find every Eric Lindros card he doesn't have. He also has had the ear of the collectors while working in two different card shops in his spare time.
 ImageNate 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.
 ImagePaul 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+.
3864311bfc9b5e085f329357da354db8 96 ImageRick 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.
3059b4a677b547d71121be611116eee7 96 ImageRob 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.