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Judge Grants Sentencing Delay for 2 Former Mastro Execs

Attorneys for Doug Allen and Mark Theotikos say they need more time to contest prosecutors’ loss calculations in shill bidding that occurred from 2002-2009.

Recalling Two of the Hobby’s Major Figures

Rich Klein recalls the impact and the times of Bill Mastro and Alan ‘Mr. Mint’ Rosen.

Mastro Sentenced to 20 Months in Prison

Fromer auction company CEO Bill Mastro will be heading to federal prison after a judge handed down a sentence in the long-running case.

Government Seeks 20 Month Prison Sentence for Mastro

U.S. attorneys say more than 1,300 lots in Mastro Auctions catalogs were shill bid in less than two years.

Lawyers Ask Judge to Keep Mastro Out of Prison

Attorneys for former auction house chief Bill Mastro state their case in a request for leniency in his sentencing for fraud later this month.

Former Mastro IT Director Gets Probation, Fine

Not being honest eight years ago with FBI investigators looking into a shill bidding scheme at Mastro Auctions has led to a federal sentence for Bill Boehm.

Mastro Sentencing Date Set

Having pleaded guilty to fraud charges, former auction house executive Bill Mastro is expected to face prison time.

Probation Recommended for Mastro Employee

The former IT director for Mastro Auctions may not see prison time after federal prosecutors urged probation for his role in the company’s shill bidding scheme.

Notes: Collector Says Mastro Cost Him $300K; Home Invasion Arrest; Panini Signs Wall

An angry collector chimes in on the Mastro case, a second man is arrested for a scary sports card home robbery
and Panini will put John Wall on its packs.

Notebook: Collector’s Letter to Mastro Judge; Turkey Red Football Sighting, T206 Silver Bars

A minority owner of an MLB franchise chimes in on the Mastro Auctions case, Topps takes Turkey Red to Target and info on a new T206-pure silver product.

Mastro Employee Changes Plea

A fourth member of the team that ran Mastro Auctions is expected to plead guilty to a federal charge.

Former Mastro Exec Pleads Guilty

According to the Chicago Tribune, Mark Theotikos faces up to four years in prison.

Auction Exec Set to Change Plea in Federal Fraud Case

Doug Allen, former president of Mastro Auctions and current head of Legendary Auctions, is expected to plead guilty to shill bidding customers.

Notebook: Brown Sues; Olbermann on Mastro; Baseball Exhibit; New Beckett Hire

Jim Brown sues over his championship ring, Keith Olbermann talks about Bill Mastro, a huge baseball exhibit winds down and Beckett adds a new VP.

Mastro Pleads Guilty; Awaits Sentencing

UPDATED: Bill Mastro has pleaded guilty in a Chicago federal courtroom to mail fraud, officially acknowledged that he trimmed the $2.8 million T206 Wagner card and engaged on shill bidding.

Report: Mastro Will Plead Guilty

Former auction house exec Bill Mastro is expected to plead guilty to fraud charges early next year following court proceedings in Chicago Thursday.

Mastro Auctions Reps Facing Federal Fraud Charges

Former hobby leader Bill Mastro will cooperate with federal officials in a fraud case while attorneys for two other Mastro execs say they’re not guilty.

Q&A With Mint Condition Author Dave Jamieson

Author Dave Jamieson answers questions about his new book on the history of baseball cards–and those who had the biggest impact.