Dom Brown’s Father Seems to Have Irked One Local Card Shop

Screen Shot 2013-07-01 at 3.10.46 PMThe first comment on the most recent post on Carl’s Cards’ Facebook page sums this story up rather nicely: Another Eric Lindros all over again.

Earlier today, Carl’s Cards, the Havertown cards and collectibles shop that routinely hosts local athletes for signings, posted a rather pointed announcement on Facebook about the cancellation of a scheduled Dom Brown autograph session:

Due to extreme unforeseen circumstances surrounding Domonic Brown’s father, our autograph signing with Domonic Brown has been canceled. Here, at Carl’s Cards we have done everything we possibly could to make this work. Unfortunately, because of his father’s lack of cooperation we could not get him to change his mind. We have a signed contract in hand, but he has chosen to no longer honor it based on Dom’s recent All Star performance. We are just as disappointed to make this announcement as you are. We were really looking forward to this signing. If you have already purchased tickets, please notify us if you would like a refund or if you would like to exchange your ticket for an upcoming autograph signing. Please direct any and all questions/concerns to or

Once again, we apologize for any inconvenience this causes, but this is completely and unfortunately out of our hands. We at Carl’s Cards hate these sorts of situations.


I reached out to the owner, Carl, to see what exactly happened. He said that Brown, through his father, was booked for the signing when Brown “had four home runs.” But now that Brown has quickly become an All-Star candidate, his father has voided the signed contract for the autograph session, which was originally scheduled to take place on July 15, the night of the Home Run Derby. Carl had offered to move the signing to July 29, an off-day for the Phillies, and for some time that seemed to be the target date. But this week, Brown’s father officially cancelled.

Carl said it had nothing to do with money – he says he offered Brown more (all profits from the event) – and instead hinted that the cancellation was a result of what happens when “modern day parents get involved.” He made it clear that his issue wasn’t with Brown, the player, who “used to handle his own stuff.”

Carl, through a business partner, had previously worked with Brown with no issue.

Carl’s Cards is offering a refund or credit on pre-sold tickets for the signing– they were expecting as many as 400 people. They don’t plan on taking the issue of the voided contract any further.

Shit happens with athletes and business, so this isn’t a huge deal. And the stories surrounding Brown are usually are quite positive. But this is a glimpse into what can happen when rapid success and parents cloud the judgement and decision-making abilities of young athletes. These signings aren’t just goodwill, either. Players get paid quite well (relative) for doing stuff like this, and it certainly doesn’t hurt their image. Canceling, and having a local shop make a stink about it on social media, however… well, it has the opposite effect.

[Full disclosure: Our long-time advertiser – Sports Vault – being a potential competitor of Carl’s Cards had no impact on this post.]

H/T to reader Chris


  1. Christina Lurie's Left Tit

    July 1, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Dom’s daddy don’t do business with no crazy ass crackas.

  2. Christina Lurie's Left Tit

    July 1, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Oops. I meant “creepy ass crackas.”

  3. Crucify Wheels

    July 1, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    His dad sounds like a typical shmug

  4. allrightythen

    July 1, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Dealbreaker was no free Ketchup.

  5. being as there is always two sides to a story, i am interested to hear brown’s father’s account of what and why. still, if there was a breach of contract, then brown’s father should have to reimburse carl for the tickets sold. moving forward, carl should avoid any future dealings with brown.

  6. dick in my mouth

    July 1, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Anyone paying money for another human being’s signature is a true winner at life.

    • haha, so funny you say that! my dad always said its strange that one person would seek the signature of another person. i could understand the thrill for a young kid to have a ball signed by their idol. however, it is extremely odd when you see an adult waiting in line to pay for the signature of another grown adult.

  7. Penny Gardens

    July 1, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Dom’s dad sounds like fat Sam Mcnabb

  8. Candy from the Oak

    July 1, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    His dad should sign autographs for being a black father in the life of his son

  9. Autographs are a big business n good investment you’d be surprised to see how much some peoples autographs are worth

  10. John Kruk's Only Nut

    July 1, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    so where is the Carl Lindros part of the conversation/story?

  11. Only nerds & lowlifes ask for autographs

  12. This is all bs people do not believe what you are reading. Dom browns agent, whom I have spoken to had zero knowledge of this signing. I spoke to Dom a few weeks ago because I know him since reading days and he told me point blank he has no idea who carl is, so I showed him the website and he said wow that’s news to me that I was doing a signing on July 15, he said he was planning a trip away for the all star break. Wouldn’t you think Dom would know about a signing if his dad was setting it up for him? He has no idea who Carl even is. Did Carl really even have a contract w him or was it to try to sell tickets for his super pack w all the other guys he had coming in? Someone is lying here and I’m pretty confident Dom had no idea about any of it and who goes thru there dad for a signing?

  13. Dr. Snoop Dog Dre

    July 2, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Mutha had no dice so i axe him craker whatch got no dice for? Fuck this!

  14. Why can african american people call white people crackers? But white people can’t call a black person a nigger? I personally like coloreds better. Apples don’t fall from pear trees. D Brown is a fluke. He is playing the best ball of his career right now. Trade him now while he is worth something.

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