Rated Rips was founded by Michael & Mikaela Ferguson.
Michael started doing box breaks as a side hobby in May of 2020.
He was heavily invested in the sneaker community and believed that his reputation in the industry would help make an easy transition into the sports card world. He collected sports cards growing up, but really was determined on creating the most immaculate LeBron James collection. Michael posted his first box break on Instagram in May of 2020. The break sold out almost immediately. From there, Michael started posting 2-3 breaks a night while still working at his day job as a CPA.
After RAPID growth and success in his first few months of breaking.
In August of 2020, Michael decided to leave his career as a CPA to pursue Rated Rips full time.
Michael’s charisma, humor, and positivity during the live streams have created the most incredible, supportive, and rapidly growing community.
Due to the demand and continued growth of Rated Rips, in May of 2021 his wife, Mikaela decided to leave her career as a CPA to purse Rated Rips full time by Michael’s side. Whether it’s shipping, admin, accounting, sorting cards, or anything that’s needed of her, she doesn’t hesitate to help. She’s the behind-the-scenes guru that keeps everything running smoothly.
Michael & Mikaela now run Rated Rips full time.
They make such a great team and enjoy working together full time! They’ve had so much fun over the last year traveling, meeting new people, growing Rated Rips, and most importantly impacting the lives of so many people. Michael & Mikaela always knew one day they would own a business, but they didn’t realize how great it would be. Their hard work and dedication to Rated Rips has not only changed their lives, but the lives of so many community members. They are constantly giving back to the Rated Rips community and their family and friends.
They’ve also surrounded themselves with an amazing team to help them as they continue to grow.
Isaac AKA Flashy started out as a community member, but quickly became a life-long friend of Michael & Mikaela’s. In April 2022, Flashy moved all the way from Texas to Ohio and joined the Rated Rips team. He has been an absolutely incredible addition to the team. His vibrant personality, love for the hobby and trust-worthiness make him not only a team member, but a best friend. As of April 2023, Flashy is officially our Chief Sorting & Shipping Officer (CSSO). In addition to handling all of our shipping and sorting needs, Flashy also breaks on Monday & Thursday nights! No matter what we throw at him, Flashy always steps up and handles everything we need. From working on our eBay consignment business, to watching Jackson while we are away, we know we can always count on Flashy and we’re so grateful to have him. In his free time, Flashy loves playing video games online with his friends, watching WWE, supporting the Miami Dolphins and spending time with family.