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This site is dedicated to investigative reporting related to the soon-to-be published book, Hauls of Shame. While the book deals with the wide ranging problems of fraud and corruption in the baseball collectibles and auction industries, its primary focus is on the mysteries of the considerable thefts of rare, historical baseball artifacts from the collections of the New York Public Library, Boston Public Library and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Hauls of Shame publishes breaking news, book excerpts, original essays and interviews with historians and those familiar with the investigations that have spurred earnest recovery efforts by the FBI, individual collectors and institutions. We offer an educational resource for the baseball collecting and research communities as the investigations yield evidence of items both suspected or confirmed as missing from the research archives of: NYPL's "Spalding Baseball Collection;" BPL's "McGreevey Baseball Picture Collection;" and the HOF's "August Herrmann Papers Collection."

Breaking News
CHIN MUSIC: SF Giants Owner Wants Mastro To Sing; MLB & HOF Endorse Phony Relic Cards; PSA No-Shows At Class Action Deps; Stolen HOF Doc Pulled From Heritage; REA-Ruth Updates; More JSA Football Problems

By Peter J. Nash

October 27, 2014

Uniform collector and Giants minority owner, Dan Scheinman (top) wrote to the Judge about the sentencing of Bill Mastro (Forbes Photo)

-Bill Mastro, Doug Allen and Mark Theotikos had a status hearing on October 15th in US District Court in Chicago as they await sentencing based on their guilty pleas entered earlier this year.  According to papers filed in Chicago, all three men are scheduled to appear in court again for another status hearing on November 14th.

-Dan Scheinman, a minority owner of the San Francisco Giants and a prominent uniform collector, recently wrote a letter to Judge Ronald A. Guzman in regard to the Mastro case which was published last week in Chicago Federal Court. In the letter, Scheinman has some choice words for Bill Mastro and his partner Doug Allen telling the Judge:

“My view is that the scope and nature of their activities are much deeper and broader than they have admitted in public.  My purpose in writing today is actually not too rehash the harm done by shill bidding or by alteration of items, but instead to seek your help as you approach sentencing.  My current belief is that each of these men has significant information pertaining to the authenticity of many items, and that to date, they have not been completely open with regard to that information. I would welcome them both being honest about which items they have sold where the items have dubious authenticity (or came from dubious sources).”

-Scheinman closed out his letter telling the court that while jail time was necessary he believes that “a more honest telling of their story might be worth a reduction of their time.”

-Forbes published a profile of Scheinman in 2012 showing a jersey in his collection attributed to Bobby Thompson from the “Shot Heard Round The World” game in 1951 as well as others with game-use attributed to Dizzy Dean and Chuck Klein. Forbes mentioned his ownership of other jerseys attributed to several 1927 Yankees players, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, Stan Musial and Ted Williams and also noted that Scheinman’s first significant purchases were made at the 1999 Barry Halper sale at Sotheby’s.  Some of Scheinman’s jerseys have made the rounds through the auction and show circuit with previous sales from “dubious sources” including Wolfers Auctions, Grey Flannel, REA, Barry Halper, Lou Costanza and MastroNet.  Scheinman has purchased several jerseys that have passed through Mastro auctions including Dutch Reuther’s 1927 Yankee road uniform and Christy Mathewson’s c1901 New York Giants jersey (sold by REA/MastroNet in 2000).  Scheinman, a life-long Giant fan who purchased his stake in the club in 2001, declined comment on whether he is questioning any specific Mastro-sourced jerseys in his collection.

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CHIN MUSIC: Yogi Berra Museum Heist Coverage; Fraud Alert For REA Sale; Net54 Fraudsters Make False Claims & Defend Halper; Orlando & Grad Deps Set In Class Action vs. RR (UPDATE)
By Peter J. Nash October 16, 2014 The Yogi Berra Museum (top left) was robbed last week and NYDN reporter Michael O'Keeffe (bottom right) went to Rob Lifson (top right) for an expert opinion on museum thefts. Lifson's current REA sale includes a bogus Jackie Robinson ring (bottom left). (Scroll to Bottom For [...]
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Cooperstown Scandal Takes Bizarre Turn; SABR Proves Pirated HOF Photo Of Honus Wagner & 1909 Champs Was Recovered By Museum In 1994 & Now Up For Sale At Huggins & Scott (UPDATE)
By Peter J. Nash October 3, 2014 (Scroll to bottom for Update) It is nothing new for an artifact stolen from the Baseball Hall of Fame to turn up for sale in a Huggins & Scott auction as there have been a bunch of them sold by the Maryland auction house in the [...]
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CHIN MUSIC: Say It Ain’t Joe-Huggins & Scott Pimps A Halper Fraud; JSA & Jimbo Cert A Forged Hughie Jennings On A Bogus Tiger Bat; Class Action Suit vs. RR Auctions Looking For Victims (UPDATE) Auction Pulls Fake “Shoeless” Joe Jacksons
By Peter J. Nash Sept. 16, 2014 A "Shoeless" Joe Jackson fake (top left) sourced to Barry Halper (bottom right) is up for sale at Huggins & Scott. -Huggins & Scott thought they had a “Shoeless” Joe Jackson treasure on the block in their current Fall sale, but it’s nothing but a misrepresented [...]
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Feds Confirm REA’s Rob Lifson Was Informant Against Mastro; Former Partners-In-Crime Slated To Testify At Trial Of Auction House IT-Guy (Part 7 of 10) (UPDATE) Boehm Pleads Guilty-Fraud May Extend To Rosa Parks Bus
By Peter J. Nash August 22, 2014 (Scroll to bottom for Update) The release of the witness list for the upcoming trial of former Mastro Auctions employee, William Boehm, confirmed what Hauls of Shame has been  reporting for the past few years —that REA auction president, Rob Lifson, was one of the government’s key [...]
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Pawn Stars Expert Steve Grad Faked His Own Bio & Committed Perjury In Collectors Universe Lawsuit; Says He Was Trained By Mentor & Crook Bill Mastro; Allegations Of Fraud At PSA/DNA (UPDATE)
By Peter J. Nash August 1, 2014 (Scroll to bottom for update) The History Channel’s hit show Pawn Stars was the scene of one of the most embarrassing blunders in authentication history when PSA/DNA’s alleged expert, John Reznikoff, told millions of viewers that a Godfather movie script was signed by Al Pacino when it [...]
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Heritage Is Selling An FBI-Documented Fake At The Cleveland National; 1882 Championship Watch Was Created By Ex-Cincy Reds Batboy; Experts Say A Signed Gehrig-Day Ticket Is Bogus & Matty Letter Was Stolen From Baseball HOF (UPDATE)
By Peter J. Nash July 24, 2014 (Scroll to bottom for Updates) When the authenticity of Babe Ruth’s alleged 1923 World Series pocket watch and a bogus letter attributed to 19th century HOFer John M. Ward were questioned earlier this year, Heritage Auctions sports director, Chris Ivy, told Hauls of Shame, “Heritage would never [...]
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