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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
Springtime 2014 Auction Alert: A Line-Up of Alleged Fakes, Frauds & Deceptions In The Unregulated World Of Baseball Memorabilia

By Peter J. Nash

April 23, 2014

The 2014 Spring Auctions are in full swing and so is our auction fraud alert.

It’s that time of year again when the REA catalog sniffers wax poetic about the Springtime auction offerings, but Heritage Auction Galleries, Huggins & Scott, Goldin Auctions and SCP have also put together an impressive array of materials from the world of baseball memorabilia we refer to as “the hobby.”

But, as usual, there are numerous items in the Spring sales that collectors shouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole.  We devoted our last two reports to the fraudulent “Shoeless” Joe Jackson “Black Betsy” bat being offered at REA and we’re glad that the high bidder at $55,000 appears to have been able to retract his high-bid. The bat has been willfully misrepresented by REA and PSA/DNA has issued a deceptive letter of opinion stating that the bat was game used by Jackson although there is no definitive evidence to support such a claim.

In response to our report, PSA/DNA’s bat expert, John Taube, issued a three page missive on the REA website in an attempt to defend his position that the Jackson bat was “game used.” Taube writes that Hauls of Shame is “not qualified to comment on the specifics of the authentication process of a game used bat” but ends up backtracking on his original opinion of actual game use by alluding to what he now calls “the probability of game use.”

All Taube does in his letter is reinforce the fact that he has no solid proof to justify a determination of game use by Joe Jackson.  Taube actually says, “We know that Jackson did not receive many bats throughout his career adding further weight to the probability of game use.”   He says that he “knows” this despite the fact there are no Hillerich &Bradsby records to support his claim and Taube still fails to address the only surviving document detailing an actual Jackson bat order from H&B shows that he received six bats of differing weights in September of 1915.  According to Taube, the determination of Jackson’s game-use is based solely on his comparing bats to the vault marked “J-13″ example that sold for close to $1 million at Heritage.  He claims that the “J-13″ is unique and was not used by the other players shown swinging the same style bat in period photos.   It appears that the primary basis for this opinion is that he has never examined the bats used by other players.  Because Taube has never encountered them as a dealer and authenticator, he believes they did not exist.  Taube’s letter further illustrates that the process and criteria he uses for determining game use of Dead-Ball era bats is fatally flawed.

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Black-Eye Betsy: Crooked Jackson Bat Still For Sale As Lifson Violates His Own REA Rules; Bat Came From Convicted Dealer Who Says PSA Game-Use Claim Is A “Big Leap”
By Peter J. Nash April 17, 2014 After attempting to sell an alleged “Game Used” Shoeless Joe Jackson Black Betsy bat without mentioning specifically that MEARS and PSA/DNA were at odds over whether it was actually game used, REA and Rob Lifson posted an addendum to the premiere auction lot in its [...]
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Field Of Schemes: Fraudulent Claims Of Game Use For Shoeless Joe Jackson’s ‘Black Betsy’ Expose Dangers Of Vintage Bats; PSA & REA Pull The Wool Over Hobby Eyes (UPDATED)
By Peter J. Nash April 4, 2014 (Scroll to end of article for updates) Heritage Auctions recently sold a game-used Hillerich & Bradsby baseball bat they say was swung by “Shoeless” Joe Jackson in 1911 when he hit .408 as a rookie. Sources indicate that movie mogul Thomas Tull was the buyer [...]
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Irish Eyes Are Smiling: Nuf Ced’s Red Sox Treasure Returned To Boston Public Library By Collector; More Evidence Links Barry Halper & Rob Lifson To The McGreevy Heist
By Peter J. Nash March 17, 2014 Nuf Ced McGreevy was grinning in this photo traveling with the 1907 Red Sox to a Spring Training game in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He'd likely be smiling today knowing that his stolen photo has been recovered by the BPL. As officials at the New York [...]
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Is All That Glitters Yankee Gold? A Ruthian Mystery Surrounds Heritage’s Claim To The “Most Important” Baseball Artifact In Existence (UPDATE)
By Peter J. Nash February 20, 2014 Heritage is selling what they say is the most important baseball artifact in existence, Babe Ruth's 1923 WS pocket watch. But is it the actual watch that was presented to the Babe in 1923 and why did Barry Halper say he owned one too? It’s [...]
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Heritage Selling Another National Treasure Believed Stolen From Cooperstown; Gutierrez & Lipset Again Linked To Heist; Ivy Says HOF Negligence Justifies Sale
By Peter J. Nash February 10, 2014 Heritage's Chris Ivy (bottom right) is selling Roger Connor's payroll receipt (center) which was sent to the HOF in 1970 by sportswriter Red Foley (top left). Lew Lipset (top right) sold the same doc in 1989 when he was partners with HA's Mike [...]
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CHIN MUSIC: FBI Search Yields Fake Halper Jerseys & Memorabilia Sold By SCP, REA & Rob Lifson; Internet Trolls John McDaniel III & Con-Man Robert W. Fraser Slander Hobby Big-Shot Rogers On Net54; FBI Takes PSA Ruth-Cut Too
By Peter J. Nash February 3, 2014 Robert Fraser (top l.) and John McDaniel III (top r.) slandered John Rogers after an FBI search yielded fake jerseys owned by Barry Halper (bottom r.) and sold by Rob Lifson (bottom l.). The big hobby news last week next to the Eli Manning memorabilia [...]
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