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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: 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 fraud. The item is a 1918 panoramic photo alleged to feature an image of Jackson dressed in his military uniform at Fort Meade in Maryland. That, however, is impossible.

-Joe Jackson never served in the military and the face of the individual H&S claims is Jackson clearly has facial features that illustrate he is not the Chicago White Sox star who was banished from baseball after the 1919 World Series fix.  The only evidence suggesting that Jackson is in the photograph is a handwritten inscription on the back of the period frame which identifies Jackson specifically.  That inscription, however, was placed on the item to decieve and defraud potential buyers.

-Michael Calvello, of New Jersey, is the consignor of the photo and he took to collector forum Net54 back in July to show off his alleged treasure which he said was from the Barry Halper Collection.  Since July he received all sorts of accolades from collectors like Denny Walsh who called the photo “truly brilliant” and a collector named Bill Gregory from Flower Mound, Texas, who called it “exquisite,” despite being forewarned by the owner that the photo was “ex-Halper.”  The reverse of the frame includes an inscription referencing a past auction sale stating, “Former property Barry Halper, NY, Lot 210, May 1995.” Other collectors questioned the identification more seriously after the Huggins & Scott sale preview was posted online and Hauls of Shame took to Twitter to call the photo a fraud last weekend.

-Josh Wulkan of Huggins & Scott sent Hauls of Shame a bizarre email on behalf of his consignor claiming that REA President Rob Lifson made an “exact match” and  ordering us to retract our Twitter post. He added:


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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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Mastro Sentencing Postponed As Theotikos Set For Guilty Plea; Plea Agreement Details Shill-Bidding Scheme; Victim Says Auction Was “Screwing” Collectors (Part 6 of 10)
By Peter J. Nash July 18, 2014 Bill Mastro leaves a Chicago courthouse after pleading guilty to one count of mail fraud tied to a massive shill-bidding scheme (Chicago Tribune Photo) When former hobby kingpin Bill Mastro appeared in a Chicago Federal courthouse last October and plead guilty to one count of mail [...]
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CHIN MUSIC: NY Daily News & O’Keeffe Off-Base In Nash-Bash; A Suspect Mickey Sig On Esken’s Mantle Glove; Goldin Says 1916 Ruth Contract Is Missing; Ty Cobb Fakes Still Fooling Spence & PSA/DNA
By Peter J. Nash July 11, 2014 Michael O'Keeffe of the New York Daily News (top left) published another inaccurate report; Ken Goldin (bottom left) is offering several suspect items in his Babe Ruth anniversary auction. -The New York Daily News I-Team and Michael O’Keeffe devoted a full page of newspaper coverage to [...]
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Operation Bambino: Investigation Reveals PSA & Spence Authenticated Babe Ruth Fakes For Past 15 Years; Experts Say Forgery-Ring Created $44,000 HOF Plaque & $75,000 Signed Bat (Part 6) (UPDATE)
By Peter J. Nash June 18, 2014 (Scroll to Bottom for Update) It’s been 100 years since Babe Ruth made his debut in a Major League uniform but he remains the most revered athlete in American sports history.  The “Bambino” is still so popular that collectors are shelling out millions of dollars and [...]
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