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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
REA Spring Auction Features Big Ticket Forgeries Authenticated By PSA/DNA; Alleged One-of-a-Kind Signed Checks of HOFers Plank & Ward Are Bogus

By Peter J. Nash

May 2, 2018

The Spring auction season is here and so continues the proliferation into the marketplace of fakes authenticated by PSA/DNA. The most stunning examples are two forged checks touted to have been signed by ultra-rare HOFers John M. Ward and Eddie Plank which appear in the current Robert Edward Auctions catalog.

If they were genuine, both checks would be holy grails for collectors who specialize in collecting signed or endorsed checks. One of the top check collectors in the country told Hauls of Shame he’d consider paying up to $50,000 for a Plank check and up to $20,000 for a Ward. In its lot description REA claims that both examples of Plank and Ward are the only examples they have ever seen or are known to exist and are encapsulated and authenticated as genuine by PSA/DNA, the subsidiary of Collectors Universe (CLCT), which is headed by Joe Orlando. Both checks, however, are frauds.  The Ward check is a vintage yet worthless check from 1896 which features a forged John Ward signature (from the wrong era) as an irregular double endorsement. The Plank check (which is also laminated) is totally fraudulent as the forger merely typed Plank’s name on the front of the check and then forged his signature in pencil on the reverse. The check also includes a “smoking-gun stamp” which appears to further prove it is fraudulent.

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Dodger Blues: Historic Jackie Robinson Contracts Allegedly Stolen From L.A. Stadium; Source Claims Former Dodger Wes Parker Removed Brooklyn Docs & Contracts From Archive Storage (Part 2 of a Special Report)
By Peter J. Nash February 27, 2018 (UPDATE) In October of 2017, Hauls of Shame published the first installment of our 3-part report detailing the auction appearances of internal Brooklyn Dodger documents at public auction. Also detailed were allegations that these artifacts including team correspondence, scouting reports and contracts were wrongfully removed from [...]
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Steve Grad Continues Flawed & Fraudulent Authentications; Beckett Gets Bit By Another Bogus Burkett For Sale At Goldin
By Peter J. Nash Feb. 15, 2018 When Steve Grad was the senior authenticator at PSA/DNA he was responsible for numerous authentications of bogus materials which were featured in our Worst 100 Authentications report in 2012. Since that report was published, Grad has moved on to become the senior authenticator [...]
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Dodger Blues: How Did Historic MLB & Civil Rights Docs Make Their Way Onto The Auction Block? Part 1 of a 3-Part Special Investigation
By Peter J. Nash Oct. 5, 2017 Back in 2014, Hauls of Shame launched an investigation into allegations that rare letters and documents chronicling the integration of Major League Baseball via Branch Rickey, Walter O’Malley and the Brooklyn Dodgers had wrongfully made their way onto the baseball memorabilia market. What raised a [...]
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Curse of The Scam-bino? Charlie Sheen’s Babe Ruth Ring Suspected As A Fake With Another Bogus Barry Halper Provenance Story (UPDATE)
By Peter J. Nash June 30, 2017 Scroll Down For Update: The Messy History of Charlie Sheen’s “Winning Ring” just got a bit messier with evidence mounting and suggesting that the alleged 1927 Babe Ruth World Series ring being sold at auction tonight is a fake. The authenticity of the media-hyped Ruth ring [...]
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The NYPL HOT 100: The Top Artifacts Stolen & Missing From The New York Public Library’s Spalding Collection
By Peter J. Nash April 25, 2017 In 1921, the widow of Albert Goodwill Spalding donated his voluminous archive of baseball photographs, manuscripts and books to the Astor-Lenox and Tilden Foundation of the New York Public Library. Spalding assembled the collection in conjunction with his release of the 1911 book America’s National [...]
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Lord of The Rings: The Mystery of Lou Gehrig’s 1927 World Series Bling; Cooperstown Treasure or Halper Fake Sold By Sotheby’s?
By Peter J. Nash June 10, 2016 A few years ago a controversy commenced involving Charlie Sheen’s alleged 1927 Babe Ruth World Series ring in an article published at Deadspin which revealed how a collector had lied about acquiring the ring from the Bambino’s daughter.  The Babe’s own granddaughter, Linda Ruth Tosetti, confirmed that her [...]
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