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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
Source: Leon Luckey Says He’s Selling Out His Net54 Forum To Beckett For $650,000 (UPDATE)

By Peter J. Nash

November 13, 2015

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Net54 moderator Leon Luckey wants out and according to several collectors who have spoken with him, he is trying to unload the collector forum he owns and moderates for lots of cash. According to several sources Luckey wants to sell his forum to Beckett, the privately held company that offers card grading services and operates as a collectibles industry media outlet and publisher. Luckey resides close to Dallas, Texas, and Beckett’s main offices are also located in Dallas.

Luckey, 54, has been the focus of hobby drama for the past few months since Hauls of Shame broke the story that he was selling a rare Peck & Snyder trade card that was stolen from the New York Public Library.  Despite a recent article published in the New York Daily News, which attempted to portray Luckey as a generous collector who willingly returned the stolen property to the library, several of his Net54 members called him on the carpet for his hypocrisy and alleged shady dealings with Heritage Auctions after it was revealed that he knew the card had been stolen before he entered it in the sale.

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CHIN MUSIC: RR Destroyed Bidding Records Like Mastro; Boehm, Grad and Orlando Set To Testify In RR Case; NYDN Cleans House; REA & Rob Lifson Selling More JSA & PSA Fakes
By Peter J. Nash October 14, 2015 -Bill Mastro was sentenced to 20 months in a Federal prison over the summer and his former IT director, William Boehm, was sentenced to probation and house arrest for lying to FBI agents about destroying Mastro’s auction records in an attempt to conceal the auction [...]
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Spence Pens Love Letter For Mastro Sentencing While Collectors Are Stuck With His Certified Fakes; PSA’s Joe Orlando Tells Mastro Victim To Unload Fake With Spence LOA On eBay
By Peter J. Nash August 14, 2015 Hauls of Shame has been saying it for years, but Jimmy Spence confirmed it in a letter filed recently in the Bill Mastro auction fraud case in Chicago. In the letter submitted to the Judge who will be sentencing Mastro on August 20th, Spence [...]
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National Disgrace: PSA & JSA Deliver Another Hobby Fraud In The Midst Of Federal Anti-Trust Lawsuits & FBI Probes (Special Report Part 1)(UPDATE)
By Peter J. Nash July 31, 2015 The Hall of Fame pitcher nicknamed the “Christian Gentleman” may be rolling over in his grave tonight as Goldin Auctions sells off what PSA and JSA have certified as an authentic baseball bat alleged to have been “game-used” by Christy Mathewson in the 1905 World [...]
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Hall of Fame Heist Hits Close To Home: Jane Forbes Clark’s Family Papers Looted Along With Files Of MLB Commissioner
By Peter J. Nash July 26, 2015 Letters to HOF founder Stephen Carlton Clark, an heir to the Singer Sewing Machine fortune, appear to have been stolen from the NBL. His granddaughter, Jane Forbes Clark (inset), the current Chairman of the HOF, has been silent on the issue of the thefts. It’s been [...]
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Thick As Thieves: A History Of The Stolen 1869 Peck & Snyder Cards; Luckey & The Lifson-Halper Connection To The NYPL Heist
By Peter J. Nash July 23, 2015 Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas, Texas, removed a valuable 1869 Red Stockings Peck & Snyder trade card from its upcoming sale at next weeks National Convention after Hauls of Shame published a report showing that the card was stolen from the New York Public Library’s [...]
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The Lion Roars: Net54’s Leon Luckey Busted Selling Stolen NYPL Relic In Heritage Auction; $100K Card from 1869 Still Shows Library Lion Stamp & Traces Back To Lifson & Halper (UPDATE)
By Peter J. Nash July 13, 2015 Last year at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, an FBI agent took possession of an 1869 Red Stocking trade card owned by Net54 moderator Leon Luckey suspecting that the relic had been stolen from the New York Public Library’s famous Spalding Collection. [...]
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