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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
Affidavit Of Deceased Auction Exec Alleges Shill-Bidding & Fraud At RR By Eaton & Reznikoff Of PSA; Document Shows Fired CFO Feared For Safety Before Alleged Suicide (UPDATE)

By Peter J. Nash

March 13, 2015

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In our last report we detailed several issues that sources said would surface in the RR Class Action Lawsuit related to allegations of shill-bidding and fraud and the reported suicide of RR’s CFO and bookkeeper Karen “Kay” Burris. Late Thursday the class action website posted a 2008 affidavit written by Burris for her attorney that alleges a myriad of criminal activity that occurred at the New Hampshire auction house and shows that the former RR employee feared for her safety after experiencing “veiled threats” from her boss (and RR owner) Bob Eaton. Just two weeks after signing the 12-page affidavit making the serious allegations against Eaton and his company Burris was found dead in her home in what the current Amherst Chief of Police described to Hauls of Shame as a “self-inflicted gun-shot wound.”

Sources indicate that Plaintiff Michael Johnson and his attorneys posted the affidavit on the lawsuit website after it was officially submitted as evidence in the Santa Barbara, California, court house serving as the venue for the litigation.  Before the detailed affidavit was posted on the website, Hauls of Shame contacted the Amherst Police Department to confirm details of Burris’ death and to ask whether any statement written by her alleging wrongdoing by RR Auctions was ever entered as evidence in the case.  Chief of Police Mark Reams told us he had never seen any such statement and that evidence in the case presented by RR after the company fired her showed that “she embezzled money from the company.” Chief Reams also stated that Burris’ husband settled a civil case with RR by paying back funds claimed by the auction house. Reams was the officer called to the Burris household and found the ex-RR bookkeeper dead and the victim of what he described as a “self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.”  Reams also confirmed that he did not have any autopsy report in the Burris case file and was not aware of any claims that Burris feared for her life before she was found dead. In 2012, Reams replaced former Police Chief, Peter Lyon,  who was his superior at the time of Burris’ death.

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Could The RR Class Action Lawsuit Signal The Downfall Of PSA/DNA? Eaton, Reznikoff, Orlando & Grad In Cross-Hairs; Feds Show Interest In Allegations Of PSA Collusion & Mastro-esque Shill-Bidding At RR
By Peter J. Nash March 4, 2015 It’s not a baseball memorabilia dispute but every baseball collector will be familiar with the names of the characters getting dragged into the RR Auction class action lawsuit. The litigation, initiated by collector Michael Johnson, has been brewing for over three years in Santa Barbara [...]
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The Scribbles & Scrawls Of “Shoeless” Joe: A Tale Of Two Jackson-Signed Photos & Their Disputed Authenticity (Pt. 2) (UPDATE)
By Peter J. Nash February 18, 2015 Scroll to Bottom for Update: “Shoeless” Joe seemed to be everywhere last week blowing up Twitter and making the rounds on the nightly news. As reported by the likes of ABC News, CBS News and FoxSports, Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas, Texas, is selling what Sports [...]
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The Scribbles & Scrawls Of “Shoeless” Joe: The Real Jackson Sigs vs. Forgeries Certified By Darvick, JSA & PSA/DNA (Pt.1)
By Peter J. Nash February 9, 2015 Legend had it that “Shoeless” Joe Jackson was an illiterate incapable of signing his own name and filmmaker John Sayles contributed to this perception in his film Eight Men Out when he portrayed Jackson signing a fictional 1920 confession with a shaky and tremulous “X.” Sayles’ [...]
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The Legacy Of Bud Selig: Cooperstown Bound & Tarnished Like His Tiffany-Filled Trophy Case Of ‘Historic’ MLB Memorabilia
By Peter J. Nash February 5, 2015 Last week, Allan H. “Bud” Selig officially stepped down as Baseball’s czar and passed the reins to his hand-picked successor, Rob Manfred. Selig served as MLB’s ninth Commissioner since the office was created in 1920 by Garry Herrmann’s National Commission and in stepping down [...]
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Is Mort Rogers The Granddaddy Of The American Baseball Card? Olbermann’s Roadshow Criticism Is Followed Up With New Discoveries By John Thorn & HOS
By Peter J. Nash January 20, 2015 Keith Olbermann recently used the platform of his ESPN telecast to call out Antiques Roadshow appraiser Lee Dunbar for her million-dollar appraisal of a group of trimmed Mort Rogers scorecards featuring portraits of the Boston Red Stockings. In doing so, he echoed the sentiments of [...]
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Why The Antiques-Roadshow Trove Of Boston Baseball History Isn’t Worth $1 Million Bucks-And Why Leland’s “Shoeless” Joe Jackson Scrapbooks Are Priceless
By Peter J. Nash January 9, 2014 When a woman strolled onto the set of Antiques Roadshow with a long-lost archive linked to Boston’s baseball history, she never expected to hear PBS appraiser, Lee Dunbar, tell her she’d hit the jackpot.  But after viewing her treasure trove which consisted of a group [...]
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