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By Peter J. Nash

Dec. 29, 2010

Barry Halper even fooled "The Mick" with his alleged #6 1951 Mantle rookie jersey. This photo and graphic appeared in the Baseball Hall of Fame's official tourist brochure for the 1999-2001 Barry Halper Gallery. The jersey pictured was a forgery purchased by MLB and later returned to Halper by the Hall of Fame. After Halper's death it was sold in 2007 by REA as a "replica."


2010 unleashed a host of investigative reports that blew the lid off long-standing hobby frauds and hoaxes that had been covered up for decades. reported on controversial issues that the press ignored and refused to tackle themselves.  The reports published resulted in:  the Baseball Hall of Fame admitting their alleged “Shoeless Joe” Jackson jersey was a fake; the exposure of Barry Halper and Al Stump as the perpetrators of frauds; the confirmation that the National Baseball Library, the New York Public Library and the Archives of Hawaii were victimized in massive thefts; and that Baseball power-brokers like Bud Selig and Jane Forbes Clark were swindled by one of their own.

When first launched this past Spring, we had a few thousand unique visitors for the month of April.  By November we were averaging over 15,000 visitors per month and by the new year, the visits are fast approaching the 20,000 mark.  Special thanks go out to all of our readers for their continued support. 

 Here’s a look back at the Investigative Reports of 2010:

1.  Hauls of Shame Reports “Shoeless Joe” Jackson’s 1919 Jersey at the Hall of Fame is a Fake;  Cooperstown Officials Confirm Report:

2.  SABR’s Ron Cobb Exposes Al Stump’s Relic and Literary Fraud Against Ty Cobb . Barry Halper’s Infamous Cobb Shotgun Uncovered as a Fake.

3.  Barry Halper Dupes Mickey Mantle, the Baseball Hall of Fame and MLB with a Bogus 1951 “Rookie” Jersey Attributed to “The Mick”

4.  Mike Gutierrez of  Antiques Roadshow Linked to HOF Theft and Banishment.  Cooperstown Thefts in 1980s Tied to Current Heritage Auction Sales

5.  FBI Investigation Links Barry Halper to Stolen Harry Wright Letters From NYPL’s  Famous Spalding Collection

6.  Historian John Thorn Discovers Knickerbocker Score Sheets From Storied Game of 1846 are Missing from the NYPL’s Spalding Collection

7.  Famous 1865 Cartwright Letter to Knickerbocker Teammate Confirmed Stolen from the Archives of Hawaii

8.  Hauls of Shame Releases the “10 Most Wanted Missing National Baseball Treasures List”

9.  Dave Grob’s Red Sox Uniform Nightmare: Jerseys of Cy Young and Jimmy Collins Analyzed

10.  Babe Ruth’s Will Confirmed Stolen From NYC Courthouse

11. Bud Selig Thinks Abner Doubleday Invented Baseball; Doubleday Docs Missing from NYS Archives: Pioneer Docs Missing from HOF

12. Wills of Baseball Hall of Famer Harry Wright and Others Still Missing after Thefts in the 1990s

13. Cooperstown Thefts Uncovered: Robert Edward Auctions Offers Rare Mickey Welch Card Stolen From Hall; Stolen Christy Mathewson and Jake Beckley Cabinet Cards Have HOF Ownership Marks

14.  Sotheby’s and Barry Halper Sell Stolen Boston Contract and Letter Awarding Boston the Pennant of 1875

15. Ty Cobb Letters Swiped from the Archives of The Sporting News are Recovered

After published a report claiming that the HOFs alleged 1919 "Shoeless Joe" Jackson jersey was a fake, the NY POST, on Oct. 4, 2010, (above) reported that the Hall of Fame admitted the jersey was fraudulent.


  1. Your persistance has resulted in a year of exposes without parallel in baseball history. Congratulations on your careful work and on presenting it to all of us concerned about our national game.

    Comment by Dorothy Seymour Mills — December 29, 2010 @ 7:52 am

  2. What you have uncovered is amazing. Innocent people have been saved from buying stolen items and fake items.

    Comment by Tom Zocco — December 29, 2010 @ 9:16 am

  3. Things aren’t looking good for crooks and thieves in 2011!
    Thanks HOS!

    Comment by J — December 29, 2010 @ 9:29 am

  4. Looking forward to more reports in 2011!

    Comment by Thomas McManus — December 29, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

  5. What a wonderful debut year it was for HOS! Kudos to you, Peter, for exposing the dirty side of what is supposed to be a “fun” hobby. This website should be nominated for awards!

    Comment by MannyDredz — December 29, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

  6. Thanks so much for all of your investigative efforts and for making it all public on this most informative website. I truly hope that interest and readership continue to grow and that your efforts help bring more of these missing national treasures to their rightful resting places!

    Comment by Pamela Gale Guzzi — January 4, 2011 @ 10:53 pm

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