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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
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 the very small group of collectors who either own or have expertise related to the photographic scorecard rarities. However, in criticizing Dunbar’s ignorance about the ephemeral relics, Olbermann also triggered some SABR-spelunking into his own claims on ESPN that a hundred or so Mort Rogers scorecards have survived and stood the test of time.

Digging a little deeper into the history of the scorecards, historian and author, John Thorn, inadvertently discovered that Mort Rogers, a 19th century printer by trade, may have created the very first set of cards sold nationally and designed to feature the pictures of every professional baseball player for a particular season.  Based on the information Thorn unearthed in 19th century newspapers, it appears that Rogers was far ahead of his time and could very well be considered the long-lost father of the modern baseball card. Another advertisement from the New York Clipper discovered by HOS appears to support that claim and also suggests that his “invention” and its use as a scorecard was secondary as his product was marketed to the public as cards to be collected as a series. Rogers even identified each of his offerings as a “Baseball Photographic Card.”

Two weeks ago Olbermann told his ESPN audience, “There are at least two dozen different ones (Mort Rogers scorecards) known and at least one hundred in total in existence, even I have a bunch-and they’re in all the catalogs.” But based upon the numbers assigned to each card, there appear to be at least four or five dozen different cards created by the enterprising printer. More importantly, however, was Olbermann’s claim that one hundred copies have survived when Hauls of Shame could only confirm the existence of approximately forty-two score cards–not including the “bunch” in the broadcaster’s own collection.

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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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Hauls Of Shame’s Top 10 Stories Of 2014: The Year’s Most Popular Reports Exposing Frauds, Forgeries & Thefts In The Unregulated Baseball Memorabilia Industry
By Peter J. Nash December 29, 2014 2014 saw more turmoil and fraud in the memorabilia industry and Hauls of Shame was there to report on many issues that were overlooked or ignored by the mainstream and hobby press. Some of the on-going sagas stemming from the thefts of artifacts from the [...]
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Searching For Tommy McCarthy: The Hunt For The Last Will & Testament Of A Hall of Famer With An Autograph To Die For
By Peter J. Nash December 12, 2014 The FBI and the Boston Police Department zeroed in on court officer Joe Schnabel and they knew they had their man.  The authorities arrested Schnabel in May of 1999 on two counts of larceny and when he finally admitted to stealing the wills of several [...]
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SAY-HEY: Chumlee Was Right! Uni-Historian Says Pawn Stars Bought A Bogus Willie Mays Uniform & Then Sold It At Beverly Hills Auction For $20K
By Peter J. Nash December 5, 2014 When a man walked onto the set of Antiques Roadshow in 2011 with an alleged 1961 Willie Mays uniform in his hands, Heritage Auction Galleries’ consignment director Mike Gutierrez was stunned by its pristine condition and told the owner it “would grade a 9 or [...]
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An All-American Case Of Consumer Fraud: How Panini America, MLB & The Baseball HOF Got Caught Up Selling & Endorsing Over 2,000 Phony Jim Thorpe Relic Cards (UPDATE)
By Peter J. Nash November 22, 2014 (FOR UPDATE SCROLL TO BOTTOM) When kids and collectors opened up their Donruss “Timeless Treasures” packs back in 2005, a select few were thrilled that they pulled “relic cards” celebrating the baseball career of Native American Olympic champion and Football Hall of Famer Jim Thorpe. [...]
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Boston Red Sox Photo Stolen From Baseball Hall Of Fame Is Removed From Auction; 1921 Image Of Hugh Duffy & Sox At Fenway Was Part Of The Richard Merkin Collection
By Peter J. Nash November 12, 2014 Hot on the heels of the recent auction withdrawal of the 1909 Pittsburgh Pirate photo that was stolen from the National Baseball Library in Cooperstown, another vintage image of the 1921 Red Sox, was removed from another auction after it was identified by Hauls of [...]
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