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Welcome to Hauls of Shame
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
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 stated that his mentor devised and instituted the 3rd party authentication business that now controls the hobby and also stated that despite Mastro’s pleading guilty to engaging in shill bidding and mail fraud, he believes that his good friend is responsible for “pioneering” what he calls the “standard of integrity in the autographed memorabilia business.”

In addition, Spence told the Judge that he has accompanied Mastro on religious pilgrimages and believes that the disgraced auctioneer does not deserve any jail time after defrauding countless customers and hobbyists.  In fact, Spence’s letter is one of many supporting Mastro’s plea for leniency from the Judge who has also received letters from Mastro’s victims which describe him as a sociopath and unrepentant criminal who took advantage of and swindled close friends and associates. Spence describes Mastro’s pioneering work in the authentication business as an endeavor that protected collectors, but the evidence that has come to light during the Mastro investigation starkly contradicts Spence’s assertions.

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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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Not Too Late For SABR To Honor Pioneer Davis With A Monument Over His Unmarked Brooklyn Grave; Recovering His Stolen Archive Of Baseball History Is Another Matter
By Peter J. Nash June 29, 2015 “Too Late” Davis will finally get his dying wish and have a fitting headstone placed above his unmarked grave at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery. The pending fulfillment of the wish is 115 years late, but that’s all the more fitting for the baseball pioneer nicknamed “Too [...]
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To Catch A Thief: New Evidence Sheds Light On Missing Boston Baseball Treasures; REA Auctioneer Rob Lifson Owned 1873 Card Before He Was Caught Stealing From The NYPL
By Peter J. Nash May 18, 2015 Rob Lifson, the New Jersey auctioneer who was caught decades ago stealing rare 19th century photographs from the New York Public Library, said his apprehension was an isolated incident and that he never swiped any other artifacts from the library’s famous Spalding Collection. But new evidence [...]
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 may contact us at:
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 We also suggest that those with important information regarding the thefts from the
BPL, NYPL and Hall of Fame collections contact the FBI at:
(For BPL: Boston@ic.fbi.gov)
(For NYPL: ny1@ic.fbi.gov )
(For Hall of Fame contact the FBI's Albany, NY office at 518-465-7551)

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