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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
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

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“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 Auction Director Chris Ivy claims is “now known as the only “Shoeless” Joe Jackson signed photograph in existence.” Reporter John Seewer first interviewed Ivy for the Associated Press and his story subsequently hit the wire and was later carried by hundreds of news outlets without mentioning that another alleged Jackson-signed photograph was sold by Sotheby’s for $43,000 in 1999 and was authenticated by Heritage’s current consignment director, Mike Gutierrez. Heritage and Ivy did not disclose any of this information to the Associated Press reporter and despite PSA/DNA President Joe Orlando telling the AP his company’s job is “to be the skeptic, especially if it is too good to be true,” other experts in the field believe that the Jackson signature is not genuine.

Ron Keurajian, the author of Baseball Hall of Fame Autographs: A Reference Guide has a very different opinion about the Heritage offering and told us, “I have maintained that there are no Joe Jackson signed photographs in existence.  After viewing the 1911 Jackson photograph I see no reason to change my opinion.  The Dallas Police Department should be made aware of the pending sale.” Keurajian’s opinion that Jackson signed photos do not exist was published in his book which was released by McFarland in 2012.

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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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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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(For Hall of Fame contact the FBI's Albany, NY office at 518-465-7551)

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