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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."

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Robert Edward Auctions Is Selling Two 19th-Century Rarities That Fit The Description Of Missing Items From 1970s NYPL-Spalding Collection Heist

By Peter J. Nash

April 24, 2015

Last month it was revealed in court papers that former Mastro Auctions exec Doug Allen was accused by the Detroit Public Library of stealing two photos from its Ernie Harwell Collection. This month, Allen’s former partner and documented library thief, Rob Lifson, of Robert Edward Auctions in Watchung, New Jersey, is selling two photos that fit the description of items stolen from the New York Public Library and appear on its Spalding CollectionMissing List.” The list was created after library officials took an 1987 inventory of the donated Spalding photographic holdings and found that over one hundred rarities were missing including an 1879 cabinet card image of A. G. Spalding and his Chicago White Stockings and a cabinet card of the 1879 Boston team listed as “Unidentified group with Harry Wright.”

The 1879 Chicago photograph is being sold by REA as “newly discovered” and was identified in the published 1922 NYPL Spalding inventory  as “White Stockings of Chicago. 1870. California Team” with the names of every player identified on the cabinet mount. The date of 1870, however, was a typographical error as the White Stockings only had a California tour in 1879 and all of the players listed appear in the photograph. REA’s Boston cabinet card features the same image that NYPL officials were unable to identify in 1922 and described as “Cincinnati, Boston or Philadelphia?” for (3) photographs.  Two of those items went missing from the library but the one surviving NYPL copy features the same image as the REA auction lot depicting Wright and his 1879 club.

It’s been nearly 100 years since the original NYPL Spalding inventory identified the 1879 White Stockings photo as NYPL property and the example being offered by REA and its President, Rob Lifson, represents the first appearance of any photograph fitting the description of that missing Spalding treasure. In its current auction catalog Lifson and REA describe the lot as:

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The Name Game: The Untold Story Of REA’s Million-Dollar T-206 Honus Wagner (Pearsall v. Oceanside); Card’s Fame & Value Forever Linked To Mastro-Lifson-PSA Fraud (UPDATE)
By Peter J. Nash April 23, 2015 (Scroll to bottom for Update): Internet auction bidding has exceeded $1 million for what Robert Edward Auctions calls the “Oceanside Wagner,” a high-grade PSA-3 example of the famous T206 Honus Wagner tobacco card slated to be sold on Saturday. According to the auction house lot description, [...]
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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 (Scroll to Bottom for Update) 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 [...]
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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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