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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
CHIN MUSIC: List Of Mastro Shill-Bidders Released; Auction & TPA Bigs Implicated; REAs Lifson Allegedly Retiring; New Book From Keurajian

By Peter J. Nash

February 1, 2016

All hell has broken loose in the hobby now that the Mastro shill bid list was released in Doug Allen’s court filings for his upcoming sentencing in Chicago Federal Court. The list was originally generated by the Government in its case against Bill Mastro and his shill bidding henchmen.  The list includes the names of several prominent hobby figures who are identified as shill-bidders and consignors of lots that were illegally shill-bid by friends or associates.

-Mastro Auctions executives Bill Mastro, Doug Allen, Mark Theotokis and William Boehme appear all over the list which includes auction sales spanning from 2007 to 2008 with a small section devoted to auctions in 2002.  In the course of the FBI investigation of Mastro it was revealed that the auction company had destroyed previous bidding records before 2007.

-Dan Knoll, a former Mastro associate, appears on the list shilling several auction lots.  One source familiar with the Mastro case suggested that Knoll’s shill bidding may have given the government extra leverage against him to make him wear the wire that picked up Mastro’s admission that he had, in fact, fraudulently trimmed the now infamous Gretzky-McNall T206 Honus Wagner card.

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OPERATION BAMBINO: $50K Fake Pulled From Auction Exposes PSA/JSA Authentications of Bogus Babe Ruth Sigs By Grad & Spence (Pt. 7)
By Peter J. Nash December 18, 2015 Hobbyists and autograph experts have for years alleged that the proliferation of Babe Ruth forgeries in the marketplace has been bolstered by the shoddy work of the authentication companies PSA/DNA and JSA. In the six previous installments of our “Operation Bambino” investigation, Hauls of [...]
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Source: Leon Luckey Says He’s Selling Out His Net54 Forum To Beckett For $650,000 (UPDATE)
By Peter J. Nash November 13, 2015 Scroll to bottom for Update: Net54 moderator Leon Luckey wants out and according to several collectors who have spoken with him, he is trying to unload the collector forum he owns and moderates for lots of cash. According to several sources Luckey wants to sell his [...]
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CHIN MUSIC: RR Destroyed Bidding Records Like Mastro; Boehm, Grad and Orlando Set To Testify In RR Case; NYDN Cleans House; REA & Rob Lifson Selling More JSA & PSA Fakes
By Peter J. Nash October 14, 2015 -Bill Mastro was sentenced to 20 months in a Federal prison over the summer and his former IT director, William Boehm, was sentenced to probation and house arrest for lying to FBI agents about destroying Mastro’s auction records in an attempt to conceal the auction [...]
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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 [...]
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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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 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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