A retired doctor from Georgia has filed a lawsuit in Cook County, IL, claiming he spent over $130,000 on autographed baseballs in a Mastro Auctions sale that were later determined to be counterfeit.
According to a story in the Chicago Sun-Times, Howard Rosing says he bought baseballs supposedly autographed by Hall of Famers Jack Chesbro, Frank Chance, Henry Chadwick and Mickey Welch in 1998, 1999 and 2001. The story doesn’t indicate exactly why Rosing now believes they aren’t real. The Chance signature is real, but was traced over, according to Rosing's research.
Mastro is currently awaiting sentencing on federal fraud charges related to other cases including the trimming of the hobby’s famous T206 Honus Wagner card. He’s named in the new lawsuit along with his former business partner, Doug Allen, who has also been indicted by a grand jury and the man who appraised those baseballs.
According to WLS Radio, the suit states Rosing paid between $20,000 and $62,000 for the balls. He's alleging violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act, fraud, negligent misrepresentation and concerted action and is seeking an undisclosed damage settlement.