Prosecutor: Autograph Scam Ran Five Years; MLB Interested

Those involved in an Ohio-based fake autograph scam stayed in business for nearly five years before police and the FBI closed in on what had become a seven-figure enterprise.

Mastro Sentenced to 20 Months in Prison

Fromer auction company CEO Bill Mastro will be heading to federal prison after a judge handed down a sentence in the long-running case.

Government Seeks 20 Month Prison Sentence for Mastro

U.S. attorneys say more than 1,300 lots in Mastro Auctions catalogs were shill bid in less than two years.

Rogers Arrested for Contempt

Failing to comply with a court order in connection with a local bank’s lawsuit, sports memorabilia dealer and photo archive business owner John Rogers has been jailed.

Arrest Warrant for John Rogers; New Lawsuit Filed

A bank seeking $15 million from former sports memorabilia and photo dealer John Rogers isn’t happy he’s pleading the fifth amendment.

Mastro Sentencing Date Set

Having pleaded guilty to fraud charges, former auction house executive Bill Mastro is expected to face prison time.

Report: FBI Raid Included Cards Listed as Rogers Loan Collateral

Some of what the FBI took from John Rogers’ Arkansas business last year were items he’d listed as collateral on millions of dollars in bank loans.

Lawsuit Adds More Intrigue to FBI Investigation

An expensive purchase of baseball memorabilia included items made long after their purported dates of origin, leading to a lawsuit.

Mastro Employee Changes Plea

A fourth member of the team that ran Mastro Auctions is expected to plead guilty to a federal charge.

Dealer Sentenced in Bogus Jerseys Case

Mitchell Schumacher received a lighter sentence after cooperating with investigators attempting to snare others who were faking the wear in ‘game worn’ goods.

Allen Pleads Guilty as Memorabilia Investigation Takes New Twist

Federal agents put a wire on Legendary Auctions’ President Doug Allen after he agreed to cooperate –but then things got interesting according to his guilty plea.

News and Notes: Lawsuit Over Photos; NFL Player’s Stuff Missing; Burdick Letter

A lawsuit over a major collection of negatives, police hunt a thief in South Carolina, a Jeff Burdick letter is up for grabs, recalling Hoyt Wilhelm and more.

Four Guilty in Fake Jersey Cases Now Serving Time in Federal Prison

The four men sentenced to prison time in connection with the sale of fake ‘game worn’ jerseys are serving out their sentences at minimum security facilities.

Two Sentenced in Jersey Fraud Case

A federal judge has ordered one man to prison early next year while another will avoid the slammer but be forced to stay home and wear an electronic monitor as part of his sentence in the fraud case involving bogus game jerseys.

Court Papers: Fake Jerseys Ran Rampant at Card Companies

Attorneys for several men who pleaded guilty to fraud charges in connection with the sale of bogus game jerseys claim card companies spent a lot of money to put them into products.

Mastro Pleads Guilty; Awaits Sentencing

UPDATED: Bill Mastro has pleaded guilty in a Chicago federal courtroom to mail fraud, officially acknowledged that he trimmed the $2.8 million T206 Wagner card and engaged on shill bidding.

News and Notes from Day 2 at the NSCC

A few notes and a local TV segment from Day 2 of the 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention. There’s an FBI agent in the building this week.  The unit that has been investigating hobby wrongdoing and already made several arrests over the last few years (and led to some guilty pleas) is based in Chicago.  […]

Operation Bullpen: The Case That Has Never Gone Away

Fake autographs produced by the notorious Operation Bullpen conspiracy still plague the collecting hobby years after the FBI brought the ring down. In the first of a 5-part series, author Kevin Nelson recaps the case and begins to reveal some of the photos you’ve probably never seen.

Report: Mastro Will Plead Guilty

Former auction house exec Bill Mastro is expected to plead guilty to fraud charges early next year following court proceedings in Chicago Thursday.

Fending Off Fakes: Auction Company Round Table

Vintage sports cards and memorabilia can bring big bucks and with that come efforts to create phony items. Here, our auction company panelists take on fakes.