Famed baseball memorabilia collector Barry Halper exposed as a con artist -
"What a collection!" crowed the headline.
They were all fakes.
"That picture is the Mount Rushmore of uniform fraud," said authenticator
Six years after his death -- and on the day the Hall of Fame inducts Roberto
Alomar, Bert Blyleven and Pat Gillick -- Halper and his remarkable legacy as
the country's top collector are being hit as hard as a Babe Ruth moon shot.
The vaunted dealer, with a wing named after him in Cooperstown, has been
unmasked as a con artist who hawked replicas and forgeries as one-of-a-kind
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"he allegedly paid people to back his lies about how he acquired some
pieces, and he's the primary suspect in a notorious heist of the New York
Public Library's Fifth Avenue branch, where $1 million worth of letters to
baseball pioneer Harry Wright and other scrapbook entries vanished in the
The FBI already has carted away photos and documents from Halper's
collection that were allegedly swiped from the Boston Public Library, but
not before some of the artifacts were auctioned by Sotheby's in 1999 as part
of a $30 million sale."
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