PHOTOS: Crosscutters vs. Renegades – 7/21/09

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Last night I went to Historic Bowman Field to watch the Williamsport Crosscutters play against the Hudson Valley Renegades.  I looked for an ’09 Team Set but they won’t get those in for another few weeks, so I picked up an older set from 2005 that I didn’t have.  Harry Kalas was on the front of their 2009 program so I got one and was able to get Luke Wertz and Korey Noles to sign it.  I got some great photos and even caught a foul ball!!!

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Siulman LeBron

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Leandro Castro at bat

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Official New York-Penn League foul ball I caught

Operation Foul Ball Update

Source – NY Daily News

Feds’ memorabilia case heating up

Monday, September 8th 2008, 9:20 PM

Several sports memorabilia officials have testified in recent weeks before a grand jury in Chicago that is investigating Mastro Auctions and fraud in the collectibles business.

Additional hobby insiders are also scheduled to testify before the grand jury, sources said, while others have been asked to provide records and other documents.

“There has been a parade of people going to the grand jury,” said a source close to the case. “The feds are closing in.”

The grand jury deliberations are part of an investigation into memorabilia fraud initiated last year by the Chicago division of the FBI, whose “Operation Foul Ball” smashed a multistate autograph forgery ring in the 1990s.

Although the target of the investigation is Illinois-based Mastro Auctions, sports memorabilia’s largest auction house, other businesses and individuals may be involved.

Some of the hobby insiders who received subpoenas to appear before the grand jury are former Mastro Auctions employees. “The FBI told me I am not a target, but they want to talk to me,” said one former Mastro worker.

Mastro Auctions president Doug Allen did not return a call for comment.

As the Daily News first reported, investigators from the FBI and the United Postal Service crashed the National Sports Collectors Convention in Rosemont, Ill., in August, delivering subpoenas to industry executives and questioning memorabilia companies’ employees.

The investigation of Mastro Auctions has focused on shill bidding, card doctoring and other allegations of fraud.