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SBD/Issue 135/Hot Reads
Published April 7, 2005
The S.F. CHRONICLE’s Dwight Chapin writes of the FBI’s Operation Bullpen, “In 2001, [MLB] became the first sport in the country to take significant steps toward ensuring the authenticity of its memorabilia, through a program that has since paid notable dividends. More than 650,000 autographed and game-used items have been authenticated, through independent, third-party authenticators at big-league ballparks throughout the nation, and at other signings and selected events such as charity auctions, where scams frequently have occurred” (S.F. CHRONICLE, 4/7).