Rapper helps Hall of Fame solve forgery case
A baseball Hall of Fame jersey has proven to be a fake — with a little help from a 1990s rap star.
The Hall of Fame has officially concluded that a jersey in its collection worn by "Shoeless" Joe Jackson in 1919 isn’t authentic, according to the New York Post.
The White Sox logo "contained acrylic (coloring) that was first created in 1941," Brad Horn, a Hall of Fame spokesman, told the Post.
The potential fake was brought to the Hall’s attention by well known memorabilia collector Peter Nash. Nash, also known as Prime Minister Pete Nice of the rap group 3rd Bass, blogged about the jersey being a counterfeit in August, prompting the Hall to look into the claims.
The jersey was formerly owned by collector Barry Halper, who sold several pieces to the Hall of Fame in 1998. Other items once owned by Halper have since proven to be fake, the Post said.
Nash said he believes up to 10 percent of Halper’s former collection is fake, but Halper’s son said Nash’s claim were "baseless."