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Steroids Report a Concern Among Baseball Collectors

Posted December 14, 2007

The cloud of steroids-abuse allegations surrounding Major League Baseball after Thursday's long-awaited, much anticipated Mitchell Report is already having a negative impact on dozens of people in the Triangle.

They are sports memorabilia dealers who are at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds for a sports card and memorabilia show. They said Friday that the steroids controversy is hurting the values of collectibles of the players involved.

Like he did with opposing batters, Roger Clemens is creating some heat – this time for dealers like Vann Martin.

"The sooner I get rid of Clemens items, the better I'll be, probably," Martin said.

The long-term impact of the report by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell is still not clear. But the values of Mark McGuire's and Barry Bonds' collectibles have taken a significant hit over the past few years since they were first associated with steroids.

The show in Raleigh runs through Sunday. Former New York Yankee Johnny Blanchard will be there all day Saturday signing autographs.


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  • Tom Bombadil Dec 15, 2007

    For the record, I meant to type "evidently"

  • Tom Bombadil Dec 15, 2007

    All of you need to recognize that baseball card collecting is an art. The art of collecting all sportscards boasts the benefits of liquidity, standardization, and ease of storage and transport. They are impervious to all elements and are extremely rare in most cases. The accumulation of cards is not time-consuming nor socially isolating. And last but not least, collecting these cards is edivently quite ego-inflating while assigning a collectors personality a PSA 1.

  • Hammerhead Dec 15, 2007

    Crisp, I have many. But for the sake of simplicity, I will say that I am a successful, well-rounded person. I wouldn't reveal the specifics on a public forum. And, my financial well-being is my business. I have taught more people more things than you could imagine. I don't praise God for it either, I have a great work ethic, and maximize my intellect IMO. I also don't look down on those less endowed or less fortunate than I. I look up to those who are more well-endowed, but are humble about it.

  • Steve Crisp Dec 15, 2007

    to Hammerhead:

    Hey, I'm proud of my accomplishments and the successes I have had in my life. I'm grateful that God have given me the abilities I have and a mind that I can use. And I have no problem telling others about me simply to be a possible role model for others who also want to be successful.

    It's really not my fault that you do not have any capabilities worth speaking of.

  • Timbo Dec 15, 2007

    Sell them and have some fun.

  • Hammerhead Dec 15, 2007

    Nah Crisp, it's the fact that you have inject your wealth into it as usual. You come across as one insecure, paranoid, self-righteous dude.

  • Steve Crisp Dec 15, 2007

    You know what this whole push back really reminds me of though? Reaction from either white power freaks or poor blacks who are convinced they are oppressed.

    I have seen this over and over in my life especially with the Nazis. They tend to be ignorant, have no self-worth, and have pretty much wasted their lives. But their problems then become the fault of Jews, blacks, foreigners, or any other group. And they really hate anyone who is even marginally successful because they can not possibly attain the same due to their lack of skills and lack of drive. Same thing with blacks. So many are just sitting around collecting welfare, perfectly able to be successful if they would only quit blaming the white man for their problems.

    And when they see someone who is successful, all they can do is make fun of them or hate them.

    It's really sad. And what is even sadder is that they can hear a story like mine and still not figure out life. All you gotta do is watch and do.

  • Steve Crisp Dec 15, 2007

    It's interesting that so many people have absolutely no clue about the art of collecting baseball cards -- as clearly indicated by their comments -- but seem to think that they know what it is all about.

    Most of my collection came from huge acquisitions of 50,000 cards or more. You get them in, process them, organize them, and inventory them. The typical box of 3000 count cards takes about four hours to process. I figure I've got about 10 to 12 thousand hours total over those 45 years or perhaps 250 hours per year. My total investment is probably (not counting my Mets memorabelia) around 100K. Of course, the real early stuff was collected in real time as a kid and that is where perhaps 40 percent of the value is. Keep in mind as well that overall I have really nothing invested since sales of stuff over the years has more than paid for everything I've spent.

    Not a bad return on investment. Anyone got one that has done better for them?

    Still want to make fun of baseball cards?

  • Hammerhead Dec 15, 2007

    Wow Crisp, by my math that's 365 cards per day for 45 years. How do you fit in the 3 crossword puzzels and book every day?

  • Marc3939 Dec 15, 2007

    "I think, therefor, I can speak to this issue." S. Crisp

    C'mon Steve, you didn't have to give us your baseball card background. We all know you think you're an expert on EVERYTHING!