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Steroids Report a Concern Among Baseball Collectors

Posted December 14, 2007 8:33 p.m. EST
Updated December 14, 2007 8:57 p.m. EST

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.