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  • STRAWBERRY JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG IN MEMORABILIA PROBE?

         The indictment of Darryl Strawberry last week on charges of
    conspiracy and income tax violations "does not signal the end of
    the Federal Government's investigation into baseball players'
    involvement with lucrative sports memorabilia shows," according
    to Claire Smith of the N.Y. TIMES.  Inquiries by the Justice
    Department resulted in the indictments of Strawberry, his agent,
    Eric Goldschmidt, and memorabilia dealers William J.F. Hungach
    and Michael Bertolini.  Other names surfacing in the
    investigation include other members of the '86 Mets and Mickey
    Mantle.  But Robert Fink, an attorney for Mantle, says:  "Mr.
    Mantle has been exonerated."  The U.S. Attorney's office in
    Brooklyn had no comment (N.Y. TIMES, 12/10).  MLBPA General
    Counsel Gene Orza denied a N.Y. DAILY NEWS report that Howard
    Johnson also faced indictment (N.Y. NEWSDAY, 12/11).  One source
    close to Bertolini's case:  "It won't stop there.  There will be
    other names, other players."  Bertolini was former partner of
    Pete Rose in Hit King Marketing (John Erardi, CINCINNATI
    ENQUIRER, 12/10).  Peter Gammons cites on agent who calls the
    Strawberry indictment "only the beginning.  There are a lot of
    players who are going to get hauled in by the IRS for not
    reporting the card-show cash."  Gammons also notes it "likely
    means the end of Eric Goldschmidt as an agent" (BOSTON GLOBE,
    12/11).
    

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