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REPORT HAS JOE MONTANA LINKED TO MEMORABILIA PROBE
Published December 19, 1994
Federal officials are investigating a 1981 autograph signing by Joe Montana as part of an ongoing probe of the sports memorabilia business, according to a report in this morning's N.Y. DAILY NEWS. The signing took place in a San Francisco hotel and was arranged by Michael Bertolini, who has already pleaded guilty to tax fraud in another case. Montana's attorney, Rob Mezetti, said he has not been contacted by any investigators, but claims that if cash was involved, Montana declared any profits to the IRS. Bertolini: "I'm not saying anything about nothing about nobody" (Smith & Madden, N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 12/19). COMMENTARY: On ESPN's "SportsReporters," Bill Conlin said if the feds target all baseball players who have taken cash under the table for signing autographs, there would have to be a "baseball-only prison" (ESPN, 12/18). David Letterman comparing the tax-cut plans offered in Washington: "I think the favorite for all Americans is the Darryl Strawberry tax cut plan" ("Late Show," CBS, 12/16). MORE MEMORABILIA NEWS: Upper Deck Authenticated is closing down its catalog business and its Universal City store. The company will focus its efforts on a smaller core of athletes and concentrate on third-party catalogs, dealers and TV shopping shows (THE BRILL REPORT, 12/19 issue).