In the end, it’s always about the autographs.
Pro athletes make millions on the field, but it’s those sweet on-the-side deals that sometimes become their downfall. For Pete Rose it was jail time for not reporting income from card shows. For Barry Bonds, it could be an autograph/memorabilia deal soured by the slugger’s
‘roid rages surly personality that gets the feds what they’re after.
Bonds claimed some of the items on the market were fake. Those who used to deal in the stuff tell a different tale. Now, Leland’s is taking on a stash as the items go from ‘momentos from great moments’ to ‘great pieces of baseball history–in a weird sort of way.