Owning a sports memorabilia-related business can have its challenges. Economic woes that affect the disposable income of individuals and families. Rising prices of sports cards. Too many cards. Issues with card manufacturers.
Another problem that they can’t shake is a glut of merchandise they have in their inventory that they simply can’t sell: cards and autographs of players suspected of using performance enhancing drugs.
Some dealers bought quantities of cards and autographs from the likes of Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez when they were setting records, but now find themselves sitting on inventory that’s all but dead.
“It became a business problem, any kind of bad press, any kind of bad things the players do, for the hobby, it’s horrible,” said Mike Leon, of S&B Sports Promotion.
Delaware Online talked with dealers and others for this story.