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August 13, 1990

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ As things get worse for Pete Rose, owners of his baseball card get rich.

Baseball’s career hits leader was banned from baseball for gambling and is currently serving a five-month sentence in federal prison for income-tax violations. Yet at baseball card shows he’s hotter than ever.

″Everyone wants one now,″ Bryan Steinert, owner of Diamond Stars baseball card promotions told the Daytona News Journal. ″Every time a player gets in the news, his card price goes up.″

Rose’s rookie card, which fetches as much as $650 in mint condition, was just one of many earning big bucks for dealers in Sunday’s baseball card show.

Cards of other fallen stars - such as Denny McLain, who spent time in jail for a racketeering conviction, and Wade Boggs, who made headlines with his extramarital affair - have also jumped in price as a result of their respective trouble.

Honus Wagner’s card, at $150,000, is still the most valuable card of all.

Of course, he was a Pirate.

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TAYLORSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Mel Blount opened a shelter for troubled youth and last week its first resident arrived.

The home has been licensed by the state Welfare Department to house a maximum of 20 youths referred by youth services departments. At least eight counselors will be on the staff.

″We want to get them involved in the 4-H Club. We want to teach them responsibility,″ said Norris Blount, the home’s marketing director and son of the former football player.

The first resident, who Blount would not identify, seems to enjoy his new surroundings.

″This kid has never been around a horse or a cow,″ he said.

The daily routine at the shelter calls for the boys, aged 7 to 14, to rise for exercise at 5:30 a.m., eat breakfast and begin chores. Mathematics and reading classes are scheduled to prepare the youths for the McGuffey School District.

The Ku Klux Klan denounced the home a year ago, and later held a rally protesting Blount’s plans.

In addition, local residents claimed that the home would pose a safety risk to the area and that their property values would decrease because of the shelter.

Mel Blount was a member of the Steelers teams that won four Super Bowls in the 1970s and 1980s.

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DETROIT (AP) - Actor and speedboat racer Chuck Norris made good on his self-proclaimed ″Assault on the Great Lakes.″

The actor, who played a tough-guy hero in such films as ″Delta Force″ and ″Good Guys Wear Black,″ was at the helm Sunday as his boat traveled the 605 miles from Chicago to Detroit in 12 hours, 8 minutes, 42 seconds. The time was 25:59 faster than the previous standard, set in 1983 by Michael Reagan, the former president’s son.

Norris and his three-person crew left Chicago at 8 a.m. EDT. Six-foot waves on Lake Michigan put him behind schedule, but the 46-foot Drambuie Challenger arrived in Detroit at 8:08 p.m. EDT.

Last year, bad weather spoiled a record attempt by Norris and retired Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton.

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NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL and The Topps Company Inc. reached a settlement Monday which will allow the trading card company to distribute football cards as an official liscensee.

On June 28, Topps sued the NFL and NFL Properties, charging that the league was attempting to keep the company from printing football trading cards.

The agreement lasts three years.

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