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TRADING-CARD LAWSUIT HITS FORMER DODGER WITH FOUL

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Former Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Steve Yeager is being sued by regulators in two states in a crackdown on what they say was a fraudulent get-rich-quick scheme involving sports trading cards.

The regulators say people lost as much as $3,500 each when they paid to become brokers for Collectibles International Inc., which used Yeager's photo in newspaper ads offering the opportunity to earn up to $800 a day from dealing trading cards.In addition to promising big money, Collectibles International offered lists of hot sales prospects.

In fact, investigators said, some of the "hot leads" were people who had died. Others were still alive but didn't care about trading cards.

Yeager, the Most Valuable Player in the 1981 World Series, "played an important role in establishing the credibility of the company," said New York prosecutor Fred Cantor.

The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs sued on June 27. The state of Illinois filed a similar lawsuit this week.

A call to Yeager's agent went unanswered.