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With the admission of McGwire to taking steroids for a decade we can now officially scratch his name off the HOF list. What’s funny is no one was shocked with this one. It was the equivalent of Pete Rose betting on baseball. You knew he did it, confirmation was nice but really we all kind of knew it.
What makes me so mad about the situation is what makes every 38 – 42 years old mad. The amount of money we spent obtaining Mark McGwire rookie cards from 1985. Personally I’m sure I dropped about $35 a card on him. I probably bought more in 1996 when he and Sosa were chasing the home run record. What McGwire and every other steroid era home run stud did to the fans was nothing short of fraud. If Pete Rose could be banned for life for betting on baseball, steroid users should be banned as well.
Mark McGwire was hired as a hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals this off-season. If you are a current player, and you have gone through all the drug testing and have worked your way up from the minors to the pros, just how much respect can you give someone who admitted to cheating for nearly a decade. I would give Canseco a hitting instructor job before McGwire for a few reasons.
Canseco, while admitting to doing steroids his entire career, didn’t have to write a book about it. Baseball black balled him from continuing his career, so he took baseball on and now it seems as if he won. Not many people can say they took on baseball and won. People laughed at Jose when his book came out. They thought the idea of McGwire and all the other big power hitters of that generation were being slandered by someone obviously jealous of the praise they received. In truth Canseco knew it all, every player that he pointed a finger at has come clean (aside from a few).
With McGwire finally making his steroid use public, it is now time for Barry Bonds to come clean. We all knew he did it, even if it was for only a few years (towards the end of his career). Barry has something huge to lose, something that McGwire didn’t have and that is the most hallowed records in baseball history, home runs in a season and home runs in a career. The Steroid Era will remain open until Bonds and Sosa finally come clean. With McGwire leading the way, I can only hope the other two will come clean soon so we can officially put this era behind us and focus on a new era of cleaner baseball.
As for Mark’s cards, his certified autograph cards are now below the $200 mark, with a few going for as low as $125. This may seem high, but these are the same cards that were approaching $1000, only a few years ago. His signed cards which have been DNA/PSA certified and slabbed are running between $20 – $30. His signed cards with no COA can be had for as low as a $1. However with so many fakes out there, you have to assume all of these cards are not real signatures. With his recent admission to cheating expect his cards to go down further. For me, I wish I never had a McGwire card, but to sell his 1985 rookies and only get a dollar each for them breaks my heart.
The card below (which is obviously not a gem mint 10) didn’t even sell for 99 cents.