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#132536 - 06/02/03 02:42 PM Mark McGwire cards still popular?
Paladin
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Is his rookie card still sought after?
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#132537 - 06/02/03 04:20 PM Re: Mark McGwire cards still popular? [Re: Paladin]
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I don't follow Mcgwire issues, but I would guess that he is sought after -- though not to the degree when he was America's swwetheart.

eBay provides your answer...

McGwire Live Auctions for 1985 issues

Happy Hunting!
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#132538 - 06/03/03 06:21 AM Re: Mark McGwire cards still popular? [Re: Paladin]
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McGwire's '85T rookie card had dropped significantly in value in the past few years -- I think for a couple of reasons. First, the HR record isn't his anymore and second, there seems to be a ton of '85 stuff out there.

In the 98-99 timeframe, a graded NM/MT copy would set you back $120-150 (I bought a few ). Now, you can pick up MINT copies for well under $100.
It might not be that bad of a time to pick up a few MINT beauties -- but, who knows.

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#132539 - 06/03/03 05:26 PM Re: Mark McGwire cards still popular? [Re: srs1a]
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America, and particularly American sports fans, have collective A.D.D. They are very quick to forget even the very best players in the most popular sports instantly. Nowhere is this more true than in sportscard collecting. McGwire is yesterday's news. He was not the best ever, or even the best of his generation. He is a surefire hall-of-famer, but he is far from his days as the flavor of the month in the hobby. Tony Dorsett was a better football player than McGwire was a baseball player, and his rookie card is much tougher to find in high grade (nearly 10 years older) and that card can be had for 30 bucks in high grade (unslabbed). Ryne Sandberg's rookie card (one of the top 5 second basemen ever in a city with the most devout fans and some of the most hardcore collectors in the world) can be bought in ungraded NM/M any day of the week for under 10 bucks (got mine for 7). Big Mac's cards are cooling down, and have nowhere to go but down until he becomes eligible for the hall in a few years. Wait a couple more years, buy a few, and then sell them on the weekend of his induction (you can buy them back the following summer for half as much).
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#132540 - 06/09/03 12:38 PM Re: Mark McGwire cards still popular? [Re: vic6string]
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McGwire cards have dropped quite a bit. His autographed cards and GU cards have been holding steady though.
Vic6string is right. The next time you'll see increased interest in him is when he becomes elegible for the Hall.

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#132541 - 06/16/03 11:25 PM Re: Mark McGwire cards still popular? [Re: Fabfrank]
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For the most part, Mark McGwire's cards are dead in the water. Why? Because many collectors were anticipating a home run total somewhat higher than the 583 he ended with. As a result, the value of a Mint condition 1985 Topps Mark McGwire plummeted from a high of $400 to $500 to less than $100 today. Some even thought that Aaron's total was within reach after McGwire eclipsed the 61 home run mark for two consecutive seasons (1998-1999).

By comparison, McGwire's autographs are as strong as ever since he has always been a reluctant signer. Authentic, Mark McGwire autographed baseballs sell for a small fortune compared to other modern players.

On a somewhat related note, Leland's has just distributed its newest catalog -- a one item auction featuring Barry Bond's 73rd home run baseball. It will be interesting to see if the current record home run baseball can match McGwire's 70th home run ball price of over $3 million. Predictions?

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#132542 - 06/17/03 01:21 AM Re: Mark McGwire cards still popular? [Re: MW1]
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Todd McFarlane of Spawn fame owns a few of those home run balls.

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#132543 - 06/17/03 02:13 AM Re: Mark McGwire cards still popular? [Re: murph0]
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Brian,

Right you are. In addition to #70, I believe he also owns about 10 more scattered throughout the home run range of 50 to 69. You know, he once jokingly threatened to resort to Tonya Harding-like tactics when faced with the prospect that someone might surpass McGwire's 1998 total. I wonder how closely Mr. McFarlane will be watching the Bonds baseball......

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#132544 - 06/25/03 04:44 PM Re: Mark McGwire cards still popular? [Re: MW1]
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Lol speak of the devil.. Mcfarlane won that ball too. Comic guys, ya gotta love 'em.

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