Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Up For Grabs: Big Mac


Well, my Mattingly fire sale didn't exactly catch fire, but I'm pressing on with this huckstering and listing all of my Mark McGwire non-Cardinals (i.e. Oakland) cards that I have up for grabs. The list follows at the end of the pictures.


McGwire's story is well known, of course. He was a human freak show in a baseball uniform that, like a number of his colleagues in the '90s, decided to cheat to gain a competitive edge for whatever reason. His race to the record books in 1998 managed to get national FOX baseball broadcasts to primetime weeknights and he captured the hearts of millions, etc., etc.


I was ostensibly an Oakland fan when I was younger because my #1 and #2 teams (Cardinals and Yankees, respectively) were a bit of a mess around the same time that Oakland went to three straight World Series. I was probably more of a Canseco fan than a Big Mac fan, maybe because of that one year that Canseco decided to steal bases to prove a point or something. I was pretty convinced as a young teen that Canseco was shooting tons of steroids into himself, which turned out to be the truth. (Seriously, didn't everyone think that at the time? The guy had rhino-sized biceps and always looked really sweaty and dangerous. And steroids were a thing in 1988. Just ask Ben Johnson.)


McGwire was more of a classic low average, high reward power hitter that had some trouble staying healthy. I preferred a more all around player, but something seemed to "click" for him in the mid-'90s for, uh, whatever reason. And he became a transcendent star.


I have plenty of Cardinals McGwire doubles as well, but I haven't pulled them out just yet.

The list:

1993 Post #19
1994 Sportflics #4
1995 Bazooka #27
1990 Sports Illustrated for Kids #146
1991 Fleer Pro-Visions #4
1988 O-Pee-Chee Stickers (w/ George Bell Superstar back) #164
1988 Fleer (SuperStarSpecials) #629
1988 Fleer (SuperStarSpecials w/ Jose Canseco) #624
1990 Upper Deck (Team Checklist) #36 [4 available]
1990 Upper Deck #171
1989 Upper Deck #300
1992 Donruss Triple Play #262 [2 available]
1991 Fleer Ultra #251 [3 available]
1988 Topps (Record Breakers ERR "white triangle") #3 [2 available]
1990 Topps #690 [3 available]
1989 Donruss #95
1990 Topps Glossy All-Stars #13
1989 Panini Stickers #420 [2 available]
1989 Topps Stickers Back (w/ Mike Scioscia and Bret Saberhagen stickers) #3
1988 Donruss (Diamond Kings) #1
1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice SE #45
1990 Donruss (All-Stars COR) #697
1990 Donruss #185 [3 available]
1988 Panini Stickers #167
1988 Topps Stickers Back (w/ Bruce Ruffin and Mike Stanley stickers) #36
1988 Topps Glossy Send-Ins #39
1988 Topps Toys 'R Us Rookies #19
1991 Donruss #105 [2 available]
1991 Donruss (All-Stars) #56 [3 2 available]
1991 Donruss Grand Slammers #11
1988 Fleer Sluggers vs. Pitchers #27
1988 Topps Mini League Leaders #31
1991 Upper Deck (The Bashing Years) #656 [2 available]
1994 Topps Stadium Club #358
1991 Score #324 [4 3 available]
1991 Topps (ERR 618) #270
1991 Donruss Bonus Cards (Highlights) #BC-9
1990 Bowman #454
1989 Classic Travel Orange #104
1988 Topps (Athletics Leaders w/ Jose Canseco) #759 [3 available]
1991 Fleer #17 [3 available]
1990 Score #385
1990 Classic Update #T33
1989 Score #3
1995 Leaf #240
1989 Fleer (SuperStarSpecials w/ Jose Canseco and Terry Steinbach) #634 [3 available]
1989 Fleer #17
1993 Topps Black Gold #39
1988 Score #5
1996 Bazooka #74

[updated 7/7/13]

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