Thursday, September 26, 2013

Up For Grabs Cardinalpalooza: Mark McGwire


Previously on the Cardinalpalooza: J.D. DrewColby RasmusYadier MolinaAllen CraigStan MusialRick AnkielDavid Freese | Keith Hernandez | Steve Carlton | Lance Berkman | Lou Brock | Dennis Eckersley

Mark McGwire is a polarizing figure to this day for his (now admitted) PED use during his playing career. And despite his massive popularity during the fabled Home Run Chase of 1998, McGwire was not universally loved by die-hard Cardinal fans. I have some cards of his to get rid of. The list, as always, follows at the end of the post.


Despite McGwire's huge individual successes immediately upon arriving in St. Louis, his golden years were lean years for the team itself. Many Cardinal fans did not appreciate the swell in attention the team was receiving when the team on the whole was floundering. Aside from the two year hangover that followed the 2006 World Series team that saw the team say goodbye to many of its aging stars, McGwire's peak years were the dark years of the Tony La Russa era.


I didn't mind McGwire at the time, in spite of the team's struggles. He was fun to watch and he had an earnest quality about him. He seemed to take all of the attention in stride and never seemed cocky. His attitude seemed, well, very Cardinal-like. Unfortunately, he didn't represent the franchise well when it came to some of the steps he took to perform on the field.


The list:

1998 Fleer Sports Illustrated World Series Fever #80 [2 available]
1998 Pacific #416
1998 Pacific Home Run History #9
1998 Pacific Home Run History #43
1998 Pacific Home Run History #45
1998 Pacific Home Run History #47
1998 Pacific Home Run History #49
1998 Score #RT25
1998 Score (Checklist) #270
1998 Skybox Dugout Axcess #41
1998 Skybox Dugout Axcess (7th Inning Sketch) #127
1998 Skybox Thunder #25
1998 Topps #325 [2 available]
1998 Topps ('97 Season Highlights) #478 [2 available]
1999 Bowman #6 [2 available]
1999 Fleer Ultra #70
1999 Pacific Invincible (Sandlot Heroes) #16
1999 Pacific Omega #197
1999 Skybox Premium #47
1999 Topps #70 [2 available]
1999 Topps (Season Highlights) #201 [2 available]
1999 Topps (League Leaders) #223 [4 available]
1999 Topps Finest #70
1999 Topps Stars (One Star) #8
1999 Topps Stars (Two Stars) #8
1999 Upper Deck Choice #130
1999 Upper Deck MVP #169
1999 Upper Deck MVP (Checklist) #220
1999 Upper Deck Powerdeck Auxiliary Power #AUX-2
1999 Upper Deck Retro #69
1999 Upper Deck Victory (Big Play Makers) #321 [2 available]
1999 Upper Deck Victory (Magic) #439
2000 Fleer Tradition (League Leaders w/ Matt Williams, Sammy Sosa) #4 [2 available]
2000 Pacific #356
2000 Skybox Dominion #37
2000 Topps (20th Century's Best) #232
2000 Topps (Season Highlights) #456 [3 available]
2000 Topps (League Leaders w/ Manny Ramirez) #463
2000 Topps (20th Century's Best) #469
2000 Topps Gallery #70
2000 Topps Gold Label Class 3 #25
2000 Topps Opening Day 2K #OD1 [2 available]
2000 Topps Stars #166 [3 2 available]
2000 Upper Deck (All-UD Team) #523
2000 Upper Deck Black Diamond #80
2000 Upper Deck Ovation #16
2000 Upper Deck Victory #70 [2 available]
2000 Upper Deck Victory Contest Ad Card [2 available]
2001 Bowman Chrome #110
2001 Fleer Futures #54
2001 Fleer Tradition #256
2001 Topps #50 [3 available]
2001 Topps Chrome (Golden Moments) #302
2001 Topps Gold Label Class 1 #72
2001 Upper Deck Ovation #34
2001 Upper Deck Pros & Prospects #53
2002 Fleer Tradition #177
2002 Upper Deck (Checklist) #745
2002 Upper Deck Ovation (Superstar Spotlights) #117
2002 Upper Deck Ovation (Superstar Spotlights) #119
2002 Upper Deck Prospect Premiers (Tribute to McGwire) #MM102
2003 Upper Deck Victory #88 [3 available]
2003 Upper Deck Victory Green #88

[updated 10/8/13]

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