Jan 12, 2010 1
The news yesterday about Mark McGwire finally admitting to taking steroids reminded me of a “Hansen OFF Football” entry I made over three years ago, so I figured I’d share it again:
One group that’s been overlooked when people talk about the issues with steroids in Major League Baseball is the poor slobs who’ve been collecting baseball cards for the last 20-30 years, like me.
To give you some background:
I was an avid baseball card collector when I was younger and even collected after I graduated from high school. But when I was 20 years old, I went to a huge card show and brought with me a ton of quality rookie cards that I had in duplicate, looking to do some trading. I came across a Tommy Lasorda rookie card and wanted it for sentimental reasons (I’m a Dodger and huge Lasorda fan). The card was being sold for $175, and I offered the guy a Ricky Henderson (a hot card at the time listed for like $180), Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken, and Wade Boggs rookie for the Lasorda rookie. My offer totaled over $500 in book value, yet the guy didn’t take the deal. He said he had 90 Hendersons, [...]