Mark McGwire Rookie Card – Best Cards, Value, and Checklist


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Mark McGwire rookie card

Mark McGwire (10/1/63) is a former first baseman who featured for the Oakland Athletics and the St. Louis Cardinals as a 12-time All-Star, going on to coach the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres as well as the Cardinals.

He is best known for breaking the Roger Maris single-season home run record in 1998. McGwire, Barry Bonds, and Sammy Sosa were human highlight reels during the late 1990s and early 2000s buy many fans suspected help for a foreign substance in hitting these homers.

Although Sosa and Bonds never officially admitted to using PEDs McGwire did and quietly made his way back into the MLB while Sosa and Bonds are still on the outs (in particular Sosa).

Top Mark McGwire Rookie Cards

We’ve prepared a Mark McGwire rookie card checklist, as well as three popular options and an investment outlook for the next few years.


1985 Mark McGwire Topps RC Team USA RC #401

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The base card is the most expensive Mark McGwire rookie card option by a wide margin, although this 1985 Topps card also has a rarer Tiffany edition.

There’s a large Mark McGwire photo on the front (very 1989 Ken Griffey Jr. Upper Deck) picture him with a goofy-ass grin and the bat hung over his right shoulder.

Card Notes: Numbered #401 the back reads “Mark’s 31 Homers in 1984 broke his own USC record. The most feared power-hitter in college ball, he was All-Pacific-10 pick, 1983 & 1984.”

Our Take: This is the McGwire rookie card you want to have if you can afford it… we feel this card could very well double in value at high grades in the next 4 months (buy PSA 10 and 9 grades).


1987 Mark McGwire Topps Tiffany RC #366

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With no 1986 card to speak of, the next best thing is the Tiffany version of his 1987 Topps. It’s more affordable than 1985, coming in at roughly $150 for a gem mint version. 

Card Info: Numbered #366 the back of the card reads; “Mark batted .302 with 53 HR and 147 RBI in 3 seasons at USC. Played on 1984 U.S. Olympic Team”.

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Our Take: A good option for those who can’t afford or can’t get a good deal on the McGwire USA rookie card. Honestly, we like the looks of this card more… we have always been BIG fans of the 87′ Topps wood border!


1987 Mark McGwire Donruss Rated Rookie Card #46

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Another SOLID McGwire rookie card and honestly maybe our favorite.

Whenever we see that classic “Rated Rookie” stamp on a card we always smile… brings us back to youthful days long gone but not forgotten.

Posing for the photo before a game, the card shows McGwire with the bat and a super annoyed yet dull look on his face… he seems to be screaming on the inside “get these people out of here so I can go drink my protein drink wink wink”.

The 1987 Mark McGwire Donruss Rated Rookie Card is a gorgeous card that brings back memories of a time more free and easy

Numbered #46 “Of his first 7 major league hits 3 were home runs and 1 was a double… figures as the A’s regular Third Baseman in 87’s after a standout season in Tacoma… Batted .318 with 13 HR and 59 RBI at Tacoma in 86′ to warrant a late seasons call up…”

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1982 Mark McGwire Anchorage Glacier Pilots Rookie Card

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McGwire Anchorage Card

It definitely came out towards the end of the decade, but McGwire’s 1982 Anchorage Glacier Pilots is still a popular choice for collectors.

Card Info: No Number and the back displays a range of stats i.e. 6’5, 215, and reads; “Mark threw a no-hitter against Laramie, Wyoming in American Legion Tournament finals”.

Our Take: A boring card with a boring photo but something about it drags us in and we actually bought a PSA 10 a few weeks ago. We’re not saying you should go out and buy a bunch of McGwire Pilots cards but one for your collection will do nicely with the upcoming doc.


Other Mark McGwire Rookie Cards

This card didn’t quite make our top three but it still may be of interest to some collectors.

1987 Fleer Update #U-76 Mark McGwire RC

This card comes from the set update from Fleer during the 1987 season. McGwire has a big smile on his face and looks to be ready to hit some long bombs.

The blue borders are the first thing that stands out and they immediately catch the eye. Unfortunately, they are also prone to chipping and may make it difficult to find in higher conditions.


Mark McGwire Rookie Card Value

McGwire rookie cards did have a slight uptick upon the release of the ESPN documentary featuring him and Sammy Sosa which is set to drop June 14 entitled “Long Gone Summer” but not nearly the uptick we thought it would have.

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Mark McGwire Rookie Card Checklist

mark mcgwire rookie card worth

  • 1982 Anchorage Glacier Pilots
  • 1985 Topps #401 (Team USA Baseball Card)
  • 1987 Donruss Rookies #1
  • 1987 Classic (Yellow) #121
  • 1987 Classic (Yellow) #150
  • 1987 Fleer Baseball’s Best Sluggers vs Pitchers #26
  • 1987 Fleer Update #U-76
  • 1987 Topps Tiffany #366
  • 1987 Topps #366
  • 1987 Donruss Highlights #27 (Sets Rookie Home Run Record)
  • 1987 Donruss Highlights #40 (Equal A’s RBI Marks)
  • 1987 Donruss Highlights #46 (Eclipses Jackson’s A’s HR Record)
  • 1987 Leaf #46 (Rated Rookie)
  • 1987 Donruss #46 (Rated Rookie)
  • 1987 Donruss Highlights #54 (Donruss A.L. Rookie of the Year)
  • 1988 Topps All-Star Rookie #580


Mark McGwire Rookie Card: Buyers Guide and Investment Outlook 

Investment Rating: Buy (3.6 out of 5)

Ownership Disclosure: None

Best Mark “Big Mac” McGwire Rookie Card: 1986 Topps Rookie Card #161

McGwire admitted to using steroids back in 2010, and he hasn’t been elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame because of his candor. Likes Bonds we do expect McGwire to eventually make the Hall of Fame… it’s just a question of when.

Although we list McGwire rookie cards as a buy we don’t foresee us buying anytime soon.

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Cathy Dale
Cathy Dale
9 months ago

I have several Mark McGwire rookie cards as well as the whole post dispatch newspapers from St. Louis on home games from 62 to 70 hits. Cards are in mint condition. How could I sell these

7 months ago

I have a Mark Mcgwire card not sure if it is worth anything

5 months ago

Do you still think picking up a 1987 topps tiffany psa 10 for $400 is worth it? Will it drop further or go back up?

Everett Griffith
Everett Griffith
4 months ago

I has the 85 rookie card how can sell? It’s mint

Glen Vantryfle
Glen Vantryfle
3 months ago

I have every single mark mcgwire card. Whats your facebook

Glen Vantryfle
Glen Vantryfle
3 months ago

I have every sosa also

1 month ago
Reply to  Glen Vantryfle

Hi glen, im interested in see these cards pkease or what you have left since nov has been a while ago… a huge mark and sammy fan!!! Probably marks num one fan, look me up on fb profile pic is my standing on a kw 900

Carl dietrick
Carl dietrick
3 months ago

I have lots of rookie cards mark mcgwire, gary sheffield, kent griffey jr, dave justice, sandy aloma jr and lost more

1 month ago

I have lots of different mark mcgwire cards, what’s the best way to sell them

Larry Morrow
Larry Morrow
1 month ago

I have a 1985 Mark Mcgwire rookie miscut card. Can you tell me how much it could be worth? I haven’t seen another one like it. Thank you for your time.

1 month ago
Reply to  Larry Morrow

A card is only worth what a collector will pay for it……

Phil Hummer
Phil Hummer
1 month ago

I have 2 unusual items. First a 1989 Hills Department store Team MVP set, in original pack, complete 1-33. 36 packs unopened 1991 Topps Stadium Club cards(12 per pack)

1 month ago

I have cards in PERFECT condition.. placed in a cover and left until today I seen card are BACK I GOT
Griffies Clements ….. maguire.. I CAN GO on.. there’s a few goin top dollar for sure how long does it take to have them shipped and minted? I’m kinda needing a little cash sooner then later😔
I’m not worried about the condition their untouched since then till today so…. And how much do it cost to have them minted.. looking to sell fast but don’t want to get low balled either😔😔 thanks guys👍😁