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.
We’ve prepared a rookie card checklist, as well as three popular options and an investment outlook for the next few years.
Mark McGwire Checklist
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)
Mark McGwire Top 3 Rookie Cards
Here’s a trio of the most popular McGwire rookie cards found at auction.
1985 Mark McGwire Topps RC #401 Team USA Baseball Card (buy on eBay)
The base card is the most expensive option by a wide margin, although the 1985 Topps also has a rarer Tiffany edition. There’s a large player image on the front, while the green and red reverse notes;
“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.”
A PSA 9 recently sold for $285, while a 10 is worth at least twice that amount.
1987 Mark McGwire Topps Tiffany #366
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.
The reverse reads; “Mark batted .302 with 53 HR and 147 RBI in 3 seasons at USC. Played on 1984 U.S. Olympic Team”.
1982 Mark McGwire Anchorage Glacier Pilots
It definitely came out towards the end of the decade, but McGwire’s 1982 Anchorage Glacier Pilots is still a popular choice for collectors.
A simple reverse has a range of stats, and reads; “Mark threw a no-hitter against Laramie, Wyoming in American Legion Tournament finals”.
Mark McGwire Investment Outlook
Given the revelations, it’s no surprise that his rookie card prices have fallen compared to their heyday, but there’s still potential for profit if he manages to make the ballot in the future.