- Bonds, who owns baseball's single-season home run record, has been under intense scrutiny since excerpts of a new book
Released last week said he actively used steroids for at least five seasons.
Third on the all time home run leader list, with 714 in reach. What effect will this have on Barry Bonds memorabilia?
Six MVPs, a
single-season record 73 home runs, currently third on the all
time home run list, and countless other accomplishments.
The numbers are there to considered him as an all time great.
Yet, some members of the Hall of Fame committee are already questioning if he
should be in the Hall of Fame at all. Its a question "of old
school" verses "new school," and the same will be for Barry Bonds
"old school" myself, I have no use for modern day, over- issued
baseball cards. Over priced autograph signings by multi-millionaire
ballplayers. I will in fact write this article with no stance
either way. Walk into a group of guys talking baseball, and you
will have a debate about anything and everything. It's part of
baseball, "old school," and "new school." Who's better Mantle or
Mays, the Dodgers or the Giants, was it a ball or a strike? Do
Steroids help you hit home runs? Old School will damn it in a
heart beat... new school will defend it or shrug it off.
Barry Bonds Memorabilia? The majority of collectors who
collect modern day players are under the age of 40. It's just a
matter of collecting players from the era when you grew up. I
would rather buy a Bobby Murcer rookie card over a Barry Bonds
rookie card for the same price. It has nothing to do with any
dislike for Bonds. I grew up watching Bobby Murcer and idolized
him. A person who grew up idolizing Barry Bonds will snatch up
the Bonds card. The next question is, Does the Barry Bonds
collector stop collecting because of steroid use?
I would say that
the majority of Bonds collectors are new school. Not all, but
most. I don't think that the steroid use becomes a major issue
with them. Especially if Major League Baseball permits Bonds to
continue playing, passes "The Babe" and breaks
Hank Aaron's record of 755 home runs.
Proof of this is
on eBay. The price of Barry Bonds memorabilia has not been
affected in the least. Following are some examples:
Auction ended Mar-13-06- Ticket stub for the May 30, 1990 BARRY BONDS HIT A HOME RUN
IN THIS GAME $78.77 This is the same price a
1957 Mickey Mantle Home Run#182 ticket sold for in Auction.
Auction ended Mar-12-061987 fleer BARRY BONDS rookie mint $27.00
Auction ended Mar-13-06 BARRY BONDS SIGNED MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Bonds Hologram and his personal COA
2 Auctions- ended Mar-13-06 1986 Topps Traded Tiffany Barry Bonds PSA 9
$495.00 / BGS 9.5 $1,280.76
Auction ended Mar-13-06 Barry Bonds Autograph Rawlings Model Bat Scoreboard Inc
My favorite from another auction Site
Bonds Pirates "Say No to Drugs" Wrist
Pictured on the right. Auction Ended 3/16 Finale price
The main point here is not if the prices are
good or bad, but the money is being spent. The fact that
collectors are still spending money on Barry Bonds memorabilia,
(not cheap either) shows that all this news about steroid use is
not having any effect on Barry Bonds memorabilia. With or
without the steroid issue, there will always be the argument.... is
Barry Bonds better than Hank Aaron? The Barry Bonds fan will
still be there when the dust clears. They Love him in San
Francisco. He is their franchise.
If baseball Stops Bonds from playing another game
because of steroid use, then I think it will have an effect on
his memorabilia. This will not happen because Barry Bonds
Sells Tickets. Ballparks across the country will be filled up to
watch his historic quest of 755. Money is to be made, and Major
League Baseball will not throw this money away. The steroid
issue will be diplomatically swept under the rug in the best
possible manner. The Barry Bond collector has nothing to worry
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