I was never a big fan of Alex Rodriguez to begin with, as I am about as big a Yankee hater as there is. However, after this whole situation has come to light about his desire to extend legal proceedings on his suspension, its hard to ignore his villainous nature. When the steroid news first broke a few years ago, his hobby value pretty much tanked. The question remains – is it salvageable?
Here is where his cards are at, currently:
Here is why I ask, as you can see how people still pay good money to buy Barry Bonds and to a lesser extent, Ryan Braun. Even though the connected dots lead DIRECTLY to cheating, these guys still maintain SOME value in the hobby. Bonds, Clemens and other legendary players are in a different category, obviously. The question is still there, can time heal these wounds, and the answer may be yes.
Even though he cheated, and likely did it through most of his career, Rodriguez still has over 600 home runs on the books. As was said in the 1990s, chicks dig the long ball, and the same goes for collectors. Regardless of how he is perceived in the media, he is still a baseball legend who has accomplished quite a bit. As of now, no asterisks exist in the record books, so he goes in without even a question.
Does this mean there aren’t still people out there who wont collect his stuff? No, of course not. As a member of the Yankees, he will always carry hobby weight, and that is a fact. Same thing goes for Barry Bonds. The other part of it has to do with whether or not he would carry more weight if he was clean. That answer is about as clear as it gets. You wont see me buying any of his cards any time soon, let me put it that way.