Does Recent Steroid News Hurt Alex Rodriguez Even More With Collectors?

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:

2006 Topps Finest Alex Rodriguez Auto

2006 Topps Alex Rodriguez Auto On Card

1998 Donruss Signature Series Alex Rodriguez Auto

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.

1999 Skybox Autographics Barry Bonds Auto

2013 Topps Five Star Ryan Braun Auto

2001 Fleer Triple Crown Roger Clemens Auto Relic

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.

2 thoughts on “Does Recent Steroid News Hurt Alex Rodriguez Even More With Collectors?

  1. I have been trying to pick up some nicer singles of his rookie cards lately, but dealers still act as if it is 5 years ago.

    I’ve been trying to get his SP Holoview rookie graded at PSA 10, but many dealers on ebay are too chicken-shit to list it on a 7 day auction starting at $0.99.

    Most of them want $175 or more, BIN. They are dreaming. His value is dropping like a rock right now. I was able to pick up an SP Authentic on-card auto of his LAST year for under $60.

  2. AROD is a cheater and will never get in the Hall of Fame. His numbers are fake. Come on over, will give you all my aroid shit. That’s what I think of him and all other cheaters. Like Braun, Bonds…

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