Heshers and McGwire

markMcwire-donruss1986 Now that we know the baseball card craze of the 80’s/90’s was a facade with no chance of anyone (besides the industry itself) making profit, we can laugh at the 100’s of dollars and sleepless nights and tell our stories of woe. There are many people out there who still think their collections are worth something, yet these bumbling dolts don’t understand supply and demand, and no doubt don’t understand much of anything else either. I recently bought a Mark McGwire 1987 Donruss “rated rookie” for 3 dollars. This is almost unheard of for a guy who once held the single season home run record, and is 10th all time. I felt no nostalgia, and with a “meh” I threw it in a box.

……and then I remembered

In 1987 i was 12 years old (still a few years away from my first “kegger,” which was with a guy named Kevin Ballard who wore a Metallica shirt everyday. He only broke up the monotony on occasion with a Cinderella shirt, who I personally thought sucked the bag, although they did have two ballad hits.) This was one of THE hottest card for a young boy in Northern California, and people wouldn’t trade it for ANYTHING. Eventually, through hours of wheeling and dealing, I had acquired a few of these by the time Jr. high came rolling around. One day in wood shop, a very large, greasy, hispanic rocker type named Billy (who turned out to be a great hitter, but I wouldn’t know that until high school freshman try-outs) offered to trade me a cassette for ONE single, thin cardboard McGwire. I jumped at the chance! I had a shitload of them and welcomed the opportunity to talk to someone “cool” who would take the time and effort out of their probably getting laid life to make a tape for dorky- ass me. ( I was a freckle faced, Opie looking kid who wouldn’t grow into my 6’2 frame until my sophomore year in high school.) Billy brings me the tape the next day and with a nod says,

“You needed to listen to Slayer.”

I waited with anticipation for school to let out and then popped that fucker into my Kmart cassette player, and THIS was the first song. Best trade I ever made, and changed my life forever. Thanks, dude.

2 Comments

All those empty seats behind McGwire’s head. I wish I would have known. Me too. I went coco puffs crazy in the 80’s buying lots of 50 cards each for John Kruk, Kal Daniels, Mike Greenwell, Barry Bonds, Barry Larkin, Terry Steinbeck, McGwire. I think all of those were from 1987. I also bought lots of Pucket in 1985 and Sandberg, Gwynn, and Boggs from 1983….I wouldn’t change a thing, but I mighta traded some for some music like you did. Now we’re taking baseball card anarchy.

In all seriousness, that video clip is mind blowing or the music is. I don’t understand what’s exactly going on there and I don’t really get into it, but but there’s no denying there’s some musical genius there. What freaking speed and precision on the guitar and drums.

Haha! I guess speed metal isn’t for everyone. If I were you I’d send a couple of those Boggs to him. He’s one of the few HOFers who sign for free. Not sure how long that will last.

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