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blowoutcards 11-06-2009 03:06 PM

Canseco Returns to the Big Leagues
Canseco Returns to the Big Leagues
By Mario Alejandro

In case you missed the news this week, the Upper Deck Company announced that it had signed a non-exclusive autograph deal with former MLB Most Valuable Player, Jose Canseco. While this may not be the most popular move by the Carlsbad, California company, it proves that it is giving collectors exactly what they want.

To fully appreciate this Blog entry, you should know that I grew up idolizing Jose. Being an only child in a single-parent home, to me Jose was much more than a guy who could crush 500-foot home runs and drive fast cars. He was the father I never had and the man I hoped to become one day.

When news broke, by Jose himself, that he had “cheated” to reach his career milestones, it was a tough blow for me. Unlike some, I didn’t stand up to support my hero. I simply tuned out. I stopped watching baseball and didn’t turn on another game for five long years.

It’s 2009 and not only have I begun watching baseball again; I’ve actually learned to forgive Canseco and others who have let me down (Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, etc.). Do I still look at Jose in the same light? Absolutely not. He lived a lie his entire career and then snitched out his friends because baseball wouldn’t let him back in to reach 500 career home runs.

Despite all this, Jose is still extremely popular among many in the Hobby. There is a large group of collectors dedicated to Canseco’s cards and memorabilia and to say they have been anxiously waiting for this day would be a huge understatement. Earlier this year, I noticed that a Canseco card on eBay – a 1989 Upper Deck Buyback base card – sold for nearly $50.


Just last week collectors were shocked to find a real Jose Canseco card inside of Upper Deck’s 2009 Sweet Spot Baseball release. It is a rare, game-used bat barrel insert numbered to five and despite all the hate Jose receives among sports fans and collectors alike, it very quietly sold for more than $300 dollars.

This signing has to give hope to those collectors of players like Bonds, McGwire, Sammy Sosa and others. Those guys have had to walk away from collecting or go back in time to find cards from the past after the card industry started shunning any former player who was caught or suspected of cheating.

Today I can say that Upper Deck truly is the collector’s choice. Here’s hoping we see a card 20-plus years in the making; a Bash Brothers dual autograph. If Upper Deck can produce a limited-edition, dual-autograph beauty featuring McGwire and Canseco, it could be the surprise hit of 2010.

Mario Alejandro is a long-time baseball fan who runs the online sports blog called Wax Heaven. You can find more card-related commentary and news on the premier sports cards blog [url=]Wax Heaven[/url].

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go_steelers07 11-06-2009 03:47 PM

who the hell wants anything Canseco????.... besides his mom... maybe

WaxHeaven 11-06-2009 03:55 PM

Typical response.

Check out completed prices of some Canseco cards on eBay and you'll see how many people want them.

Better yet, I'll pull some for you.

[url=]2009 UD SWEET SPOT BAT BARREL NAMEPLATE JOSE CANSECO /5 - eBay (item 370283302205 end time Nov-05-09 07:32:56 PST)[/url]

[url=]2002 Fleer Platinum Jose Canseco National Patch Time - eBay (item 280414304281 end time Oct-30-09 20:45:58 PDT)[/url]

[url=]Prime Patches Jose Canseco Glove/Hat/Jersey Auto /25 - eBay (item 300359360323 end time Oct-25-09 18:17:57 PDT)[/url]

wee111 11-06-2009 04:01 PM

Lol, I knew you'd be alllll over this Mario. Good luck with your collection.

WaxHeaven 11-06-2009 04:07 PM

Thank you, wee111. :)

go_steelers07 11-06-2009 04:07 PM

my question is still valid. who are the "typical" type of people that still collect Canseco?

and i like how you give me the top 3 sold items........ while there are a few in the $20-$50 range and the rest are well under $20 with more cards NOT selling than there are selling.

so i say your response to my post was typical.

WaxHeaven 11-06-2009 04:35 PM

[QUOTE=go_steelers07;375630]my question is still valid. who are the "typical" type of people that still collect Canseco?

and i like how you give me the top 3 sold items........ while there are a few in the $20-$50 range and the rest are well under $20 with more cards NOT selling than there are selling.

so i say your response to my post was typical.[/QUOTE]

They are called player collectors and they spend thousands on his cards. The reason I listed the top 3 is because there is not much in the completed listings recently. He's been left out of products for years but judging by the sale of his first real 2009 card, he's going to be quite a force in 2010.

Not everyone collects "Arod Jeter".

Highcheese4U 11-06-2009 06:02 PM

And just when you thought it couldn't get any better!...Canseco-LOL!!

Next up!....UD signs umpires, ball-boys/girls, and cheerleaders to an exclusive deal for 2010!:devil: :D

mgugs46 11-06-2009 09:05 PM

I would LOVE to have a dual signed McGwire/Canseco card!

The 1986-90 A's were awesome to watch with those 2 clubbing HRs and stealing bases [well, Canseco stealing]

Who cares if he took roids. Still an awesome talent. And as it turns out, the only person to actually tell the truth about this whole steroid thing - MLB execs/players union/commissioner included

RichSlyFox14 11-07-2009 09:26 AM

yeah, i saw a UD blog article about it. kinda cool. sure he's juiced but i dont mind, lol.

romad97 11-07-2009 09:57 AM

I was a huge bash brothers fan when I was a kid. I lived in norcal so I grew up as an A's fan. True he juiced. Its sad, but so have thousands of others. He was a real talent at one point in time. I would not spend the money to buy his stuff anymore but I can see a following for hime still out there. Just becouse a guy is an idiot doesnt neglect the fact that they still had huge talent. And one thing to his credit as someone else already stated, regardless of the motive, he at least has been completely honest about exposing himself. It takes some sort of character for a man to stand up to the scrutiny that he has taken over his honesty. I wish everyone who used would just come out and be honest about it as he did. I think if everyoine who used would just come out and be honest about it then the sport which I grew up idolizing, I mean eat, sleep, and dreamt about, baseball, could finally move on and get out of this negative light that has cast its ugly shadow for the past decade. Regardless of his motive, Conseco manned up to his shortcomings and he was a huge talent and there are still Conseco collectors out there. Good for him. I like to see possitive things come out of situations like his, especially when it comes to the greatest sport on earth, baseball.

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