Monday, December 17, 2018

1990 Topps Minis #30: Mark McGwire

Perhaps it's fitting that my 300th post is of Mark McGwire, whose turn it is in our look at the 1990 Topps Mini League Leaders set.  It's fitting because the summer of 1987 is when I started collecting cards seriously, and the card everyone wanted out of their wax packs of 1987 Topps was the rookie phenom Mark McGwire.
#30, Mark McGwire.
Just a few years later, McGwire was making good on the hype, putting up big home run numbers and having just won two straight pennants at this point, on the way to a third, with one World Series win.  He led the league with 49 homers en route to his 1987 Rookie of the Year award, a number he wouldn't match until the height of the steroids craze.  I'm glad the consensus has been to keep the worst offenders of the steroids era out of the Hall of Fame, especially those who used them to break the home run records.
Mark McGwire card back.
In 1989 he tied for third in the AL with 33 home runs, and placed 9th in slugging, tied for 10th in RBI, and tied for 10th in walks.

Thanks for reading!  Next up is Mike Moore of the A's.

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