The Most Expensive Mark McGwire Cards of All-Time

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Are you wondering what the most expensive Mark McGwire cards ever sold are? Let's dive right in to it!

1998. Jordan’s last dance, Elway wins back-to-back Super Bowls, and Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa are dueling it out for home run infamy. Big Mac would ultimately don the N.L. home run crown after a mythical 70 homers.

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This was a steroid-laden time in baseball’s history when 60-home run seasons were almost commonplace. Players like McGwire, Bonds, Sosa, and Griffey were mashing baseballs into the upper decks like they were swatting flies. In turn, these players developed immense fandoms, and most of them are still highly collected players in the hobby.

McGwire, a 12-time All-Star, has several valuable trading cards that were produced during his 16-year career. Today, we are highlighting the 10 biggest Mark McGwire card sales of all time.  To keep the list fresh, we are only allowing an individual card to appear once.  Let’s jump right in and show off the most expensive Mark McGwire cards ever sold!

1. Mark McGwire 1985 Topps Tiffany Rookie #401 PSA 10 - $30,000

Mark McGwire 1985 topps tiffany USA baseball

To start the list off, we have the quintessential Mark McGwire grail. This 1985 Topps Tiffany rookie takes up seven of the eight highest Big Mac sales ever, and it’s one of the most coveted cards from the junk wax era. Topps Tiffany cards have a notoriously lower print run than regular sets from the time, and they were printed on a higher-quality cardstock.

The photo shows a then 21-year-old McGwire when he was on the U.S.A national team, long before his tenured stays in Oakland and St. Louis. There are only 35 PSA 10s of this card, and it has sold for as high as $30,000 from a 2021 eBay best offer.

**Note: the card photographed above is from an April 2021 PWCC auction, which sold for $27,800.

2. Babe Ruth / Mickey Mantle / Joe DiMaggio / Sammy Sosa / Ken Griffey Jr. / Mark McGwire 2002 Upper Deck Signs of Greatness Autograph - $5,880

2002 Upper Deck Signs o  Greatness Ruth DiMaggio Mantle Sosa Griffey McGwire

It is almost laughable that this card sold for less than $6,000. On the left, we have arguably the three greatest Yankees of all time. And while Sosa and McGwire share their load of controversy, they are still extremely relevant players to baseball’s lore. This 2002 Upper Deck booklet last sold in 2020, and we are willing to bet it would go for a lot more at auction today.

3. Mark McGwire 1999 Skybox Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems (PMG) /50 PSA 7 - $3,800

1999 Metal Universe PMG Mark McGwire

We’ve talked extensively about how influential Precious Metal Gems (PMGs) are in the hobby. This rendition from 1999 features McGwire coming off of his historic ‘98 campaign. Given their design, PMGs are susceptible to wear and tear over time. Nevertheless, this copy still managed a PSA 7 grade, making it the biggest McGwire PMG sale of all time.

4. Mark McGwire 1998 Skybox Precious Metal Gems (PMG) /50 BGS 8.5 - $3,050


Here is another PMG, but this one stems from the inaugural 1998 set. It has a better grade and comes from Big Mac’s historic season, yet the ‘99 copy has consistently higher sales. Regardless, this is a phenomenal addition to any late-90s baseball card collection, and you will never go wrong with early numbered cards.

5. Mark McGwire 1999 Fleer Flair Showcase Row 2 Legacy Masterpiece 1/1 BGS 9 - $3,049

MARK McGWIRE 1999 Fleer Flair Showcase Legacy Masterpiece

The design on late 90s Flair cards is some of the best we’ve ever seen in the hobby, and this is a prime example. We see two action shots of the Cardinals’ first baseman on this one, both in the field and at the plate. It is also a 1/1 masterpiece, receiving a coveted BGS 9 grade along the way. This ‘99 McGwire was last sold in August 2022.

T-6. Mark McGwire 2016 Topps Dynasty 1/1 Logoman Patch Autograph BGS 9.5 - $3,000

Mark McGwire 2016 Topps Dynasty Logoman Patch Auto

Tied at six is the one and only logoman patch autograph on the list. For years now, Topps Dynasty has been a mainstay in high-end baseball cards. They’ve consistently curated the best patches and signatures of the game’s greats, which is why they’re always a big-time release. This 1/1 logoman also graded as a BGS 9.5, and it sold for right at $3,000 in July 2022.

T-6. Mark McGwire 2018 Topps Tier One 1/1 Bat Knob Autograph - $3,000

2018 Topps Tier One Mark McGwire Bat Knob Auto

Relics just don’t get cooler than this. This 1/1 signature from Topps Tier One features the knob of a game-used bat from McGwire’s playing days. Bat knobs are the big chaser in Tier One, and they typically run between one in every 700-800 boxes. Pulling one of these is no small feat, so it’s no wonder why this one sold for $3,000 as well.

T-8. Mark McGwire 1993 Topps Finest Refractor PSA 10 - $2,500

1993 Topps Finest Refractor Mark McGwire

1993 was the first year of Topps Finest, a revolutionary optichrome trading card. Early Finest designs have held up very well throughout the hobby’s history, and many modern sets draw inspiration from them. This ‘93 McGwire refractor is visually striking and a must-have for any high-end 90s baseball collector. Only a Pop 39, it has traded for as high as $2,500 on eBay.

T-8. Mark McGwire 2016 Panini Flawless Silver /15 Dual Patch Autograph PSA 10 - $2,500


While Panini has never held rights to the MLB license, they’ve still been able to produce some incredible cards sans logos. Panini Flawless is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular-looking sports cards ever made, and you can see why with this McGwire dual-patch signature. The jersey relics include a piece of the St. Louis logo, which is accompanied with some sweet on-card penmanship. It last sold for $2,500 during a November 2022 auction.

10. Mark McGwire 2020 Topps Project 2020 Matt Taylor Gold Frame 1/1 - $2,010

2020 Project Topps Mark McGwire Matt Taylor Gold Frame

3 years ago, Topps rolled out their Project 2020 set, where artists were able to take creative liberties with some of the most iconic Topps rookies of all time. Some of these artist renderings, like the Ermsy Mike Trout rookie, became very sought after within the hobby. Artist Matt Taylor took a futuristic approach when redesigning the wood-grained 1987 Topps McGwire, and the result is awesome. This is the gold-framed 1/1 from the set, and it sold for just north of $2,000 in December 2021.

Which of the most expensive Mark McGwire cards on this list is your favorite? Were you a Mark McGwire fan growing up? Do you have any of his high-end collectibles? Let us know @CardTalkPod on Instagram and Twitter!

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