11 Baseball Figures – 8 by McFarlane – Bonds, Johnson, Thomas, McGwire and More.
Lot 234. 11 Baseball Figures – 8 by McFarlane – Bonds, Johnson, Thomas, McGwire and More. Five figures are from Todd McFarlane’s “SportsPicks” offering; three others are McFarlane “Big League Challenge” issues. Two figures are from Starting Lineup, and one, from “Sports Illustrated.” Barry Bonds is the subject of three figures, and Frank Thomas and Mark McGwire both appear twice in this collection. Each figure is mint in its original package. The “SportsPicks” figures are Bonds (Series 2 and Series 5), Randy Johnson (Series 1), Hideki Matsui (Series 8) and Ichiro Suzuki (Series 1). The three McFarlane “Big League Challenge” figures represent Bonds, McGwire and Alex Rodriguez. McGwire appears again in a Starting Lineup “Pro Action” figure, and Thomas is depicted in a 1997 Starting Lineup figure and “Sports Illustrated” Collection Fine Pewter Figure. Four “SportsPicks” packages are nm-m. The package with the Bonds Series 5 figure is damaged; the figure is unaffected. The “Big League Challenge” packages housing Bonds and Rodriguez are nm-m except for a small corner crease. The McGwire package has a corner crease and a small (1/8”) edge tear. For each, the plastic over the figure shows some darkening. The McFarlane figures are each about 6” tall and nicely detailed. McGwire’s Starting Lineup “Pro Action” figure resides is a plastic case package. The surrounding heavy paper shows a couple of small creases and a price sticker. The package with the Thomas pewter figure is nm. Thomas’ 1997 Starting Lineup package has a corner crease and a light back crease. Thomas was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2014, the first year he was eligible. He was one of a small number of sluggers who was not suspected of using performance enhancing drugs in the era he played. A two-time AL MVP, he was the seventh player in MLB history to retire with a batting average of at least .300 and 500 or more home runs. He is 20th on MLB’s all-time home run list. Minimum Bid $40.