Albert Pujols joins the 500 Home Run Club — does it still matter to collectors? Tell us …

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols hit his 500th career home run Tuesday night in Washington, D.C.

He becomes the 26th member of the 500 Home Run Club, a plateau and group of sluggers that once was quite rare but perhaps isn’t as illustrious as it might have been in the wake of baseball’s battles with performance-enhancing substance issues.

Or, perhaps it’s more special now that players aren’t hitting 50 or more home runs annually?

While long-time 500 Home Run Club collectors will be eyeing items that they may not have been before — or are suddenly wishing for a public signing — it got us wondering what you think.

Tell us in the comments below after taking our polls.

The 500 Home Run Club … does it still matter?

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Do you collect Albert Pujols?

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Do you want an Albert Pujols autograph?

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What do you predict for Albert Pujols' key baseball cards?

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Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. Rick
    Posted April 22, 2014 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    I remember when 400 homers ment something. Now 500 isn’t even that big of a deal. I miss the old days.

  2. Jason K
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    I’m a 500 Club collector. I have autographs for about half of the members, and at least a mem card for another 5 of the members. While the earliest members (Ruth, Foxx, Ott) are likely going to be out of reach for my collection, I hope to add a Pujols (and the other 10 or so attainable guys) autograph to my collection one day. However, I’m not really interested in certified auto cards. I’m only interested in autographed equipment (including balls) or photos.

    Either way… Congrats to El Hombre! Once a Cardinal, always a Cardinal.

  3. Richard
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    The problem is the taint caused by the cheats and suspected cheats.
    With a goodly portion of the top modern players being suspect, it takes away from those who
    do it w/o cheating.

    Actually, now that I think of it, EVERY modern player with the exception of Ken Griffey Jr.
    is under suspicion of using PED’s.

  4. Richard
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Whoops, forgot Frank Thomas, I know of no serious allegations that he used either.

  5. David Johnson
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    It is good to see Pujols back smacking homers, as he definitely has had down years since joining the Angels. His cards are starting to pick up in resale value now, so as long as he continues hitting homers he should definitely be getting some up arrows.

  6. Mike
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    That dude just gave away $10,000 or more ball to a guy making HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS!

    He may think it’s an amazing thing to do now, but wait until Albert snubs him at the park for an auto.

    Or when he has a bill to pay or needs a car.

    The cost of that ball is pocket change to Albert or any star.

    If you want it, pony up REAL money (or several game used items autographed) now or get in line and bid on it.

  7. Randall
    Posted April 23, 2014 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    The majority of recent players who crossed the once guaranteed entry to the HOF plateau are known or suspected PED users. Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Manny Ramirez and Gary Sheffield have cluttered the list as cheating members. Even though I think Pujols is clean, the aforementioned names have severely diminished the glory of reaching 500 HRs. That is why there wasn’t as much “buzz” surrounding Pujols reaching the milestone. It is really sad.

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