8 disgraced sports stars whose memorabilia has plummeted in value When sporting scandal breaks, it's not just the star's endorsement deals that take a hit. Spare a thought for the humble collector, whose memorabilia collection may have plummeted in value overnight t
News-Antique.com - May 19,2016 - Cyclist Lance Armstrong's memorabilia has fallen the most, down 90% from its peak, reveals the JustCollecting research.
Baseball stars Alex Rodriguez, Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds' memorabilia all down 80%
Oscar Pistorius' collectibles have held their value, despite murder trial
Performance enhancing drugs are the most financially damaging scandal
Performing enhancing drugs, infidelity, homicide when scandal strikes sports stars, the value of their memorabilia usually plunges, reveals JustCollecting's report: 8 Disgraced Sports Stars Whose Memorabilia Has Plummeted in Value
Lance Armstrong's memorabilia, including autographs and signed jerseys, has fallen 90% in value since the cyclist admitted in 2013 that his seven Tour de France victories were drug-fuelled. His autograph is worth just $50 today.
Alex Rodriguez, Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds share second place in the unwanted list all down 80% from their peak. All three have admitted steroid use during their careers.
Tiger Woods: Memorabilia down 45% in value from 2009
OJ Simpson: Down 50% from 1994
Michael Vick: Down 50% from peak
Marion Jones: Down 66% from 2000
Mark McGwire: Down 80% from 1998
Barry Bonds: Down 80% from peak
Alex Rodriguez: Down 80% from 2013
Lance Armstrong: Down 90% from 2013
Oscar Pistorius: Memorabilia value stayed the same
Tonya Harding: up in value since 1993
"Performance enhancing drug use is more damaging to memorabilia values than extra marital revelations or even homicide, because it casts doubt on that star's sporting achievements," explains JustCollecting's Dan Wade.
"It's why Lance Armstrong's autograph and his memorabilia have taken such a tumble in price, while Tiger Woods and Oscar Pistorius have been less affected.
"Armstrong's memorabilia has fallen more than the baseball stars because so many people wanted to believe that the transformation from testicular cancer survivor to Tour de France record breaker was all his own work."
The figures quoted are based on JustCollecting's close monitoring of auction and dealer prices, in addition to expert opinion.
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