A Brush with Fakeness

Ron Galen, a California-based financial planner, struck out in his bid to purchase Jose Canseco's 2000 World Series ring one of a host of memorabilia items the disgraced former slugger had placed on the block. Canseco, an admitted steroid user who acquired the nickname The Chemist for his indiscriminate mixing of performance enhancing drugs, had placed the ring up for sale on his Web site, josecanseco.com.

Ron Galen, a California-based financial planner, struck out in his bid to purchase Jose Canseco's 2000 World Series ring — one of a host of memorabilia items the disgraced former slugger had placed on the block.

Canseco, an admitted steroid user who acquired the nickname “The Chemist” for his indiscriminate mixing of performance enhancing drugs, had placed the ring up for sale on his Web site, josecanseco.com. But after Galen plunked down his credit card and met the requested price of $40,000, he was told that Canseco had changed his mind about selling the ring.

Maybe Galen should have offered the former Bash Brother his planning services. Since retiring from baseball in 2002, Canseco has been liquidating precious assets (such as his '88 MVP award for $30,000 and his ‘86 Rookie of the Year ring for $5,100), and it sounds like he could use some guidance.

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