Archive for Barry Bonds

Did Upper Deck forecast the future with Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa?

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on May 4, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

So while continuing my Purge this morning, I came across my Barry Bonds collection. It’s a binder consisting of about 150 cards with some cool inserts like serial numbered Diamond Kinds and the such. But the very first card that caught my attention was this 2002 Upper Deck Vintage Home Run Leaders error card.

This card didn’t exactly catch the same attention as the 1990 Topps Frank Thomas rare version that also lacks the player’s name his name. But in some ways I find this card equally as important, if not ironic in the least.

Did someone at Upper Deck not believe that Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Luis Gonzalez were legitimate homerun hitters? I’m sure this was a simple printing error — there is a corrected version with the players names — but in some romantic way, it’s fun to think that someone at UD had the foresight to eliminate the player’s names, almost as if they were leaving them off the official record. All three players shown here have been linked to performance enhancing drugs or at least been in the discussion.

Card of the Day: 1999 UD MVP Super Tools Barry Bonds

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , on April 17, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

1999udmvpsupertoolsbarrybondsA few weeks back I purchased a lot of 40 cards — mainly rookies — for like $15. Among the non-rookies was this 1999 UD MVP Super Tools Barry Bonds insert. I’ve owned a copy of this card since 1999 — believe it or not, I actually used to like MVP — but it was not until THIS copy arrived in late March 2009 that I interpreted the name of the insert set as an editorial statement about Bonds character. Some would indeed consider Bonds to be a Super Tool.

Thoughts on A-Rod, steroids and baseball

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

2003 Topps Heritage "New Age Performers"

Am I wrong for not being passionate about the steroids issue?

This is the question I am asking myself  after hearing the news that Alex Rodriguez tested positive in 2003 for using two steroids. Some fans are furious; others see this as a no-brainer issue. For me, I’m intrigued, but not so much that I am ready to write some 5,000-word diatribe expressing my disgust for A-Rod and the game of baseball.

I guess the way I see it now is the same as I have seen it for the last five years — it happened, it is a part of the game’s history and we cannot dismiss the era completely. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1987 Fleer Barry Bonds rookie

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

uu87fleerbondsbgs85So yesterday as I awoke from an early evening nap, I happened upon a golden nugget from Yahoo Sports — a story about Barry Bonds and the legality of HGH, and the classifications of the Cream and the Clear as NOT being steroids at the time they apparently were used by Bonds.

I could not do the story justice if I were to recap its substance in just a few words here. And honestly, you’re better off reading the real reporter’s story — he’s the guy who put in the hard work; I’m just a guy with a blog.

But what I’m wondering is if this story could change the way people thing about the All-Time Home Run King, and what this could mean for Bonds in our hobby. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1998 Score Rookie / Traded Barry Bonds

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

bonds98Man, times were much simpler in 1997, weren’t they?

Roger Maris still held the single-season home run record, and Hank Aaron was the all-time Major League Baseball home run champion.

Collecting baseball cards was about baseball cards and not what was embedded within or what was literally written on them.

And for Barry Bonds, he still was considered one of the greatest players the game had ever seen … and there was no suspicion of him using performance enhancing drugs. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1994 Pinnacle Artist Proofs Barry Bonds

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

Inserts and parallels. That’s what collecting was all about in the early 1990s. When it became apparent that inserts were an instant money maker, card companies decided to make parallels of base cards, inserting them at a rate of one per pack. One of the first was 1992 Topps, which placed one gold foil card in every pack. And then through subsequent years companies made different types of parallels, which were increasingly more difficult to obtain. In 1994, the Score/Pinnacle company began using Dufex technology on their cards, calling the parallels in the Pinnacle base brand the “Museum Collection.” And then they decided to create the supposedly superior Artist’s Proof versions, which were inserted about one per box, and according to Beckett, limited to about 1,000 sets. Continue reading

Awesomely Bad Rap Scene From The 80s

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

So as I was writing my short Joe Young piece this morning, my wife was watching television and stumbled upon a really bad movie from 1989 called “Teen Witch.” The movie was horrid, and she knew it. Hell, Comcast gave it ONE STAR. But she decided to check it out for a few moments. And because many movies from the ’80s are like crack, it was an instant addiction. I managed to avoid most of the movie, but there was one scene that got me out of the office and into the living room:

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