Sure, he had some of the cream and the clear to help him feel tip-top, but still, he was a damn good baseball player (second only to Babe Ruth all-time, statistically). As far as guys I've seen in person in my limited ballgame-going experience, he's right there among the best I've ever witnessed live along with Tony Gwynn and the Bipster. Plus, now it's common knowledge that over ¾ of all professional ballplayers were doing some type of PED at the time, which makes it harder to hold a grudge. But still, it doesn't seem like many collectors collect Bonds besides Pirate team collectors (begrudgingly) and Giants team collectors (bittersweetly, I'm sure).
So anyways, after hating on him for a while, I've given in and started a Barry Bonds PC. (What? You got a problem with that?) One of the glorious things about my Hundred Card Club method for player collecting is I never have to make too big of a commitment if I want to start collecting somebody. One hundred cards, then out.. or keep casually adding to the total if I want to, like with top favorites such as Gwynn.
Barry Bonds has been a very passive PC for me so far, with only one card I actually went out of my way to acquire. It just arrived yesterday. Let's give it a photo shoot:
Yep, I ponied up for an auto.
It's from 2001 Bowman Heritage, which pays tribute to 1948 Bowman.
Since 1948 Bowman is a black & white set (and as such, so is 2001 Bowman Heritage), the card is a bit drab for my taste. So I threw it in the most ostentatious screwdown case I own. Now it's perfect.
There's the back.
|"What'cha doin' on the floor, Poppa?"|
|"Barry Bonds is a disgrace to baseball and he desecrated the history of the game with his tainted stats. Ruff ruff."|
Here are some more Bonds cards I've passively accumulated over the past year or so. Not pictured are the cards from my original collection, which I still have in a page or two of a binder, the best of which is his 1986 Donruss The Rookies (I still need his other rookie cards [1986 and 1987]).
I'm not saying dump all your unwanted Barry Bonds cards on me, but if you want to send me cards and have absolutely nothing else on my wantlist... sure, send me some Bonds.