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Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 5/1/13

A rare 1987 Donruss rookie PSA Barry Bonds baseball card signed by the player himself is available on eBay. What makes this card special — besides the former Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder's signature — it that it comes with a few words of wisdom, Say No To Drugs, scrawled across the card by Bonds himself. The same signed card — which usually goes for about $125 — is now going for an asking price of $100,000 because of the ironic nature of those four words. The seller, who actually goes by bonds_autograph, claims “This card represents the most unique and ironic collectible available for the polarizing star.” He also says the card has been verified by PSA.  The price of the card — with a photo of the then scrawny Bonds and those prophetic words — soars because of the irony factor. But $100 Grand?!

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3 Comments:
  • Who cares. Bonds is a joke and has been since around 1993. you can burn the card cause it aint worth a crap as far as I'm concerned.

    He ruined his name and his respect for baseball and doesn't deserve to be any where near the hall.

    A 100k for his card, really...only a dumb mutha would pay that. Just because of what was wrote on the card don't make him an athlete and especially because he was a doper himself.

    This completely discusts me. another POS athlete that rakes in dollars for something he COULDNT do on his own without dope.

    Flippin doper bonds, you suck. He is no STAR by any means.
  • "Burn the card?" Really? Not worth anything? I disagree. Of course it's worth something! It's worth learning a sad lesson from at the least!

    Though it is quite a shame when Heroes dishonor their good name by failing our expectations of them and showing their regrettable humanity when we wanted them to be superhuman, we should not be too quick to tear down all their history or to strike their name from every list, to let their whole legacy be forgotten and their entire house be left to the same ash that people whose names aren't remembered are stuck with. That's a bit of a melodramatic way of putting it sure, and I'm not saying sugar-coat the histories. I'm not saying leave out the truth. I'm just saying that instead of tearing down monuments and completely turning our backs on the people we idolize...we just need to ruefully, mornfully carve yet more words at the bottom of stories, explaining what really happened. But the names should be remembered. The Heroes can become Tragic, Realistic Heroes if they have to stop being Super Heroes. And we can still have them be markers of History. And that would mean that Historical Artifacts that have a connection to those characters would still be worth keeping in museums and valuing highly.

    Achilles, for example, is practically the opposite of a good moral role model, but if anyone discovered a sword buried in the sand with Achilles' and Hector's names on it in Achilles' forge-writing (I know it would be impossible to say it was a genuine article, even if such a thing were found- humour me and go along with the spirit of the example) would we melt down such a sword because Achilles was a raging monster not worthy of honor, or would we keep the sword in a glass case because even the Infamous individuals should be remembered alongside the famous ones?

    Be angry at cheating athletes all you want, but remember their names, and put them in books, and sell their collectibles for ridiculous prices, and keep alive what the Villains of History have to teach us, hoping that the people listening to your story decide not to be like that when they grow up.

    Forgetting and Burning the bad histories only make them more likely to be repeated. It's an attempt to punish out of revenge and resent, but it's not a good or helpful attitude in the long run. Barry Bonds used to be a Star. Now he's a Fallen Star. Let's Celebrate the Star, Mourn the Fall, and Remember the whole thing Truthfully.

    Maybe the Irony and Tragedy of this card symbolizing a dream being shattered...maybe it will become a rallying symbol for all the causes to clean up cheating and drugs out of all the sports? Wouldn't that be something? It wouldn't be able to completely undo the damage done, but it would be a little ray of silver lining on a cloud, y'know? I mean sure, what are the chances of that happening. But, people have to dream against the odds, because dreaming with the odds isn't a dream worth fighting for.
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