More from 1975

Here are three more cards from 1975 for your viewing pleasure:

1975 topps Rick Wise

Photo taken just before nap time...

1975 topps Chuck Taylor

Can't really make any jokes here. Decent-for-the-era (bullpen) action shot and a disturbingly perfect border color-combination. Also, Chuck Taylor is about the badassest name there is.

1975 topps Joe Lovitto

I see your Schwartz is as big as mine...

Oh, I should mention, all of these cards (except Fergie) from 1975’s finest acid trip are available for trade for Cubs from the same year (I have none, so all are on the table right now).  And there are still two left, including a Hall of Famer.  Call ya shot.

Now can I go to sleep please?

Comedians should mention baseball cards more often.

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eBay Winnin’s 2: The Legend of Curly’s Gold

Here’s some more pretty pictures of stuff I won on eBay, and almost all of it is up for trade.

Oh yes, it’s time for trade bait.  A whole mess of Bowman Baseball up for the tradin’.

Game Used Goodies!

Game Used goodies...

Jesus Delgado, Brent Lillibridge, Max Ramirez, Jeff Niemann, Matt LaPorta, Ramiro Pena, Brian Bocock game-used base (#ed to /135-ish, don’t remember for certain off the top of me head), Andrew McCutchen

Contemplating keeping the last two, but make an offer if you want ’em.  I’m willing to deal, for the time being anyway.

Maybin Mania!

Maybin Mania!

Cueto’s going to JD’s Daddy, but the Maybins are available…

Random dudes are random

Random dudes are random

Longoria RC, Brian Barton, & Melky Cabrera and Scott Van Slyke Gold Parallels

Huzzah!

Bowman Baumgarner & Porcello

I guess I got case break leftovers or something...

A Porcello will also be going to JD’s Daddy, but everything else is available.

Shinies

Shinies

Gallardo is another one going to JD’s Daddy, but the rest are available. Zach Jevne is #ed to /500 and Michael Bourn & Hank Blalock are #ed to… something. /250 maybe?  Cannot remember, don’t have ’em handy to check.

Bowman Autos

Finally, the autos...

I think Pie is with the Orioles now (poor fella), so if there is an O’s fan that wants it, I can give it up.  And the Phillies dude is Jason Knapp.

There ya go.  Aside from the three (Gallardo, Cueto, & one of the Porcellos) going to JD’s Daddy over at JD’s Wild Cardz, all are available until further notice.  Peace.

Does it sound wrong when I say besos?

All I Can Do is Smile…

For you see, someone out there has painstakingly taken all those little incomplete, fractured thoughts and misgivings that I can’t quite properly express or factually back up on my own, that gnaw at me when my mind comes to rest on the thought of performance enhancing drugs in baseball.  I have mentioned before that I’m “over it” as far as steroid/PED drama was concerned, and (I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this).  Please check out the link I’m dropping at the end of this post (will also be permanently linked on the side of my blog), and maybe have your mind blown.

I will say that if your mind is so thoroughly made up against PEDs, rational thought may not be able to reach you.  Disappointing, but it happens.  Regardless of how deep your bias runs, I ask you this: Of all the anti-PED sentiment out there, what/who has actually backed up their rhetoric with anything more than hearsay and vague stories/claims/etc?  Who has ever presented scientifically-tested data and the words of noted experts to back up their often vitriolic anti-PED stances?

This is one of the key problems I have always had with this subject.  I just cannot seem to find more than, at best, anecdotal evidence to support the dangers of performance enhancers (in adults).  And as far as the moral and ethical reasons I’ve heard for how PEDs damage the credibility of the game, I don’t really buy into them all that much.  At the very least they are infinitely debatable, and it really ticks me off when writers and politicians and even common fans shout from their soapboxes like they have any kind moral highground here, when they can’t back it up with anything but a chorus of people saying the exact same thing, nobody providing a good reason for it.  It’s just a vicious cycle of BS, and to me it all rings hollow.  And that’s a real good way to turn me off of what your selling in a big way real fast.

So we find ourselves here today.  I happened upon this great lil website that has taken it upon itself to look at all the reasons performance enhancing drugs are being taken to task, and thoughtfully break every last one of them down into the quivering mass of lies, misconception, ignorance, and logical fallacies that ultimately rest at the heart of each issue.  And glory be, does it ever cite it’s sources, they really did their homework, quite ably discrediting the misconceptions and lies surrounding steroids and PEDs and their negative effect on baseball and a person’s physical wellbeing, not to mention giving some useful opinions from people who have the background to give said opinions real weight on the ethical quagmire that performance enhancers in sports create.

As an added bonus, it also nicely illustrates just how incredibly screwed up our society is. 🙂

So yeah, if you see me smiling a little more wryly than usual, I might be feeling a little validated right now.

With that all tediously (depending on where you fall on the issue and what you think of my writing) said, here’s the link: Steroids, Other “Drugs”, and Baseball

Note of caution, there is a TON of stuff to take in over there.

If you give it a fair shot (or even if you don’t), please let me know what you think.  I most definitely want to hear what y’all have to say about this.  Like I said, I was basically reading my own personal thoughts on the subject and getting the proof for my misgivings that I didn’t have within me to seek out on my own.  Agree or disagree, let’s get some intelligent discourse going.

You’re not going crazy, chum.  You’re going sane in a crazy world!

Post Fail & a Poll

Damn, I had at least two more posts planned for the weekend, but my furkkin’ computer arbitrarily decided “No more editing scans for you, Mr.”  So I got nothin’.  But seeing the Benchwarmers still up there gives me an idea to try out for a poll.

If the results are favorable, maybe Benchwarmers on Saturday mornings might become a regular thing here, like Waxaholic’s cheerleaders on Sunday.  Well, till I run out of new cards in 4-6 weeks. 😛

He gone!

Selling Out for the Blog Hits: eBay Winnin’s #1

Yaharr, when I scanned the half done sketch cards, I also (at the risk of being b*tched out, no less) scanned some of the eBay stuffs from recent weeks to share with y’all.  Hawt chicks & Aramis Ramirez & trade bait ahoy!  This is #1 of about a gazillion, btw.

First, the hawt chicks.  Bring on teh Benchwarmers!

Cora Skinner Auto

I... I don't know who she is. Sorry.

Leslie Gomez Auto

Think clean thoughts, chum. 🙂

Jaime Hammer Auto

Hey cool, someone sorta recognizable. Probably why she was 2/3 of the cost of these cards.

Okay gents, how’s that for a kickoff to your Saturday?  Are y’all awake now?  It’s card-related at least, right? 😛

More of this to come, mayhaps…