11.02.2009

Barry Bonds, 1991 Fleer Pro-Visions

Name: Barry Bonds
Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Position: Outfield
Value of card: One giant black and yellow belt
Key 1990 stat: Endless omens
Seeing into the future: You have to give credit to the artists at Fleer. Sure, even in 1990, everyone knew Barry Bonds was a potent slugger who injected fear into the hearts of his opponents. We knew his bat was a dangerous, if not lethal, object. We knew he was from some alternate universe where the night sky was somehow black and yellow, and that his eyes were ridiculously small compared with the rest of his face. But what this artist saw that no one else did was that Bonds was on BGH — belt growth hormone. During his rookie season, Bonds' belt was inconspicuous, if not scrawny. But slowly, as the years went by, his waistband grew to an abnormal width, leaving the public with no choice but to question whether he was using accessory enhancing drugs. The rumors hung over his head like a Baseball Card Bust cup, and the sport's fans turned on him, throwing sashes, cumberbunds and girdles on the field until his retirement after the 2007 season.
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