Thursday, September 2, 2010

Guess whoooooooooo?

I just want you to know that even as I write this, my grandmother's favorite quote -- "fools' names and fools' faces often appear in public places" -- is ringing in my head.

Yes, that is a picture of me. On an Allen & Ginter card.

More on that later.

I received this card in the mail today from opoohwan from 2008 Allen & Ginter Card-scape. For some ungodly reason, he wants me to autograph it and send it back to him. He's creating a set featuring card bloggers, and since he collects autographs, too, I guess he wants our signatures. I'm much more at ease signing timesheets and checks and my life away than signing cards. But it's as close as I'll get to being a ballplayer, so I might as well humor him (and myself).

I only hope that he stays with this project and completes the set. As much as I like Wicked and Troll, there doesn't need to be an aborted set of the 3 card musketeers floating around out there.

All right, now about the picture.

I was suckered into sending that photo. And by "suckered" I mean "I sent it of my own free will."

The problem with photos of myself is that cameras and I don't get along. I have hated to take pictures since I was a kid, as my mother will immediately tell you. I don't know why that is, but I just get uncomfortable and end up making a goofy face.

That explains the face I'm making on the card. It's less goofy than usual, but still goofy. I'm also squinting, because the photo was taken on a sunny day at an amusement park this summer, and ol' blondie with the blue eyes can't take the bright places.

So, I swear, I look better than that ... OK, I look just like that. Except with less squinting.

It's too bad you can't see my shirt. It says "BASEBALL" in large, proud letters. And there's an old-timey picture of a ballplayer who looks similar to Ty Cobb.

The cap I'm wearing -- just about the only cap I enjoy wearing -- is a Buffalo Sabres cap.

Three of these cards of me came in the mail. Along with a whole sheet of directions. Sign this, sign that, find a red pen, write something meaningful, hold the door open for me, send me roses, I hate candy, I said roses, damn it!


So, anyway, there you are. Unlike more well-adjusted people, I try to keep my face out of the blog. But someone finally found my weakness -- they said they'd make a card of me. And despite my previous protestations, I think I've come around.

Either that or I've just officially reached foolish.

(Oh, and I apologize for this picture popping up on all your blogrolls.)


  1. Thanks for that. It is similar to finally meeting that radio personality that you've listened to for years. Not the image that I had in my mind.

    I can live with it. I must now go and schedule a therapy appointment.

  2. Does he have a complete run of Beardy heritage cards?

    Disturbing word verification: scrota

  3. Should have had him airbrush a Dodger hat on ya!

  4. Coolest Ginter subset so far. It's nice to have a face to put with the blog/trade packages.

  5. Very cool card. I always pictured you with a goatee for some reason though.

  6. I agree ... very cool idea. It would be fun to see the whole set of bloggers. I could see something like this really hitting it big with collectors if these cards are ever released to the rest of us out here in baseball card land.

    I hope somebody blogs about the entire set.