We're all aware that the 756 ball that Bonds hit is eventually going to get branded, you know, once Marc Ecko decides to stop using it as a gimmick to sell his crappy clothes.
But now that asterisk is starting to turn up in other places as well.
Upper Deck is now taking shots at Bonds - who just so happens to be a Topps spokesman. Upper Deck recently released their annual "sweet spot autographs" line which sells for $100+ per pack, but each pack contains the signature of one current baseball star on a cowhide insert card. They usually look like this.
But I'm guessing you know what appeared on the 756 card.
Yep, one huge asterisk.
So far, three collectors have found an asterisk card. One of the asterisk cards sold Monday night on eBay for $955 after drawing 41 bids. A second card appeared and was bought immediately for $1200. There's one more left up on eBay, should you be much wealthier than I am.
Upper Deck claims that these cards weren't intended for distribution, which naturally begs the question: "Then why did you make them?"
At this point though, it doesn't really seem to matter anyway. If Bonds is ultimately found guilty of perjury, or gets named in the Mitchell Report, I wouldn't be surprised to see the public just cut to the chase and tattoo an asterisk onto his head.