Let's face it, if you love baseball, then sometime in your youth you imagined yourself on a baseball card. It is akin to being a child and dreaming of hitting the game winning grand slam in Game 7 of the World Series. With two out and two strikes, no less. I even suspect that most professional baseball players like to see themselves framed on a 2.5 by 3.5 piece of cardboard.
However, imagine your surprise when you do see yourself on a card, and it is nothing like you hoped. You're not making a spectacular diving play in the field. You're not taking a wicked cut at the dish. You're not even holding your bat on your shoulder and gazing into the distance, as the palm trees and stanchions sway in the springtime Florida background.
Instead, imagine if your card is this...
Ouch. Dave Van Gorder was one of four, that's right, four catchers on the 1985 Cincinnati Reds squad. To be immortalized on cardboard warming up a pitcher between innings, while the starter gets his gear on is just disrespectful to me. Making it to the major leagues is a great athletic accomplishment, and even if you are a backup, your card shouldn't scream pine rider.