Do you agree with Adam?December 19, 2008 at 9:49 pm | Posted in Beckett, Blogs | 11 Comments
One semester when I was in college, signs started showing up in almost every classroom, every dining hall, almost every building on campus that simply said, “Do you agree with Adam?” Soon, people started wearing t-shirts with the same question, and later they wore t-shirts that said “I agree with Adam”. Everyone was talking about what the question meant, until a few weeks later when we found out that it was just a campaign by some stupid religious group that was trying to get attention.
Anyway, I thought about the whole “Do you agree with Adam?” thing after reading and watching Gellman’s commentary about Beckett’s latest ridiculous video box break of 2008 Playoff Prime Cuts. Gellman is by far the most vocal critic of Beckett’s unethical business practices of anyone on the internet, but he is definitely not the only person who feels strongly about the mockery that they make of the hobby. Many bloggers have written posts or commented on other people’s posts, and voiced their disapproval of some of the things that Beckett has done. But I still think there are people at Beckett and the card companies, and even some collectors out there, who think that Gellman is the only person (or at least one of a small minority) who disapproves of what Beckett does.
If we want to see positive changes made in the sports card collecting hobby, including a significant reduction in Beckett’s influence on the hobby, then it’s time for collectors everywhere to take action. No, we don’t have to write about Beckett every day. It’s a lot more fun to focus on the many good aspects of collecting. But I have an idea of something that any card blogger can do, or anyone with a web site, or for that matter, anyone who posts on a message board. I’ve created a very simple graphic that I’ve placed on the sidebar of my blog. It simply states, “I agree with Adam. Beckett SUCKS!” I’ve linked the graphic to Sports Cards Uncensored so that anyone who clicks on it will go to Gellman’s blog where they can read a lot more about Beckett’s negative influence on the hobby. If enough people post that graphic on their blog, their site, or their message board signature, people in the hobby will start to realize that there are a lot of people out there, not just Gellman, who don’t approve of what Beckett does.
If you want to post the graphic on your site, here’s the HTML code to use:
<a href="http://www.sportscardsuncensored.com/" target="_blank"><img src="https://fielderschoice.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/beckett_sucks.jpg"></a>
If anyone out there has better skills at making nice-looking graphics than I do, feel free to improve on it.
I also took some action by posting my own YouTube video in response to Gellman’s. I apologize in advance if I rambled on a little; I know that I can be very long-winded sometimes. It was the first time that I ever sat down and just started talking in front of the video camera without having a box to open in front of me.
So the question that I ask to everyone in the sports card blogosphere tonight is, “Do you agree with Adam?” And if you do, what are you going to do about it?