Truth be told, the Gungan that I really want is the one that was packed in with the Fambaa! While I do in fact have 4 Fambaa's, I've never opened any of them, so I'd like to get this Gungan loose if possible. And if anyone is wondering what you do with 4 Fambaa's, it's for when I'm able to have a ping-pong table sized display of the Gungans battling the Trade Federation on Naboo.
Yes, Bonds is no longer covered by the CBA with regards to merchandising. His personal representatives now negotiate his merchandising on a case by case basis.
As for the Cooperstown series, you nailed it right on the head. McFarlane had to negotiate the player likeness rights with the players themselves. Then, I believe the existing deal they have with MLB lets them reproduce the uniforms.
There's been no secret about the Ryan and Canseco figures. McFarlane showed the Ryan off as one of the first pieces that was sculpted for this line. The holdup was because of Ryans retirement, and he wasn't covered in McFarlane's agreement with MLBPA.
I've been pretty lucky in Series 4 & 5. I managed to get 2 of Goliath with the Wasp & Ant Man, and I got 2 of the Red Skull.
But I definitely agree, these shouldn't have been chase figures. If they're going to make a new sculpt, make it for general release. I think the chase figures should be some sort of costume variant for a character, not an entirely new character.