Tag Archives: St. Louis Cardinals

Not Even Close

This past winter Madding at Cards on Cards had an eighth reincarnation of his college football bowl contest. In two of the first seven contests (and ALMOST a third), I took the “prize” for last place. Well, it happened again.

To repeat what I’ve said before, I’m not intentionally trying to lose; my “strategy” has changed little over the years — PICK: B1G conference teams, Mizzou, UCLA; PICK AGAINST: USC, Notre Dame, Nebraska, SEC conference, Texas teams — any other match-ups are picked on a whim. For the most part, B1G teams helped continue my long run.

What were my winnings? What looks like a standard team dump* of Twins cards actually had several neat non-baseball cards too (the best half of the Apple duo – Steven Wozniak, UofM hockey player Sarah Potomak, etc.) and a couple packs of awesome wax. Clearly the valuable treasure of this package though was the two reusable team bags, bubble wrap, penny sleeves, blue painter tape (reusable, of course), packing blanks, and mailing bag — reusable.

I kid!

*yes, Madding did manage to hit my wantlists, too

the whole kit and kaboodle

Thanks for putting up (again) with my shenanigans, Madding!

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Ft. Myers Spring Training IV

This post is way late due to photos lost from my phone, but I had a few that survived, so here goes…

On our yearly trip to Florida, Mo and I stayed again in Ft. Myers at the same Cornerstone Resort condo we were at last year. Thanks to construction along the main drag, Ft. Myers Beach traffic was even more traffic-er than before. Still…no snow, though. And this year, we were joined for a couple days by my (retired) co-worker Ted and his wife Dixie.

Apparently attending a spring training game had been on Ted’s bucket list, so I was looking forward to treating him to the March 8th Cardinals vs. Twins game. Unfortunately, it was a Twins split squad game, plus the first day of their minor league camp, so the practice fields normally bustling with the veterans and promising prospects were empty. Still, it was a beautiful day for a game, and we both had our teams on the field.

Joe scores in the fourth

We had seats in the same location I’ve sat in the past trips to Hammond Stadium, which provided a great view of the field. The Cards went on to eventually win 5-3. We saw a little of everything, but we didn’t see Sano and Park homer, like in the other split squad game against Toronto in Dunedin.

One other disappointment with split squad games is the limited autograph opportunities. I did manage to catch one:

backup catcher Juan Centeno’s autograph

When it all comes down to it, though, you can’t beat the beach.

the view from our lanai

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Two Time Loser

Just this week, a package arrived from Madding at Cards on Cards with the booby prize for worst place in his most recent college bowl game pick ’em contest. This is the second time I’ve come in last; should have had a third time last year but I was foiled saved on the last game of the bowl season. But this time the prize package had no junk cards thrown in! Pity, maybe?

I’d feel bad if I was intentionally attempting to lose, but really, I’m not. My strategy has pretty much been PICK: B1G conference teams, Mizzou, UCLA; PICK AGAINST: USC, Notre Dame, SEC conference — any other match-ups are picked on my whim. For the most part, B1G teams have made this acceptance speech possible.

couple AU, couple chrome, and some s/# cards

Very nice pile — thanks again, Madding!

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Even more teams added to my trade bait page, now including Padres and A’s; looking to trade for Twins cards from my wantlists. You can easily get to the list just under “BASEBALL CARDS” in the dropdown at the top of each page.

I contacted madding at Cards on Cards after his “30 Teams in 30 Posts” featured the Twins – but not quick enough to beat PatP contacting him 😦 – and we worked out a small Cards-for-Twins trade.

clockwise, from top left: 1994 Topps Stadium Club 1st Day Issue #561 Matt Walbeck; 2011 Bowman Chrome Futures Die Cut #18 Miguel Sano; 2010 Topps Chrome Xfractor #50 Joe Mauer; 2009 Bowman Gold #78 Glen Perkins

Thanks again, madding, and hopefully the Cards get back to being a little more consistent with their winning!

And Like A Good Neighbor…

When I made a Twins-for-Cardinals trade with bbcardzman via the Sportscardfun website, I thought in the back of my mind that Eric might be a St. Louis native, but it never occurred to me that he might actually live just a few miles away. Not only that, but he was right on my way to our Good Friday cantata performance, so I swung by his home to exchange cards. Here is a sampling of the Bowman-heavy return package I received:

clockwise, from top left: 1996 Upper Deck SPx Gold #37 Paul Molitor; 2005 Bowman Draft Picks Gold #BDP68 Kevin Slowey; 2003 Bowman Chrome Refractor #15 A.J. Pierzynski; 2003 Bowman’s Best #BB-BK Beau Kemp (auto)

Unless I stumble across someone just down the block, this is probably going to be my closest internet-initiated trade. Way to go, Eric, and thanks for the trade.

The Crosstown Exchange

First, I just wanted to notify bloggers using Blogger that those of us using WordPress are having a difficult time (or an impossible time) trying to leave comments on your blogs. Really frustrating.

Back last July my St. Louis area counterpart Ike from Ike’s Cards posted a trade bait image of a Killebrew leather nameplate; just so happened that I had a Rogers Hornsby that I could trade for it. Life got in the way, but eventually I sent Rogers and a few others off to Ike, and he returned a great package of Twins cards, including these:

clockwise, from top left; 2011 Topps Series 2 Leather Nameplate #MGL-HK Harmon Killebrew; 2003 Donruss Estrellas Leyendas Del Pasado #LP-8 Rod Carew; 2005 Topps Gallery Artist Proof #29 Justin Morneau; 2008 Bowman Chrome Orange Refractor #195 Denard Span [03/25]; 2005 Topps Gallery #36 Lew Ford; 2011 Topps Lineage Diamond Anniversary #8 Francisco Liriano

Thanks a lot, Ike — I’ll continue to keep my eyes open for other Cardinals cards in the future.

I Get By (With A Little Help From My Friends) — Part 2

Three-way trades? How blasé. All the hipster card traders are dabbling in four-way trades now. Pretty successfully, too.

In the midst of some other trades, I got an email from Tony of Ike’s Cards asking about a trade. A (more-or-less) local trader to me — cool! The father-son trading duo had several Twins cards I needed, including a Thome relic and a Gassner auto card; problem is, Tony collects Cardinals cards, and Ike collects Markakis cards (among other PCs), and I was lacking inventory in both areas. Time to hit the rolodex.
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Second Annual Ft. Myers Spring Training Game – Twins 4, Cardinals 10

Once again we included a Spring Training game in our vacation at Ft. Myers, and once again we scheduled our trip to include the Cardinals March 7th visit to Hammond Stadium. The tickets I picked up were just two down from last year’s seats, fourth row just downfield from the Twins’ 3rd base dugout. The weather was sunny and ~80°F with a light breeze, so we were workin’ the sunscreen.

We were parked on Puckett Pkwy this year, and noticed Hammond Stadium again had a liberal sprinkling of Cardinal Red shirts in the capacity crowd. Who were the first ballplayers I saw when visiting the neighboring practice field?

left to right: Trevor Plouffe, Danny Valencia, Alexi Casilla, Tsuyoshi Nishioka

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