My wife is also a huge fan. I asked her a few weeks ago what she wanted to do for her 40th birthday, which was Sunday. Her first thought was baseball. Who would not love a woman who spends her birthday and Mother's Day at the ballpark. She did receive a nice gift from the park, but I will save that for another post.
My daughter and I spent our spare time getting autos on cards. I try to buy minor league team sets at the Cardinals Winter Warm Up in January every year. I can usually get them for $5 each. Not all minor league guys have licensed cards, so minor league sets are a great value as far as having something to get signed. We had seats in the front row behind the Memphis dugout for both games, prime area for getting autos.
These 4 cards are from the 2014 Springfield Cardinals team set. The Kurt Heyer on the bottom right is the only card we got signed on Saturday. Every Saturday night there is a player or two that signs autographs as you walk in. Tuivailala signed before the game. Marco Gonzales and Zach Petrick were charting pitches during the game, but gladly signed in between innings. Only a handful of people recognized them in street clothes.
Cody Stanley also made his MLB debut this year, hitting a single in his first at bat.
These 3 cards are from the 2012 Springfield Cardinals set. All 3 players have had brief stints in the Major Leagues. John Gast and Keith Butler signed after playing long toss before the game. Xavier Scruggs signed after the game. He was the only player who used a pink bat that day.