The blog has been silent for a week for good reason. Last Wednesday after I got off work, me, my wife, and my son headed to Lexington, KY for his Cal Ripken 12U Regional Tournament. His team played 2 games on Thursday and 1 on Friday. They went 1 and 2 in pool play, but lost the 2 games by 3 runs combined. Not bad for a team that has only been together a month. They were disappointed they did not advance to the single elimination tournament on Saturday and Sunday, but a lot of great memories.
One positive that came from not playing on Saturday was we had a full day to spend in Louisville. Before we made the trip, I researched various baseball stops in town. We managed to hit up 4 different places. This was after making the 1 hour drive from Lexington and spending a couple of hours at an outlet mall. Have to keep the wife happy to.
The first stop was a card show that Beckett.com listed as having 60 tables. I would guess that was pretty accurate. I was shocked to see over half of the tables were nothing but basketball. We ended up buying cards from 4 different dealers. First up was a small lot of cards for $3.
These are my first 2021 Stadium Club Cardinals. Wish I could have found more. If my phone had good service in the convention hall, I would have been able to access my TCDB page and find out I did not need the Ozzie. At least it did not set me back much. The Flaherty is my first 2020 Topps Chrome Black card. It is great to see him making a rehab start tonight. With any luck he will be back in St. Louis soon.
I found some nice trade bait in his box that included some premium brands like Museum and Tribute and a nice 2021 Finest refractor.
Even though Wong now plays for the rival Brewers, he is still one of my favorites. This great looking Tribute card set me back $6. I spent a total of $22 in the 1.5 hours at the show. I did witness a lot of high end deals being done. The largest was a $3,200 lot of Mike Trout cards. That is well above my budget.
A few recent Cardinals including a 2017 rainbow foil card. Hard to believe I paid for a Brett Cecil card.
Kramer Robertson walked out with Nolan Gorman. Most guys went for Gorman who did sign a few, but we have gotten him quite a few times while he played in Peoria. Robertson is not a big prospect, but he is someone we did not have on a card.