Well no sooner am I finished telling you about a batch of Cardinals autos that turned up the other day, we suddenly find another envelope appearing from my letterbox this very morning!
This time it included some goodies from my buddy James Ruffin over in the US.
James is no stranger to having his name bandied around these pages before. A native of Alabama and a Cardinals fan, James has his own blog Unabashed Interest that you might want to check out some time! We’ve both bonded over our love of the Cards and I’m proud to count him as one of the good friends I’ve made since starting this blog!
In a awesome show of generosity he told me that he’d send me some cards last week to add to my Cardinals certified autos collection, which I asked him to keep as a surprise until they arrived!
Anyway, arrive they did, along with a few extra emerald parallels from this year’s Topps Series 1 to nicely round out the package!
And if you’re interested, the autos were as follows –
2006 Upper Deck Artifacts #’d 219/494
Journeyman Aaron Miles played with eight different teams in a MLB career spanning 2003 to 2011. He joined the Cardinals in 2005 as part of a trade with the Rockies and was part of their World Series winning team of 2006. He remained with the Cards until the end of the 2008 season when he signed as a free agent with the Cubs!
2011 Topps Lineage 1952 Autographs
We’re going ‘old school’ this time, all the way back to the early 50’s with this autograph of Cardinals starter, Joe Presko. He pitched for the Cards for four years (1951-54) and stood at only 5′ 9″ in height. His youthful looks and diminutive stature earned him several different nicknames, including “Baby Face” Presko, “Baby Joe” and “Little Joe”.
After retiring from professional Baseball due to arm problems in 1959, Presko returned home to his native Kansas where he began coaching American Legion Baseball. During this time he mentored a young David Cone, who began his career with the Royals and later went on to play in that great Yankees World Series-winning team of the late 90’s.
Presko also has the honour of appearing in the inaugural 1952 Topps Baseball set as card #220!
I can’t thank James enough for these cards and for such a great gesture! The Cardinals Certified Autograph has now reached double figures!!
I also explained to him that, like the Lannister’s, I always pay my debts and have managed to secure some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles CCG cards for him from a dealer here in the UK. Not particularly hardcore Baseball, but different strokes and all that 🙂
Of course, James wasn’t the only person to recently send me some really cool cards completely out of the blue, but that’s a tale for another day!!