The “holy grail” for our lineup card collection has been a Major League Baseball dugout lineup card.
It’s not that they are difficult to find. There are plenty available…for sale. Let me know if I am wrong, but I don’t think any MLB managers give out dugout lineup cards any more because the teams sell them, sometimes for hundreds of dollars each.
The problem is that we’ve never paid for a lineup card (aside from the cost of travel and tickets to a game), and are trying to keep it that way.
A couple weeks ago, I wrote to someone affiliated with MLB to see if they might be able to help us out.
On Friday, a box showed up with a Mets-Nationals lineup card from September 2009!
Very cool! Both the Mets and Nationals were awful in 2009, but there are still a few notable players, including Ryan Zimmerman, David Wright, Daniel Murphy, Carlos Beltran, Adam Dunn and Gary Sheffield.
More importantly, we can add an MLB dugout lineup card to a collection that already includes MLB bullpen (including one from a 2017 ALDS playoff game), WBC, minor league, NCAA and college summer league lineup cards.
This is, I believe, the seventh lineup card we have from a game we did not attend. In a couple instances, we got cards from a previous day’s game.
It is also the oldest card, by five years, in our collection. We are counting it in our 2017 total as that is when we got it.
2017: 36 lineup cards (21 dugout/bullpen; 15 “official batting order”; 1 “today’s lineup” card)
Lifetime: 158 lineup cards (108 dugout/bullpen; 47 “official batting order”; 2 “relief pitcher usage”; and 1 “today’s lineup”)
Leagues: MLB: American League; National League; 2017 ALDS. MiLB: International League (AAA); Pacific Coast League (AAA); Eastern League (AA); Southern League (AA); Carolina League (A); New York-Penn League (A), including 2017 NYPL ASG. Independent Leagues: Atlantic League; Can-Am League; American Association; Frontier League. Colleges: NCAA – America East Conference; NCAA – American Athletic Conference; NCAA – Ivy League; NCAA – Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference; NCAA – Northeast Conference; Cape Cod League; NJCAA – Region XXI; New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL); Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL); Cal Ripken Summer Collegiate League. International: World Baseball Classic (qualifying round, 2016).