Major League Baseball (MLB) Lineup Card Collection

(in order of when we got the lineup cards, starting with most recent)

September 30, 2009 – Mets @Nationals

Nats

We did not attend the game.  This was given to us by someone associated with the Nationals.   It is our first and only MLB dugout lineup card, and the oldest lineup card in our collection.

 

October 8, 2017 – Astros @ Red Sox, ALDS, Game 3 (Sean & Tom)

ALDS

This was our first-ever MLB playoff game.  

 

July 16, 2017 – Nationals @ Reds (Kate & Tom)

trip 5

Kate and my first trip to Great American Ballpark.  The “W” on the lineup card was presumably added by someone in the Nationals’ bullpen after the Nationals won the game.

 

June 19, 2017 – Indians @ Orioles (Tom)

os 7

Short on style, this came from Cleveland’s bullpen.

 

May 27, 2017 – Mariners @ Red Sox (Tom & Kate)

Ms - Red Sox (2) May 27, 2017

Our first-ever lineup card at Fenway Park, and the first lineup card we got before a game ended.  After the game…

Red Sox

…we got this from the Red Sox bullpen.

 

April 12, 2017 – Orioles @ Red Sox (Tom)

Os Red Sox (4.12.17)

Given to me by Orioles’ bullpen coach Alan Mills.

 

September 13, 2016 – Orioles @ Red Sox (Tom)

Red Sox-Orioles (Sept 13, 2016)

This was left in the Orioles bullpen after the game.

 

April 12, 2016 – Orioles @ Red Sox (Tom/Sean)

Orioles

Our first Orioles lineup card.  David Ortiz hit career home run #506 in this game.

 

2015 Rays @ Red Sox (Tom)

Rays-Red Sox Sept 22, 2015 (compressed)

One of my favorite lineup cards given the notes kept on the card by Tampa bullpen coach Stan Boroski.

 

September 2015 – Marlins @ Nationals (Tom)

Marlins-Nats (Sept 17, 2015)

Marlins’ bullpen lineup card given by bullpen coach Reid Cornelius.

 

September 26, 2014 – Marlins @ Nationals (Tom)

Our first-ever lineup card of any sort, given by Marlins’ bullpen coach Reid Cornelius.

Marlins-Nats (Sept 26, 2014)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Frontier League (Independent) Lineup Card Collection

July 15, 2017 – Normal Cornbelters @ Florence Freedom (Tom & Kate)

[front of the Freedom card]

trip 4

 

[back of the Freedom card]

trip 3

 

[Cornbelters’ card]

trip 2

Kate and my first ever Frontier League game.  We got the lineup cards from both teams, and the Freedom card had a neat backside with pre-game workout information.  We also got a Frontier League 25th Anniversary baseball.

International League (AAA) Lineup Card Collection

July 26, 2016, Syracuse Chiefs @ Lehigh Valley Ironpigs (Tom/Kate)

bacon 2

The Lehigh Valley dugout lineup card is one of my favorites.  We also got the official batting order cards from the umpires.  All were from Game 2 of the double-header.

 

April 13, 2016, Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders @ Pawtucket Red Sox (Tom/Sean)

Railriders

Our first International League lineup card.

Just When We Thought We Had Gotten Our Last Lineup Card In 2017…

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!

Nats

 

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).