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My Side of the Plate: Memory lapses and baseball cards

No matter how old you are, everyone has a memory lapse at one time or another.

Call it what you will, a brain glaze, a period of forgetfulness or even a senior moment, folks occasionally forget what they are supposed to be doing — or they do something bordering on stupidity.

Ask a young person why they did what they did and they will usually respond with a plaintive, “I don’t know.”

With adults, you get the shoulder shrug and the, “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”

My lady and I changed residences not long ago and we still have a bunch of stuff packed in boxes sitting around our new diggings that we haven’t quite figured out what we are going to do with.

Why Sherri and I went to the fourth annual Beachcombers Bazaar last Saturday afternoon defies all logic. Like we need more stuff.

The first vendor we came to stopped both of us short and like Tim McGraw and Faith Hill we uttered in harmony, “Oh, wow, baseball cards!”

“You can have all of them for four dollars,” said the vendor. Money changed hands.

A true senior moment.

Kids had picked over some of the boxes so most of the Seattle Mariners including all the Edgar Martinez and A-Rod cards were gone but guys, you missed several Ken Griffey, Jr. cards and a couple of Randy Johnson ones.

Your memory lapse.

Sherri and I took our newly-found fortune home and spent the remainder of Saturday afternoon and most of Sunday morning sorting through the cards, putting them in order by team and players in alphabetical order.

Who cares whether they are Fleer or Upper Deck cards, we just wanted to know who we had on which team.

The two of us got the American League done, but the National League is still in a large paper bag “decorating” our living room.

We came across some interesting ones during the sorting process, like Mariners announcer Mike Blowers when he was in the show playing for the Giants.

We have nearly the complete Baseball Legends series, including Eddie Matthews and Yogi Berra among others, in addition to many of the Atlanta Braves cards from the glory years in the late 1980s and 1990s.

I also found a Jamie Moyer card the kids missed. Not when he was playing for the Mariners, when he was a member of the Texas Rangers before his stints in St. Louis, Detroit, Baltimore and Boston before coming to Seattle.

Here’s another one for all you Mariners fans.

Tucked away in one of the boxes was a Jose Vidro card from the second year he was in professional baseball.

His first stop was in the rookie league playing for the Gulf Coast Expos where he hit .330 in 54 games.

The card I have is when he was a member of the Class A Burlington Bees.

Worth more than a rookie card? Probably. I am open to any reasonable offer for this or any other card in the new collection.

If nothing more, you can help Sherri and I make our abode a bit more roomy.

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