Just about every team has its own winter time fan event. The Cubs Convention really got the ball rolling several years ago. It’s hard to find a fan base more into its wintertime gathering, though, than Cardinal Nation.
Baseball fans from hundreds of miles around descend on St. Louis during the second weekend in January to get the lowdown on the upcoming season and hear from players and team officials. The Winter Warmup autograph session is the biggest in baseball. At least 40 current, former and future Cardinals will be on hand this year.
If you’re a Cards’ nut, it’s definitely the place to score a lot of sigs in one place.
Proceeds benefit the team’s charities, but fans and collectors trying to score multiple autographs can wind up spending a lot of money. Albert Pujols’ John Hancock will set you back $175.
Still, there are a couple dozen players who won’t cost you a dime and several in between including ace pitchers Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter, who are fairly reasonably priced.
Brian Walton of CardinalNation blog breaks down prices from the last few Warm Up events and comes to the conclusion that the team is holding fairly steady on its pricing despite strong demand.