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Joe Mauer Retires...

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The news just came across MLB Trade Rumors that Joe Mauer has retired.

Which kind of stopped me in my tracks. 
That chapter of Twins history has ended. 
And I guess I haven't been fair to Joe Mauer over the years...
That Mauer announced his retirement is hardly a shock. Twins fans knew it was coming, with how he wrapped up the final game of the Twins season. Much to everyone's surprise, Mauer came out in full catchers gear to start the 9th inning. After catching 1 pitch from Matt Belisle, Mauer left the game. Likely the final appearance for Mauer as a player.


A dusty Mauer McFarlane sits between stacks of Twins Albums. The final layout of New Baseballcardland, has yet to determine plastic Mauer's permanent home...

Just as I had collected nearly every #1 Overall Pick, since the late 1980's, collecting the Twins shot at #1 Overall was a no brainer. I started buying Mauer cards as soon as they hit the market after his drafting...


A 2002 Bowman Chrome Joe Mauer autograph …

Abandoned Gas! Star Express - Englewood, CO

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This abandoned gas station is no longer an abandoned gas station. 

But for many years of my Englewood life, it was one I drove by often. Rarely stopped, but I was aware of it's presence dating back to 1996.


Star Express, formerly located at the intersection of Hampden and Downing in Englewood, Colorado.
Before we (can't) get gas, this story needs a little background... 
October, 2018, marked the 25th anniversary of Wasted Quarter. A self published "zine" I've been writing since 1993. While I don't plan on going back through those issues and reprinting a buncha stuff I previously wrote for Four Baggers, there are a few stories I wrote over the years that deserve to be expanded upon in this better format.


In September, 2015, I printed Wasted Quarter #70, Abandoned Englewood. This 150 page book was written to tell the story of Englewood's history, through it's disappearing defining buildings. For nearly two years, I photographed numerous structures arou…

Post 101!!! More Duluth! More Vintage Cards!

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Welcome to Post 100 part 2... 

Or post 101... 
Which sounds much less cool...
Either way, if you haven't read post one (Post 100!!!), you should do that now. Otherwise you wont know what I'm talking about here...

When I last posted something, it was a recapping the first three days of Laura and my Two Harbors vacation. Part two will exclusively cover the last day of that vacation, and a whole buncha more cards I picked up at Globe News in Superior, Wisconsin.

Cards such as this one...

1976 SSPC Rod Carew
Minnesota Twins at Shea Stadium in 1975? That is just weird... Well, if Yankee Stadium is closed for renovations, the Yanks gotta play somewhere...

Picking up a complete set of 1976 SSPC from my favorite closed-up card store, for a bargain price of $60, back in 2011 remains one of my favorite card purchases of the last decade. While some of the photos tend to get redundant, there are so many great ones that this set needs to be displayed in an album. While I was only a year ol…