Cardinals and Royals Offer Memorabilia to Raise Money for Joplin Tornado Relief

Cardinals and Royals Offer Memorabilia to Raise Money for Joplin Tornado Relief

The inter-league "I-70" series will take on an additional significance this season as the Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals unite to play baseball and use special memorabilia pieces to raise money for tornado victims in Joplin, Missouri.

When the Royals and Cardinals meet for a three-game series June 17-19, the theme of the weekend will be "Teams Unite for Joplin" and all players will be wearing special patches to commemorate the series. Fans will be able to purchase patches at Busch Stadium as well as at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Additional plans include special baseballs for the first pitch, and bases and lineup cards with the commemorative Joplin logo. These items will be available for auction as well as other Joplin-related items signed by players from both teams. There will also be a "Jerseys Off Their Backs" promotion for the Sunday game. Proceeds from the events will go towards Joplin recovery. For collectors, these limited pieces make for historical, albeit somber, additions.

On May 22nd, a tornado with winds in excess of 261 miles per hour tore through Joplin. The twister was responsible for 151 deaths and destroyed nearly 7,000 homes and buildings. It is the deadliest tornado since 1950, when modern record keeping started.

For more information or to donate to the cause, visit the Cardinals' website.

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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim, and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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