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Cale's Corner Archives for 2020-05

IHSA still working on details for summer workouts.

The return of sports may be just right around the corner. With the State of Illinois moving into Phase Three of the Rebuild Illinois Plan, IHSA officials met today to discuss the return of high school sports to the State of Illinois. 

 

In an official release from IHSA Director Craig Anderson "The IHSA and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) continue to work together to finalize Return to Play Guidelines focused on safely reuniting IHSA coaches and student-athletes within the guidelines of Phase Three of the Governor Pritzker's plan and the IDPH's best practices. We refuse to compromise safety in the process, and anticipate being able to enact and educate our member schools on the Return to Play Guidelines by June 1." 

 

The IHSA is close to finalizing a deal but is still working with the IDPH to make sure that they have a plan that is formulated that will keep all parties safe if the IHSA was able to get into weight rooms, have contact football practices, or conduct summer workouts. There are still more details that need to be worked out before a decision will be made, but the goal is to have the decision by Monday. The guidelines that will be set in place will more than likely follow those in place by the NFHS(read that here https://www.nfhs.org/articles/guidance-for-state-associations-to-consider-in-re-opening-high-school-athletics-and-other-activities/). Whatever happens, it is a stepping stone to getting sports fans lives back to normal, with the plan that was laid out by the NHL, and the NBA(the NBA Plan will be a separate piece tonight) to get the wheels in motion. 

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EI Baseball League COVID-19 Update

With the uncertainty of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and how it will affect not only sports, but restaurants, summer activities, and numerous other events that we all gear up for in the summer, The Eastern Illinois Baseball League posted an update on how they plan on moving forward this summer. 

 

Three teams will not be participating this summer Game 7 Legacy in Bloomington, the El Paso Warriors, and the Gifford-Flatville Giflats. Posted on the EIBL's website( you can read the statement here:https://www.hometeamsonline.com/teams/?u=eibaseball&s=baseball) the Paxton Swedes, Buckley Dutchmasters, and Royal Giants are still planning on having a season after July 1. All teams that are still planning on having a season, are still engaged in negotiations, with numerous organizations including local health departments. Stay tuned on WPXN for the latest information on EI baseball. 

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This Baseball Card is Worth HOW much?

Every baseball fan at some point in their lives has collected cards, still does, or buys them every ten years or so, and knows that some of these cards have serious value. I haven't collected any cards in at least ten years or so, but I being a baseball junkie have a bunch of cards each in their own holders, ordered by the team, in three-ring binders. 

 

Why am I talking about baseball cards? Well, I was listening to an ESPN Daily podcast hosted by Mina Kimes, and the subject was baseball cards. In a quick summary of what happened in the 27-minute episode, a gentleman that was out of work bribed himself for applying for jobs by buying a pack for each application submitted. He bought one that had a Don Mattingly card in it with the wrong birthday listed on it. The Mattingly age controversy is something that baseball fans should look into, especially with nothing going on. 

 

I was looking at maybe purchasing a box of cards from various websites and scrolled down the Topps webpage who without a doubt in current times is the leading producer in football and baseball cards. There is a card on their website: the On-Chrome Auto # to 1 -Derek Jeter was up for auction. It sold previously for $4,999.99. WHAT? Yes, one penny away from 5 grand large! I know cards are worth a lot especially the collectibles like a Mickey Mantle Rookie Card from 1952 that's on auction on eBay for $300,000 all because it has a little blemish on the corner, one sold 5 years ago for $2.9 million. 

 

Let's look at the Jeter card specifically. It's autographed by Jeter himself and not done through a machine. It's a photo of Jeter is of The Captian's jersey retiring ceremony, printed on Topps Chrome. Looking at the card online is pretty clean, I wouldn't even want to imagine what it looks like in my hand if I did I might want to buy it. 

 

Card collectors all around know how much these cards are worth, and the obsession with buying them. This is a card that might get me back into collecting cards again(not buying this one) and feeling like a kid again. 

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