A Cardinal Family Tree

Every year, as soon as the season officially ends, we all start looking back. Back on the last year, back on the past successes, and even back on the history and the legacy of our beloved St. Louis Cardinals.

If you’re like me, you love find some new way of delving into the team’s history, as well as proudly displaying your Cardinal fandom anywhere and everywhere. So, as the season wraps up, and you begin the inevitable look back, why not look at it this way: like a family tree of greatness.

Need a visual aid? How about this one:

When Chris and I were in St. Louis for the United Cardinal Blogger weekend (a.k.a. “Blogger Day” with the Cardinals), I had the opportunity to meet the guys from Burton Family Trees and see just what this product is. And my first thought was, “That is SO cool.”

Then again, I’m kind of a nerd about stuff like this. I love the detail, the history, and the art, all blended into one unique piece. It’s definitely a conversation starter … and I’m always game for talking Cardinal baseball!

Here’s some extra info from the guys at Burton History Trees, including how you can get your hands on one — now, or for the holidays!

St. Louis, MO– This holiday season give the perfect gift for that avid St. Louis Cardinals fan in your life: a St Louis Cardinals Burton History Tree. This Burton History Tree brings to life the complete history of the St. Louis Cardinals. From the earliest days as a new team, to the latest 2012 roster, and the entire history in between, this one of a kind piece of art captures the storied ball-club on a single print. Never before has a memento of this stature become available for RedBird Nation.

The content of each Burton History Tree is uniquely arranged in chronological order and sized by significance. By combining names, images and sketches, Bruce Burton (the originator and artist) creates dramatic artwork that is the ideal conversation piece. In the case of the St. Louis Cardinals, player names and historical images form the foliage and the base/roots of the tree depicts elements, events, stories and places that are synonymous with the history of the team.

“The St. Louis Cardinals Burton History Tree came to fruition because our existing customer base demanded it,” said Burton.  “After the 2011 season, we heard from fans all over the country. We knew this was the right time and the most appropriate way to honor this terrific team. Once we spoke with the most passionate fans, as well as St. Louis area retailers, the project made complete sense.”

Burton History Trees have recently collaborated with the United Cardinal Bloggers.  Daniel Shoptaw, Founder of the UCB noted:  “I’m very glad that Burton History Trees are tackling the most historic franchise in the National League.  We in the UCB are honored to be able to help out in a small way on this incredible project.  This will be something that any Cardinal fan would be excited to see under their Christmas tree this holiday season,” Shoptaw commented.

And, the best part for you? We here at AMF have a special discount code, just for you. Just include the code “TBW” when you order at BurtonHistoryTrees.com for 10% off an unlimited number of orders and products.

The code is valid until December 31, 2012.

Happy remembering!

Tara is a St. Louis Cardinals reporter for Aaron Miles’ Fastball and a contributor to Around the Horn. Follow her on Twitter @tarawellman.

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