The peak of my collecting as a kid was in 1989, and being a kid living in St. Louis there hasn't been a brighter rookie star for years. I collected everything Zeile, from cards, magazines, to banners. I bought in Todd Zeile while the market was hot for him. If Zeile cards were in Beckett for $11, in St. Louis they were double that. I continued to collect Zeile cards though I figured his value in cards were no more, now I was vested because of my passion collecting Zeile cards. Until 1994, I had every known, and even unknown Todd Zeile cards. His career after he left the Cardinals became hard to follow, even for me, someone who collected and followed him. During the next nine years after leaving the Cardinals in the summer of 1995 he played for ten different teams, including playing for three different clubs in one season: Cubs (1995), Phillies (1996), O's (1996), Dodgers (1997/98), Marlins (1998), Texas (1998/99), Mets (2000/01), Rockies (2002), Yankees (2003), Expos (2003), Mets (2004).
You would assume a player that moved around to as many teams that he would have won a World Series, but he did not. He did get into the playoffs four times, 1996 O's, 1998 TEX, 1999 TEX, 2000 METS. He ended his career with respectable numbers for someone who never even once appeared in an All-Star Game.
In 16 seasons from 1989-2004 he played for 11 different teams:
.265 AVG / 2,004 Hits / 253 Home Runs / 1110 RBI
Here are a couple cool facts about Todd Zeile. Zeile became the 41st player to hit a home run in their last professional at bat, and it happened to be the very last home run given up by a Montreal Expos pitcher before becoming the Nationals. Zeile caught in his final ever game, only Biggio has more time between catching appearances. Zeile appeared as a pitcher in 2 games, but has a hefty 22.50 ERA. Zeile stated according to publications after his release from the Yankees in 2003, that he never a part of an organization worse than Yankees.
Today I have rekindled my love for collecting Todd Zeile, not because of his value of cards, but because of the man. I got to meet him in 1992 and got his autograph, plus I got to meet him a few years later when I played a state game at Busch Stadium.
Today Todd Zeile is an actor/producer in some roles/movies/or shows and I bet unless you seen his name in the credits or was a teammate you may not even notice. He has been in many TV roles, and movie rolls in such titles as:
MOVIES: Dirty Deeds, Zookeeper, and I AM
TV SHOWS: King of Queens
Co-Producer of Charlie Sheen's Show: Anger Management
I have actually not seen his movie I AM in which he stared and produced, but it is on Netflix and I will be watching that in the coming week and reviewing it! So for all of you out there who have Zeile in your common boxes, hopefully we can drum up a little trading and collecting demand. If anyone has any relic or card autos of Zeile please let me know. I very rarely find them on Ebay or COMC because he had very few of each. I leave you with just a few of my hundreds of Todd Zeile cards, maybe a few you never seen or forgot about.
|1988 Arkansas Travelers #7 (Oldest Zeile I have)
|My All Time Favorite Zeile Card - One of the last as a catcher, and it's a "Play at the Plate"
|1989 Upper Deck/Fleer Update Cards, 1989 Louisville AAA