Nope, no tilt. I did collect bonus, just no FT cards. Everyone else got them, just not me.
Just looked up the rules on pinball.org and found this:
Frank Thomas Trading Cards
You collect trading cards by getting a steal (awarding 1 card), via the Frank Thomas Trading Cards mode, via a bullpen award, or get 3 cards at the left outlane. At the end of the game you collect 10M per card or you can trade cards for goodies at the right scoop when Card Trade is lit
I think you must have drained out the left outlane to squeak by.