Ken Kendrick, Managing Partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks, has been an avid collector for years, maintaining a world-class collection of some of the most valuable cards in the hobby.

Now 50 of the best are the subject of an upcoming book.

ATS Communications and Peter E. Randall Publisher will publish The Diamondbacks Collection: 50 of the Greatest Cards in Sports Collecting History Later this year.

Tom and Ellen Zappala, who have collaborated with PSA on previous card-related coffee table books, including those on the T206, Cracker Jack and 1952 Topps sets and one on Players’ Bats, are also the author of this one.

In addition to presenting the cards in a full-color presentation, the book will offer a full account of each player’s personal and professional life and an analysis of each card in the collection.

Among the cards in Kendrick’s collection are 10 PSA copies of the 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps card and the 1951 Bowman rookie card. The ’52 Mantle is one of three Gem Mints graded. Kendrick also owns a pair of high-profile Babe Ruth rookies, some of the best copies of many of the hobby’s most popular cards, and the controversial PSA-rated 8 Honus Wagner T206.

The book launch will take place in July 2022 at the National Sports Collector’s Convention in Atlantic City, NJ, but pre-sales are expected to begin in May.

Cards from Kendrick’s collection that will feature in the book will include:

1909 T206 Honus Wagner PSA 8
1952 Topps Mickey Coat PSA 10
1916 M101-5/M101-4 #151 Babe Ruth PSA 8 (Sports News)
1916 M101-5/M101-4 #151 Babe Ruth PSA 6 (Famous & Barr)
1909 T206 Eddie Plank PSA 8
1933 Goudey Napoleon Lajoie PSA 9
1911 T3 Turkey Red Ty Cobb PSA 8
1933 Goudey #144 Baby Ruth PSA 9
1933 Goudey #181 Baby Ruth PSA 9
1951 Bowman Mickey Coat PSA 10
1915 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson PSA 9
1934 Goudey #37 Lou Gehrig PSA 9
1934 Goudey #61 Lou Gehrig PSA 9
1948 Leaf Satchel Paige PSA 8
1941 Play Ball Joe DiMaggio PSA 9
1911 T205 Ty Cobb PSA 8
1954 Wilson Franks Ted Williams PSA 7
1955 Topps Roberto Clemente PSA 9
1954 Topps Henry Aaron PSA 10
1935 National Chicle #34 Bronko Nagurski PSA 9
1948 Archer George Mikan PSA 8
1951 Archer Willie Mays PSA 9
1986 Fleer Michael Jordan PSA10
1909-11 T206 Portrait Cy Young PSA 9
1909-11 T206 Bare Hand Cy Young PSA 9
1909-11 T206 Portrait Walter Johnson PSA 9
1909-11 T206 Ty Cobb PSA 8 Shoulder Bat
1909-11 T206 Shoulder Bat Ty Cobb PSA 8
1909-11 T206 Green Portrait Ty Cobb PSA 8
1909-11 T206 Red Portrait Ty Cobb PSA 8
1909-11 T206 “Magic Error” Sherry Magee PSA 8
1915 Cracker Jack #30 Ty Cobb PSA 9
1916 Famous & Barr Co. Jim Thorpe PSA 8
1927 E126 Baby Ruth PSA 8
1934 World Wide Gum Baby Ruth PSA 9
1938 Goudey #274 Joe DiMaggio PSA 9
1938 Goudey #250 Joe DiMaggio PSA 9
1939 Play Ball #92 Ted Williams PSA 9
1941 Play Ball Ted Williams PSA 9
1948 Sheet Jackie Robinson PSA 9
1949 Archer Roy Campanella PSA 10
1949 Bowman Satchell Paige PSA 9
1952 Topps Willie Mays PSA 10
1953 Topps Willie Mays PSA 10
1954 Archer Ted Williams PSA 9
1954 Topps Al Kaline PSA10
1955 Topps Sandy Koufax PSA 10
1957 Topps Brooks Robinson PSA 10
1959 Topps Bob Gibson PSA 10
1968 Topps Koosman/Ryan PSA 10
1979 Topps Ozzie Smith PSA 10

On Rich Muller

Rich is the publisher and founder of Sports Collectors Daily. A broadcaster and writer for over 35 years and a collector for even longer, he usually taps something somewhere. Retype it at [email protected]


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