Hall of Fame to Unveil New Baseball Card Exhibit

The Ultimate Set, on Loan From Diamondbacks Executive Ken Kendrick, Debuts Saturday

April 16, 2010
A new baseball card exhibit titled "The Ultimate Set" debuts Saturday at the Hall of Fame. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – They are simple pieces of cardboard – and yet so much more.

Toy… treasure… time capsule. Baseball cards have captured the imagination of fans for more than a century, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is celebrating that history with the opening of a new exhibit entitled The Ultimate Set.

Loaned by Ken Kendrick, long-time collector and managing general partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the collection of 25 cards – which will be unveiled to Museum visitors on Saturday, April 17 – spans decades and represents many players. This collection demonstrates how half a century of history altered the business of baseball cards and the game itself.

“Ken has chosen this time to share his collection with baseball fans, and we could not be more pleased and thankful,” said Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson. “There's no better place than the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown to feature a collection of such prestige and reverence. We are honored to share his treasures with visitors on their pilgrimage, as The Ultimate Set is the perfect multi-generational Museum exhibit."

The exhibit features cards from Kendrick’s collection, which he began as a child in the 1950s, including: Topps rookie cards for Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle, Henry Aaron and Sandy Koufax; a rare Bowman 1954 Ted Williams card; and a T206 Honus Wagner card once owned by Wayne Gretzky, the game’s most famous collectible.

“It is an honor to have the National Baseball Hall of Fame showcase my collection of some of the most unique baseball cards in existence at the exhibit that will launch later this week,” Kendrick said. “It was always my intention to share these cards with baseball fans and what better place to do that than in Cooperstown.”

The exhibit is located on the Hall of Fame’s second floor adjacent to the Today’s Game exhibit. For more information on The Ultimate Set at the Hall of Fame, visit www.baseballhall.org.

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