Arizona Diamondbacks managing general partner Ken Kendrick has the best of both worlds. He works in the present and collects the past.
Kendrick, 65, was revealed last week as the owner of the PSA 8 T206 Honus Wagner card that was sold in 2007 for $2.8 million. The card is part of a 25-card collection belonging to the West Virginia native that is now on display at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kendrick put himself in position to run a big league team and collect some of the finest baseball cards in the world by his success in business.
He founded Datatel, Inc., which became the industry leader in the development of software for the management of infrastructure technology for colleges and universities. A huge fan, he was instrumental in helping bring baseball to Arizona in 2004.
Business and the big leagues are fun but baseball cards are part of his DNA.
According to this story in the Arizona Republic, Kendrick grew up in the 1950s and saved his original card collection, forgetting about it until he lived across the country decades later.