He’s one of us. Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Brad Ziegler doesn’t leave the game behind when he leaves the field.
The Missouri native is a passionate collector of baseball cards and autographs. He opens cards by the case and owns about 600 autographed baseballs and 45 autographed jerseys and Hall of Famers.
“The idea that I can be sitting in my kitchen and have a piece of history in my hand like that is pretty phenomenal,” he told Fox Sports Arizona.
He’s not the only member of the D-Backs organization who’s into collecting. Managing partner Ken Kendrick owns some of the best vintage cards in the hobby, many of which were recently displayed inside the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Ziegler and D-backs managing partner Ken Kendrick are kindred spirits. Kendrick’s card collection, which includes rare Honus Wagner and Mickey Mantle cards, recently was displayed at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.
“It is like a fraternity. It’s an interesting little subculture of baseball. I’m delighted we have a player who enjoys doing this,” Kendrick told FSN. He chatted with Ziegler about their shared hobby in spring training.
Ziegler used to get a set of cards every year for Christmas but it wasn’t until recently that he got back into the card side. He pulled a Babe Ruth bat card and got hooked. He’s often on the internet in the clubhouse, looking for cards or working deals with cards he’s ready to sell.
In fact, he’s a minor partner in livecasebreaks.com in which collectors rip into cases in a live webcast, paying for all of a specific team’s cards from the case.
Teammate Wade Miley is also interested in the hobby.
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