Can it really be 11 years since Joe Mauer first appeared on a rookie card? Mr. Minnesota Twin is indeed a 30-year-old veteran now, still the only catcher in history to win three batting titles. Mauer may be on his way to a Hall of Fame career and also appreciates the unique opportunity to rub shoulders with other greats, past and present.
Mauer admits to getting a little bit of a late start in collecting baseball memorabilia, but he’s making sure to use every new series as a chance to make up for lost time, especially when Minnesota takes on National League teams during interleague play.
He’s collecting autographed bats and other memorabilia from players he admires and respects and already has a big collection of lumber he has on display inside the northwoods cabin he calls home.
Part of it is for his own enjoyment and to show friends but part of his efforts are aimed at having something to show off to his kids later in life, because Mauer is about to become a father of…twins. Minneapolis Star-Tribune columnist Phil Miller chatted with this everyday Joe about his collecting pursuits.