D-backs' Kendrick set to share card collection

Phoenix Art Museum to host exhibition March 9 through April 24

D-backs' Kendrick set to share card collection

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs managing general partner Ken Kendrick has a baseball card collection that includes some of the rarest and most valuable cards ever produced, including the T206 Honus Wagner trading card.

The collection, which once was on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., will be displayed for the first time in Arizona as part of a specially ticketed, limited-engagement exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum.

The exhibition, entitled "The Ultimate Collection: Iconic Baseball Cards from the Diamondbacks Collection," will feature 16 of the top 20 rated sports trading cards in the entire world. It will run from March 9 through April 24. Tickets for the exhibition are $8 plus required General Museum Admission, which varies according to age and student status.

Kendrick's collection includes Topps rookie cards for Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron and Sandy Koufax along with a rare Bowman 1954 Ted Williams card.

Kendrick, a member of the museum's board of directors, started collecting nickel packs of baseball cards growing up in West Virginia.

"More than anything, baseball was, to me, one of those great links I had to my father," Kendrick said. "When I see these cards today, it makes me think back to my youth, and most of all, it makes me remember my father, listening to games together on the radio, and sometimes traveling to see Reds games in Cincinnati.

"Today, these cards represent a legacy for my own children. They represent family stories and memories. I'm excited for the collection to be on view at the Museum, because I hope it can connect other families together. I hope to see fathers bringing their sons and daughters, grandfathers bringing their grandchildren to come and see the collection, to share their stories and memories with the next generation."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.