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Cael’s Collection – Nick Adenhart (game used jersey and autograph cards)

 

The off season is officially here for me. Our baseball stories obviously die down during the fall and winter months. I will be picking up the Cael’s Collection features to share some of the baseball cards of Cedar Rapids professional baseball players that I have picked up.

This evening’s selections are a quartet of Nick Adenhart cards. Adenhart played in Cedar Rapids in 2006. He was a fourteenth round draft pick out of Williamsport High School in Williamsport, Maryland by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2004 amateur draft. Nick Adenhart posted a 10-2 record and a 1.95 E.R.A. in 16 starts for Cedar Rapids in 2006. Adenhart struck out 99 batters in 106 innings of work. He was selected to the 2006 Futures Game roster, played in the 2006 Midwest League All-Star game and earned Midwest League post season All-Star squad honors. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 65-74 record under manager Bobby Magallanes.

Nick Adenhart was a bright young pitcher who played for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2006, and was a rising star in the Los Angeles Angels organization. Adenhart made his MLB debut on May 1, 2008. Adenhart compiled a 1-0 record with a 6.00 E.R.A. in four career starts for the Angels. Only hours after Nick’s 2009 season debut on the mound for the Angels, a drunk driver tragically killed him on April 9, 2009 at age 22. Nick Adenhart’s family continues to honor him by awarding a $1,000 scholarship in his memory annually. The Kernels Foundation is privileged to administer the scholarship on behalf of Nick’s family.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels and Kernels Foundation presented Mack Mattke as the winner of the 2012 Nick Adenhart Memorial Scholarship before the Kernels game on Sunday, June 24th. Mack is a 2012 graduate of Xavier HS where his school activities, academic accomplishments and baseball accomplishments were quite impressive, making him an excellent choice for the scholarship. The Mattke’s were a Kernels Host Family in 2006, giving Mack the opportunity to know Nick while he was with the Kernels. Mack plans on attending Purdue University to study engineering and play baseball.

I have picked up a pair of autographed Adenhart cards. The first card on the left above is from the 2008 Topps Stadium Club set and is an on card auto. The other Adenhart autograph card above right is a sticker autograph card from the 2007 TriStar set and is serial numbered 176/250. Adenhart autograph cards do run a bit more than most of my collection due to his early passing. I picked these up for under $10 to my door but that is not the norm.

I have also picked up two different game used jersey cards of Nick Adenhart. The card on the left in the image is a Futures Game jersey card from the 2006 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects set. The other two are from an Upper Deck USA Baseball Bound for Beijing card set numbered GU-2 with pieces of a jersey used during the 2006 COPABE Beijing qualifying tournament in Havana, Cuba. Adenhart’s Jersey cards usually sell for between $5-10 to your door and can be found under $5 as long as you have patience.

Cael’s Collection – Jared Abruzzo (game used bat, jersey and autograph cards)

The off season is officially here for me. Our baseball stories obviously die down during the fall and winter months. I will be picking up the Cael’s Collection features to share some of the baseball cards of Cedar Rapids professional baseball players that I have picked up.

This morning’s selections are a trio of Jared Abruzzo cards. Abruzzo played in Cedar Rapids in 2001 and 2003. He was a second round draft pick out of El Capitan High School in Lakeside, California by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2000 MLB draft. Abruzzo hit .241 with 20 doubles, 10 HR and 53 RBI in 87 games for the 2001 Kernels squad before earning a promotion to Rancho Cucamonga mid-season. The 2001 Kernels finished fifth in the West Division of the Midwest League with a 60-77 record under manager Tyrone Boykin.

Jared Abruzzo returned to Cedar Rapids for the 2003 season where he hit .271 with 30 doubles, 13 HR and 73 RBI in 130 games. Abruzzo was selected to the Midwest League All-Star squad. The Kernels posted a 66-72 record under the guidance of Todd Claus to finish in fifth place in the Midwest League’s West Division.

Jared Abruzzo played his final season in the Angels organization with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Hi-A) in 2004. Abruzzo then split a season playing for the Bakersfield Blaze (Hi-A) and the Frisco RoughRiders (AA) in the Texas Rangers system. He served as a varsity assistant coach at El Capitan High School in 2012. Abruzzo coaches the East County Pirates travel-ball team as well.

I have picked up a pair of relic cards from the 2002 Bowman set and an autographed card from the 2001 Royal Rookies set of Abruzzo. The relic cards are numbered BR-JA1 and BR-JA2. The game used bat card was one of the earliest to feature a minor league player.  Theses cards are usually available for $5 or less on Ebay if you are willing to wait with the bat showing up less often than the jersey card. The Royal Rookies autographed card is serial numbered 1944/6995 and also can be picked up for $5 or less delivered to your door. There is a 2001 Bowman certified autograph card of Abruzzo that I have not picked up yet, but that is about the only other relic / autograph card I have seen listed.

Cael’s Collection – Iowa State Day @ Perfect Game Field – Dutch Levsen

It is Iowa State Day at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium this afternoon. The Kernels will be wearing Cardinal and Gold jerseys that will be auctioned off during the game and the first 1000 fans through the gates will receive a free Cardinal and Gold ‘Party at the Park’ t-shirt. Gates open at 1 p.m. It is also Faith Day and Denny McClain is stopping by the stadium for the day to throw out a first pitch and sign autographs. There is a lot going on and it seems to have cooled down. Great day for some Kernels baseball.

I started this blog in February 2011 and one of the early categories of posts was named Cael’s Collection. It highlighted the baseball cards of Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni that I have picked up over the years. Cael is now 2 1/2 and someday all these will be his, so he gets the naming rights of this portion of my blog. Unfortunately for him, most of my cards are of minimal value, but the fun is in the hunt I suppose.

There has been only one Iowa State Cyclone that played professional baseball in Cedar Rapids that went on to play major league baseball to the best of my knowledge. Dutch Levsen, a Wyoming, IA native, attended Iowa State University prior to becoming a member of the 1923 Cedar Rapids Bunnies team. Levsen went 19-4 in 25 games as the Bunnies finished 69-56 under manager Bill Speas to finish 3rd in the Mississippi Valley League.

On August 28, 1926, Dutch Levsen became the last player in MLB history to pitch complete game victories in both ends of a doubleheader leading the Cleveland Indians to a 6-1 win with a four hitter in game one. He followed that with a 5-1 win in game two over the Boston Red Sox once again scattering four hits throughout the game. Levsen had a career year in 1926 posting a 16-13 record with a 3.41 ERA. Dutch Levsen finished his career with a 21-26 record and a 4.17 ERA during his six year career playing for the Cleveland Indians.

I have picked up one Dutch Levsen through my collecting. It is actually a item from a 1920′s game by National game Makers of Washington, D.C. The game was called “Major League Ball – The Indoor BB Game Supreme”. 14 die cut players were used for each team and all 16 teams were represented as rosters varied from year to year. The game was produced between 1921 and 1930. I bought this one on Ebay and have been looking for additional ones ever since but have yet to see another.

I pick up cards of our alumni at local shows, regional shows if I can time visiting my older brother in Chicago correctly and we even hit the National the year it was in Chicago. Several of our local guys help me out when they are breaking boxes and hold on to stuff for me often with minimal or no payment. I am always in your debt Brian, John and Tim. You still have an open account to my comp tickets to Kernels games. The most common acquisition form has been the always present Ebay. It’s a dangerous place when you have 385 major league alumni and countless other minor leaguers who have had baseball cards produced.

Here is another recent pickup. It ties in as it is Iowa State Day and This is a Cael’s Collection post. I finally picked up a Cael Sanderson Allen & Ginter autograph card this past month on Ebay. It came from their 2007 set and I hadn’t found one at a price I was happy with until now. I also picked up the Art Pennington auto graph from the 2009 Allen & Ginter set. Happy to hear is is taking part of the Major League All-Star festivities down in Kansas City this week.

Cael’s Collection – Hal Trosky Cut Auto 9/15

Cael’s Collection  – Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Baseball Cards


I posted a Cael’s Collection post early in my blogging career about a Hal Trosky cut autograph card. I picked up a different one from the 2011 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts baseball set early last month. It is a Legendary Black Cut Signatures card CLE-HT serial numbered 9/15 but it doesn’t have quite of nice a cut as the previous cut auto. This did come at a much cheaper price at $27 via Ebay.

Hal Trosky was part of the 1931 Cedar Rapids Bunnies squad that finished 2nd in the Mississippi Valley League with a mark of 74-52 under manager Paul Speraw. Hal hit .302 with three home runs in 164 at bats as an 18 year old.

Trosky played 11 season for the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox. The Norway, IA native posted a career batting average of .302 with 228 home runs and 1012 RBI.

Hal Trosky Bio page from the Norway Baseball Museum

The earlier entry about our baseball card team set giveaway coming up this Sunday got me thinking. I started this blog in February 2011 and one of the early categories of posts was named Cael’s Collection. It highlighted the baseball cards of Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni that I have picked up over the years. Cael is now 2 1/2 and someday all these will be his, so he gets the naming rights of this portion of my blog. Unfortunately for him, most of my cards are of minimal value, but the fun is in the hunt I suppose.

Cael’s Collection – Printing Plate Cards – Bedrosian, Mount and Ortiz

Cael’s Collection  – Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Baseball Cards


The previous entry about our baseball card team set giveaway coming up this Sunday got me thinking. I started this blog in February 2011 and one of the early categories of posts was named Cael’s Collection. It highlighted the baseball cards of Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni that I have picked up over the years. Cael is now 2 1/2 and someday all these will be his, so he gets the naming rights of this portion of my blog. Unfortunately for him, most of my cards are of minimal value, but the fun is in the hunt I suppose.

I pick up cards of our alumni at local shows, regional shows if I can time visiting my older brother in Chicago correctly and we even hit the National the year it was in Chicago. Several of our local guys help me out when they are breaking boxes and hold on to stuff for me often with minimal or no payment. I am always in your debt Brian, John and Tim. You still have an open account to my comp tickets to Kernels games. The most common acquisition form has been the always present Ebay. It’s a dangerous place when you have 383 major league alumni and countless other minor leaguers who have had baseball cards produced.

I haven’t made a Cael’s Collection post in quite some time so I will be making up for lost time sharing some of my recent additions. Recently, I picked up a Cam Bedrosian printing plate card up off of Ebay for a reasonable price. Printing plate cards are a fairly recent addition to the collector’s market. Each set of cards is produced using large printing plates. There are four different printing plates used for each card (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black). The plates are cut up and individual printing plate cards are then inserted into product at a very low rate making these among the rarest of cards. Each is designated as a one of one card as there is no other one like it in the world.

I have picked up three printing plate cards of Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni. Ebay has been the source of these finds. A Ryan Mount 2005 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospect black printing plate card BDP45 1 of 1 card cost me $10 back in 2007. I was lucky enough to get him to sign it while he was here with the Kernels that season. Last year, I bought a Ramon Ortiz 2005 Topps Chrome black printing plate card BDP45 1 of 1 card for $11 and then this past month I picked up the earlier mentioned Cam Bedrosian 2011 Bowman Chrome magenta printing plate card BCP156 1 of 1 card for $13. Bedrosian was kind enough to sign  it for me.

Cael’s Collection – Kurt Stillwell 1991 Topps #478

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Kurt Stillwell 1991 topps small.jpgThe alumni card of the day is a 1991 Topps card of Kurt Stillwell. Stillwell was part of the 1984 Cedar Rapids Redsteam that finished 4th with a mark of 75-63 under manager Jim Lett. Stillwell hit .251 with 4 HR, 33 RBI and stole 24 bases in 112 games.Kurt Stillwell hit .249 with 34 HR and 310 RBI in his 9 seasons in Major League Baseball. Stillwell played for the Reds, Royals, Padres, Angels and Rangers. He was named to the 1988 All-Star team in his 1st season in the American League with the Royals.

Cael’s Collection – Dick Tracewski 1964 Topps #154

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The alumni card of the day is a 1964 Topps card of Dick Tracewski. Tracewski was a member of the 1956 Cedar Rapids Raiders team that finished with a mark of 44-76 under manager George Scherger. Tracewski hit .259 with 2 HR in 55 games for Cedar Rapids.

Dick Tracewski hit .213 with 8 HR and 91 RBI during his 8 year MLB career playing for the Dodgers and the Tigers. Tracewski was a member of the World Series Championship teams in 1963 (Dodgers), 1965 (Dodgers) and 1968 (Tigers).

Cael’s Collection – Joe Hague 1973 Topps #447

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The alumni card of the day is a 1973 Topps card of Joe Hague. Hague hit .251 with 9 HR and 24 doubles in 119 games for the 1966 Cedar Rapid Cardinals squad. The team finished 81-40 in 1st place during the regular season under manager Ron Plaza. The Cedar Rapids Cardinals fell to Fox Cities 2 games to 1 in the Championship Series.

joe hague 1973 topps small.jpgJoe Hague hit .239 with 40 HR and 163 RBI during his six year MLB career playing for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds.

Cael’s Collection – Scot Shields 2005 Topps Heritage #65

Cael’s Collection  – Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Baseball Cards

The alumni card of the day is a 2005 Topps Heritage card of Scot Shields. Shields appeared in 58 games for the 1998 Cedar Rapids Kernels. He posted a 6-5 mark with a 3.65 ERA while striking out 81 in 74 innings of work. The Kernels finished 71-69 under manager Garry Templeton.

scot shields small.jpgScot Shields announce his retirement earlier this week. He finished his 10 year career with the Angels with a 46-44 record and a ERA of 3.18.

Scot Shields was part of the Angels 2002 World Series Championship team. He led the American League in holds four consecutive years starting in 2005. Shields was selected as the Setup Man of the Decade by Sports Illustrated.

Cael’s Collection – Jarrod Washburn 2001 Topps #604

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Cael’s Collection  – Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Baseball Cards

The alumni card of the day is a 2001 Topps of Jarrod Washburn. Washburn was part of the 1995 Cedar Rapids Kernels team that finished in 3rd place with a record of 76-62 under manager Tom Lawless. The Kernels fell to Peoria in the first round of the playoffs that season. Washburn was 0-1 with a ERA of 3.44 in three starts for the Kernels. He struck out 20 batters in 18 1/3 innings of work.

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Jarrod Washburn has compiled a mark of 107-109 mark with a ERA of 4.10 entering the 2011 season pitching for the Angels, Mariners and Tigers. He currently is a unsigned free agent after missing the 2010 season with an injury.
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