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.

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