The Ultimate SetHere is an overview of the first 5 cards in the collection. Originally I was just going to capture the pictures this way but luckily I decided close ups were in order. I am going to let the cards pretty much speak for themselves with a little commentary at the end.
Earl G. “Ken” Kendrick, managing general partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks, has collected baseball cards since his childhood in the 1950s. Kendrick’s success in business afforded him the luxury of tracking down and assembling his all-time favorite cards: 25 cardboard classics that comprise his “ultimate set.”
These cards are among the most desired in the hobby for many reasons. Some cards represent childhood heroes, lasting symbols of a bygone era. Others recall the game’s greatest stars and the seasons in which the shined brightest. A select few among the most treasured rarities of all time, coveted by collectors young and old. All are in stunning condition, crucial to the high-end baseball card aficionado.
1951 Bowman Willie Mays - PSA 9
1955 Topps Sandy Koufax - PSA 10
1949 Bowman Duke Snider - PSA 10
1952 Topps Mickey Mantle - PSA 10
1954 Topps Henry Aaron - PSA 10
1909 E90-1 American Caramel Joe Jackson - PSA 8
1916 Sporting News Babe Ruth - PSA 8
1910 T-206 Eddie Plank - PSA 8
1954 Bowman Ted Williams - PSA 9
1933 Goudey Nap Lajoie - PSA 9
1909 T206 Honus Wagner - PSA 8
Here is an overview of how the Honus is displayed with a brief write up of its history.
1909 T206 Christy Mathewson - PSA 9
So there you have the first 12 cards of The Ultimate Set. What do you think so far? Do any of these not belong in your opinion? As a Giants fan I obviously love the Mays and Mathewson cards but I also love the early 20th century cards and the Henry Aaron as favorites. The condition of this collection is amazing.
In a few days, I will share the final 13 cards in The Ultimate Set, be prepared for some more cards from the first half of the 20th century in amazing condition.