Posted on May 17, 2012 – 2:08 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Chad Caldwell, Ken Griffey, Ken Griffey Jr, MLB, supercollector, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (4)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
We’re prepping yet another issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly and we’ve picked a SuperCollector for the July issue, which will be all about legends and legendary collections.
This month’s SuperCollector is Chad Caldwell from Houston, Texas, who collects Ken Griffey Jr., a legend from the not-so-distant past.
He submitted a video, which you can see above, along with a Photobucket link and told his story — which has a bit of a twist to it (see part of that after the jump).
You can have a chance to have your collection showcased as a SuperCollector by clicking here and following the instructions.
An excerpt from Caldwell’s submission:
“He literally changed the game itself while sparking a new generation and style of ballplayer. His attitude and approach to the game, unparalleled media/commercial attention within the baseball world and his clean and positive off-field acts made him in many ways an idol of mine. … However, a few years into my career the appeal of working around professional athletes had for the most part made me numb toward them being ‘idols’ or something more than just regular men and women. I now view these athletes truly as I would anybody else in another job – I respect them for their skills and work ethic but they are just normal people who happen to make more money in their job than most people do. … It is amazing that I have all this after a major flood destroyed 100 percent of my collection. All of this is from 2007 until present-day only!”
(Need a Griffey checklist or OPG? Click here.)
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Congrats Chad. Longtime no see.
Amazing collection, moreso since it was all brought together in five years!
And I teach writing, so I can tell you that “shinier” is indeed a word.
Congrats Mr. Thundering24 !!! :D
The one cool card I did not see was “2000 Upper Deck Game Jersey Patch #PJR Ken Griffey Jr. 1″ or “2000 Upper Deck Game Jersey Patch #PJR Ken Griffey Jr. 2″ Both cards where at a very short run 11 or 19 made. I have the 1 but not 2. See it here http://i1129.photobucket.com/albums/m515/Dartmatrix04/KGP-F.jpg [IMG]http://i1129.photobucket.com/albums/m515/Dartmatrix04/KGP-F.jpg[/IMG] Great collection, Jr. is the bomb.
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