Baseball's latest champions commemorated on cardboard

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While the big-leaguers are still playing, trying to will themselves to a championship. another title-winning team had its achievements commemorated on cardboard this past Friday night.

Not the New York Yankees or the Philadelphia Phillies. Nah, they’ve already got plenty of baseball cards and plenty more on the way.

But the 2009 Little League World Series champion Park View (Calif.) All-Stars? That’s a different story.

Upper Deck recently hosted the team for a tour of its Carlsbad, Calif., facility and on Friday night the team reunited at the San Diego Hall of Champions to receive their baseball cards and have a signing for their friends and family.

No word on whether any signed Andy Rios cards like the one above have made it to the secondary market just yet, but we’ve turned our attention away from that Bryce Harper kid (for now). We know talent — Rios went 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored in the title game.

All prospecting jokes aside, each player received 250 copies of his card for use at the event where the team signed those and other items for teammates and other friends of the program.

“It was our pleasure to produce these cards,” said Terry Melia, Upper Deck’s public relations manager who presented the cards to each of the players. “This sort of thing doesn’t happen every year in San Diego, so it was important for us to commemorate it by doing something special. This represents another way for the kids to recall their significant accomplishment.”

Oh, and for those diehard prospectors already wanting a checklist? The 12 players are: Rios, Luke Ramirez, Bradley Roberto, Oscar Castro, Jensen Peterson, Markus Melin, Isaiah Armenta, Nick Conlin, Seth Godfrey, Bulla Graft, Daniel Porras Jr., Kiko Garcia and Oscar R. Castro – along with Coach Ric Ramirez and Manager Oscar Castro.

Having a baseball card isn’t lost on the players, including the LLWS big-timer, Rios.

“This is great,” said Rios, the team’s shortstop who was named the LLWS MVP. “People have been asking us for autographs ever since we won, but I never thought we’d get our own Upper Deck trading cards.”

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Graded Card Investor. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at

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