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Home-grown heroes seemingly always get more hobby love by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor | Commentary

I’ve always felt that there is a disconnect in the hobby with championship-winning players who aren’t home-grown.

In other words, when a player like Cliff Lee or Josh Hamilton lights things up for a team like the American League champion Rangers — but have Rookie Cards from several years ago picturing them with the Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays — they just don’t carry the kind of maximized appeal when it comes championship time.

With Game 3 of the World Series under way as I write this, it’s a battle of largely home-grown Giants (at least among the players who should be of most interest with San Francisco collectors) vs. the Rangers, a more liberal mix of home-grown and acquired players among their hobby stars.

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Latest Jewish Major Leaguers baseball card set arrives in April by Chris Olds


The fifth edition of the Jewish Major Leaguers baseball card series arrives in April focusing on notable record holders and current baseball stars.

The 50-card set, which is made for the American Jewish Historical Society, includes all current big-leaguers who are Jewish — Ryan Braun,  Scott Schoeneweis, Brian Horwitz, Josh Whitsell, Brad Ausmus, Jason Marquis, Gabe Kapler, Kevin Youkilis, John Grabow, Scott Feldman, Ian Kinsler, Jason Hirsh and Craig Breslow — along with record-holders among Jewish players from the past.

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