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Angels rookie Nick Adenhart dies in auto accident by Chris Olds
April 9, 2009, 11:16 am
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Los Angeles Angels rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed in an automobile accident on early Thursday morning just hours after he pitched six scoreless innings against the Oakland A’s in Anaheim. He was 22.

The right-hander from Silver Spring, Md., gave up seven hits, striking out five and walking three in what was his fourth major-league start. He compiled a 37-28 record with a 3.88 ERA in four minor league seasons before making his major league debut with the Angels last year, going 1-0 in three appearances.

Baseball America ranked him as the No. 1 prospect for the Angels this season. He had been ranked the No. 2 overall prospect in the organization in 2007 and 2008 and the 24th best prospect in all of baseball last year.

Adenhart has appeared on 237 baseball cards, according to the Beckett database. His Rookie Cards can be found in several 2004 sets. His only autographed RC is in the 2004 Donruss Elite Extra Edition set (card No. 355), which was limited to just 653 copies and is valued at approximately $100. Three other Adenhart autographed cards from that set sell for $100 or more.

Overall, Adenhart signed 57 different cards from 2004 to 2009.

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at