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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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The last Red Hot Rookies by ejahnke

Finally I see a personal “must-have” out of the Red Hot Rookie redemption program….not that they aren’t all good-looking cards.

#18 is former University of Texas star and future MLB All-Star, Taylor Teagarden, Catcher, Rangers


# 19 is Collin Balester, Pitcher, Nationals

#20 Lou Montanez, Outfielder, Orioles