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Webb cherished Doby card as a child
05/14/2008 1:37 PM ET
Brandon Webb baseball cards should be increasingly valuable.

The Diamondbacks' ace was the 2006 NL Cy Young Award winner. He continued his winning ways last season and this year is off to an 8-0 start.

So it stands to reason that some future big leaguer is out there collecting Brandon Webb cards the way he used to collect cards of the top pitchers when he was a kid. Webb recently spoke with about his childhood collecting: Whom did you collect when you were younger?

Webb: Not any specific series or brand of cards -- basically, the top players I'd watch. I liked the Atlanta Braves growing up in Kentucky. We'd watch them on TBS every night. I liked Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Steve Avery.

We were also close to Cincinnati. But it didn't matter what team I watched. I'd still collect the top players. I remember going to the store. Back then, it was 50¢ per pack. Now it's $10, $15, $20 packs, special series. Then it was Topps, Fleer, Donruss, and easier to keep track of all the best ones. Did you trade cards with your friends?

Webb: No doubt, for sure. I do remember getting an old card, a Larry Doby card, from my next-door neighbor's dad. I don't know what I traded for it. It was always cool to get old cards. That was one of the trades I remember. When did you first appear on a card?

Webb: It was probably what was called 'minor leagues,' a step before Little League, probably 8 years old. What was your first pro card?

Webb: The South Bend Silver Hawks. I was pretty young -- probably 21 or 22. Also, Lancaster Jet Hawks, then El Paso for Double-A. And Tucson -- for a couple of weeks I was a Sidewinder. I've got cards for all these teams. What's your favorite Major League card?

Webb: I enjoy the action shots, not the poses.

-- Red Line Editorial

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