Adam Kennedy has proven himself a well-rounded, clutch-hitting second baseman over his seven-plus seasons in the Major Leagues, but he started getting acquainted with the big leagues as a baseball card collector in the mid-'80s.
MLBPLAYERS.com: When did you start collecting?
Kennedy: Probably when I was 8, 9 or 10 years old.
MLBPLAYERS.com: What were your favorite cards?
Kennedy: I collected a little bit of sets, but also individual guys who were hot at the time -- Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden. I had their rookie cards. I also had Cal Ripken Jr. and Ken Griffey Jr. I never really stayed with one person over a period of time. I probably collected over a five-year period pretty seriously.
MLBPLAYERS.com: Where are the cards?
Kennedy: I probably have at least hundreds. My dad has them packed away somewhere.
MLBPLAYERS.com: Did you trade cards with your friends?
Kennedy: Absolutely. Some trades were good, some were bad. Those of us who were aware of what were the hot cards at the time would get frustrated with those kids who would have pretty decent cards on the spokes of their bikes. What a waste.
MLBPLAYERS.com: On what card did you first appear?
Kennedy: It was my rookie-league card after I first signed -- with the Cardinals organization in New Jersey. Not too great of a pose, I'm sure. Some of the more recent ones seem pretty good.
George Castle is a writer for Redline Editorial, Inc.
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