Brandon Webb baseball cards should be increasingly valuable.
05/14/2008 1:37 PM ET
Webb cherished Doby card as a child
D-Backs pitcher followed Braves stars growing up
By George Castle / Special to MLBPLAYERS.com
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 MLBPLAYERS.com about his childhood collecting:
MLBPLAYERS.com: 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.
MLBPLAYERS.com: 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.
MLBPLAYERS.com: 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.
MLBPLAYERS.com: 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.
MLBPLAYERS.com: What's your favorite Major League card?
Webb: I enjoy the action shots, not the poses.
-- Red Line Editorial