Signed Rod Kahnel baseball card from my collection

Signed Rod Kanehl baseball card from my collection

I haven’t been able to make many additions to my New York Mets autograph collection, for a variety of reasons.

At last count, I have a signed baseball card for 881 of 975 players who have appeared in a game for the Mets. Many of the ones I’m missing have passed away.

Original Mets infielder “Hot Rod” Kanehl falls into that group – he died of a heart attack in 2004.

A career minor leaguer, Kanehl impressed Casey Stengel with his hustle – he once scored from second base on a wild pitch. ┬áKanehl is also the answer to a trivia question – he’s the first Mets’ player to hit a grand slam. While his talent level never allowed him to be more than a fan-favorite, Kanehl made┬áthe most of his three years with the Mets.

Kanehl signed this card through the mail for my friend Jeff, who decided that my collection would be a better home for it.

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About Paul Hadsall

I'm the former editor of a weekly community newspaper and current contributor to Hot Stove Baseball. I've been a New York Mets fan for most of my life and I've been blogging about them, minor league baseball, baseball cards and autograph collecting since 2007. Contact me at paul@randombaseballstuff.com

5 responses

  1. Who produced “Swell” baseball cards? I’ve never heard of them before.

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    • Paul says:

      The copyright notice is (c)CMC 1990, but there is also mention of a “Phila. Chewing Gum Corp.” on the back. I remember the set being sold via wax packs in hobby shops, but it was an oddball series that wasn’t too popular at the time… at least in my area.

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  2. Paul, I have a 1979 Topps Gene Clines autograph if you’re interested. I would be willing to trade for an Athletics autograph or just a stack of Athletics.

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  3. correction…it is a 1976 Topps.

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