Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Paul Ah Yat on baseball cards

Paul Ah Yat pitched professionally from 1996 to 2001, mostly in the Pirates organization. In 149 games he went 40-32 with a 3.59 ERA. Now an Enforcement Officer for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"I was playing with Chad Hermansen and he was sent 15,000 cards to him from Topps to be signed during spring training and they paid him $ per card for him to do that. He was determined to sign all 15,000 during spring training. He did it and signed all of them, but ended up straining his wrist and hand in the process. The muscles in his hand was all cramped up throughout Big League Camp.

My favorite baseball card was the one that Topps made with the Hawaiian Islands in the background.

I do collect baseball cards and my 9 year old daughter just got into it as well. I've passed my collection down to her and now she's starting her own."
Thanks! I don't have that card, but here is one from my collection.


  1. Good stuff! Poor Chad Hermansen.. Topps may have ruined his once-promising career.

  2. That's an interesting little tidbit about Hermansen there; I kind of want to pick up a copy of that card now. I guess I'm a little twisted.