Exhibition Details

Location: Orientation Gallery
Dates: March 9, 2016
to May 29, 2016




This specially-ticketed limited-engagement exhibition features some of the rarest and most important baseball cards in the history of the sport. Drawn from the Diamondbacks Collection, carefully and painstakingly amassed by Ken Kendrick, longtime collector and managing general partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks, The Ultimate Collection: Iconic Baseball Cards from the Diamondbacks Collection features 16 of the top 20 ranked sports trading cards in the entire world, along with an additional 25 highly-valued and prized baseball trading cards. The exhibition will include baseball’s rarest and most famous collectible: a T206 Honus Wagner trading card, once owned by hockey legend Wayne Gretzky.

The roster of cards that compose the collection is truly staggering, including 16 of the 20 rarest and highly prized trading cards in the history of sports. The collection includes Topps rookie cards for Baseball Hall of fame inductees Mickey Mantle, Henry “Hank” Aaron, and Sandy Koufax. It also includes a rare Bowman 1954 Ted Williams card, along with cards representing some of the most legendary and iconic names in the history of the game, including Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Jackie Robinson, Lou Gehrig, Satchel Paige, Joe DiMaggio, and Willie Mays. It also includes a single basketball card: a 1986 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan card, considered by many to be the greatest player in the history of the NBA. 

The Ultimate Collection marks the first time Kendrick’s collection has been exhibited west of the Mississippi, and the first time it has been formally exhibited in its home state of Arizona. Previously, the exhibition was on view at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York for three years, before closing in 2013.

This exhibition is organized by Phoenix Art Museum and is made possible through the generosity of Ken Kendrick and the Arizona Diamondbacks.



Free for Museum Members. Not a Member yet, click here.  This special ticketed exhibition is offered at $8 for adults, $5 for youth (ages 6 - 17), plus general admission (required), which varies according to age. For a full breakdown of general admission prices, click here.

On Wednesdays from 3 to 9 p.m. and First Fridays from 6 to 10 p.m. tickets for this exhibition are $8 for adults, $5 for youth (ages 6 - 17) with no charge for general admission, and free for children under 6. Limit two children under 6 per adult.

Tickets can be reserved in advance. Tickets can be purchased here.


Group Sales

Interested in coming as a group? For group sales information, click here.