Russell has impressive one-of-a-kind Pokemon card collection


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Mark J. Rebilas - USA Today Sports
Mark J. Rebilas - USA Today Sports

Cubs young shortstop Addison Russell has an ever-growing Pokemon Card collection and one of the cards is signed by his teammate Kris Bryant.

“I started collecting this offseason because my cousins, nieces, and nephews all started collecting, so I wanted to find a way to relate with them,” Russell said to ESPN's Jesse Rogers.

The cards started just for fun with his family, and now the obsession has turned into a hobby that he has gotten different major leaguers signing his Pokemon cards.

“I’ve signed a lot of baseball cards of myself, and I just thought it would be cool if professional athletes would sign Pokémon cards. I started collecting them more, and now I’m asking guys to sign them.”

The 23-year old assuredly has some of the rarest one-of-a-kind Pokemon cards in the world since they are being autographed by major leaguers.

“I’m going to keep doing it,” he said. “I have some badass Pokémon cards that I need signed.”

Russell is batting .257 with two homers, 13 RBI, and .316 on-base percentage this season. For his short MLB career, he is batting .241 with 36 homers, 162 RBI, and .314 on-base percentage.

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