Monica Abbott's softball dominance hasn't spawned much cardboard

Monica-Abbott-1Most collectors may not know Monica Abbott's name, but if you're a fan of softball you certainly do.

She was dominant at the University of Tennessee where she set NCAA records for strikeouts (2,440), shutouts (112) and victories (189) -- and she also had 23 no-hitters and six perfect games. She was a member of the 2008 Olympic squad that won silver and she threw the Olympics' first perfect game.

But today she reached a new plateau in the world of sports.

Monica-Abbott-2She signed the first million-dollar contract in the 13-year history of the National Pro Fastpitch league -- a six-year deal with the Houston-area Scrap Yard Dawgs, an expansion team. (Ironically, the Houston Astros made Nolan Ryan the first million-dollar man in MLB back in 1979 -- his million came per season, though.)

The 30-year-old's dominating career has largely eluded cardboard. Her only "major" release came via a Sports Illustrated for Kids card found in a magazine back in 2007. She also appeared on a card in a 2007 USA Softball set.

However fans can find autographed game-used cleats on her official website for $79.99, signed softballs for $14.99 and signed photos for $11.99.

Last season she went 13-1 with a 0.31 ERA and 149 strikeouts in 90-plus innings for the Chicago Bandits.

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