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What Is The Best Way To Proceed With A Cal Ripken Jr. Player Collection???

What Is The Best Way To Proceed With A Cal Ripken Jr. Player Collection???

If you missed it, I made it official the other night – I am going to become a Cal Ripken collector.

I’m excited about the prospect of obtain both old and new cards of Cal for my collection and I think it will be a great way for me to reconnect to another great baseball hero from my childhood.  Certainly, there is no mistaking the impact Cal left on the game, or the hobby.

But, as the title of this post alludes to, I simply do not know where to begin.

I’ve considered starting with his oldest cards.

I’ve considered starting with his newest cards.

And I have considered quite a bit in between both too.

I have to imagine that out of all of the newly crowned Hall of Famers that starred during the 1980’s and 1990’s, Ripken is near the top of the list when it comes to the number of cards made that bear his name and image.

So, where do I start?

What would you do?

I’d love some input on this.  Please comment below.  Thank you.


Here Is A Peek At My Cal Ripken Jr. Collection As It Stands Today.

Here Is A Peek At My Cal Ripken Jr. Collection As It Stands Today.

Last night I made it official – I am now a Cal Ripken Jr. Player Collector!!

So, I thought it would be worthwhile to log in and document all of the cards I currently own of him, and while I was at it, I snapped a picture too.

The collection is just 27 unique cards deep – yes, rather pathetic I know.  But, I have almost a blank canvas in front of me that is simply waiting to be filled.  And I plan to tackle this endeavor head-on.

Like I mentioned, this collection of cards has just 27 unique cards in it – but I do have a few doubles too.  And they’re the sweet ones – I have 3 of Cal’s 1982 Topps rookie cards from my youth, still in their original penny sleeves and top loaders.

Have a look at the full collection:

Ripken PC

And now, I am ready to shop.  Wish me luck, and stay tuned to ’30-YOC’ as I plan on taking you along for the ride with me!!

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And My Cal Ripken Jr. Player Collection Officially And Finally Gets Underway…

And My Cal Ripken Jr. Player Collection Officially And Finally Gets Underway…

After years and years of debating, I am ready to make my move.

I’ve wanted to work on adding a collection of Cal Ripken Jr. baseball cards to my collection for a very long time.  I’m not sure why I have yet to officially commit to that move, but I think it has more to do with fear of the unknown than anything else.  Not knowing how many cards deep this collection can go is a huge factor.  I have to guess that among all of the players that starred in the same era, Cal is near the top of the list of players featured on unique cards.  And that fact alone is very imposing.

But, I am now ready and eager to tackle that challenge.  I am in the mood to revisit the stars from my youth in more detail and there may not be a bigger start from that time than #8.

So, I am jumping in – with two feet.

And if you saw my post the other day about going back to collecting the stars of the 1980’s like Dave Winfield, Rickey Henderson, and others, than you saw that I have 1 empty row in a 3-row box.  Well, I think Cal Ripken deserves that spot – so it is now his.

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I’m ready to get started now.  And I hope you are too.

Let’s Go!!



Cal Ripken’s Statue At Camden Yards

Cal Ripken’s Statue At Camden Yards

On September 6, 2012, the Baltimore Orioles unveiled a bronze statue of their famous shortstop that will greet fans as they enter the ballpark for decades ahead.

Ripken, who played 21 seasons with the Baltimore franchise is one of the great faces of the team’s history and his generation in the sport.

Here are a few pictures:

ripken statue 1 ripken statue 2 ripken statue 3

Hopefully one of these days I can get there in person to see it, and the others that surround that beautiful ballpark.

Cal Ripken’s Hall Of Fame Plaque

Cal Ripken’s Hall Of Fame Plaque

Cal Ripken, Jr. was inducted into the National Baseball Hall Of Fame in Cooperstown as a member of the ‘Class of 2007′ as he captured 537 of 545 votes cast for election.

And the plaque says – “Arrived at the ballpark every day with a burning desire to perform at the highest level.  Dedication and work ethic resulted in a record 2,632 consecutive games played from May 30, 1982 through September 19, 1988, earning him the title of baseball’s ‘Iron Man’.  In 21 seasons, collected 3,184 hits and 431 home runs, and was named to 19 consecutive All-star teams.  Won Rookie of the Year honors, 2 MVPs, and 2 Gold Glove Awards.  His Orioles won the 1983 World Series and he hit .336 lifetime in 28 postseason games.”

Sounds like a Hall of Fame resume to me!!!

Cal Ripken Jr’s Iconic 1982 Topps TRADED Baseball Card

Cal Ripken Jr’s Iconic 1982 Topps TRADED Baseball Card

Normally, it is the first card that the collector seeks – the player’s debut in the hobby.

But, the most sought after Cal Ripken card from his playing days is actually his second Topps baseball card, the one in the 1982 Traded set.

Yes, Ripken has a rookie card in the base set that was issued in 1982.  And that card is a 3-player card that features two other rookies from the Baltimore Orioles.  While this card still carries a respectable price tag, it is not held in as high regard as the one from the Traded set that was issued later in the year.

This one features just Ripken, and if you are an Orioles collector or Cal Ripken, Jr. collector, this card is an absolute ‘MUST HAVE’.

Check it out:

Ripken Traded

Cal Ripken Jr & ‘The 3000 Hits Club’

Cal Ripken Jr & ‘The 3000 Hits Club’

On April 15, 2000, Cal Ripken joined another elite class.  This time, it was the ‘3,000 Hit Club’.

On the road in Minnesota, Ripken collected #3,000 by tallying 3 hits on the night.  He became just the 24th member of the club, and put himself into another elite category that is solely reserved for the game’s greatest and most durable players.

By the end of his career, Cal Ripken had 3,184 total hits.  He currently sits in 14th place on the All-time list.