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Cal Ripken Jr. 1988 Fleer

Cal Ripken Jr. 1988 Fleer

The Red, White, and Blue striping that the 1988 Fleer baseball card set offers us may be a great color scheme for baseball, but it is certainly not a great match for the Baltimore Orioles.

Here is the Cal Ripken card from that set:

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The card is nice and the colors are sharp, but the two varying color schemes given to us clash pretty well against one another.

Still, it is Cal!  And in 1988, he led the American League in sacrifice flies with 10.  A true team player that was willing to sacrifice himself for the chance to pick up a run and possible victory.

Cal Ripken Jr. 1988 KMart ‘Memorable Moments Of The Eighties’

Cal Ripken Jr. 1988 KMart ‘Memorable Moments Of The Eighties’

Oddball baseball cards from the 1980’s rank very high on the list of ‘cool’ at 30-YOC.

As a kid that was obsessed with collecting baseball cards during the mid-to-late 1980’s, I always wanted more than what the three main companies were issuing at the time.  Even with the bonus cards and send-in cards, I craved more.

Oddballs filled that void rather nicely.  And I tackled as many of them as I could gather.

While this card is new to my collection now, I am fairly certain that I picked it up sometime in 1988 as well.

Enjoy.

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Happy Birthday Mickey Mantle!!

Happy Birthday Mickey Mantle!!

Today we celebrate Mickey Mantle’s birthday.

And while I am way too young too pass around first-hand stories about watching ‘The Mick’  roam around center field for the New York Yankees, I do have the next best thing.  You see, my dad is from the Bronx and spent much of his youth with his older brother in and around Yankee Stadium.  Back when baseball was the sport of choice for America’s youth, my dad and uncle and thousands of other kids around the New York area worshiped Mickey Mantle.

The stories that have been shared with me are priceless.  Sneaking into the stadium or ditching classes early to catch playoff games on the radio.  And the players that they got to see and follow are as historic as they get, with Mickey Mantle leading the way!!!

So on this day, the entire ’30-YOC’ family wishes Mr. Mickey Mantle a Happy Birthday!!!

Cal Ripken Jr. 1988 Donruss All-Star

Cal Ripken Jr. 1988 Donruss All-Star

While not brimming with action, I will take this All-Star baseball card of Cal Ripken Jr. from the 1988 Donruss set over almost any Topps-issued All-Star cards from the same decade.

Here is the card:

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I dare you to find a regular issue Topps All-Star card of Ripken that is better.

Double-Dog Dare.

Cal Ripken Jr. 1998 Fleer Skybox Dugout Access – I Have An Idea To Make This Card Better…

Cal Ripken Jr. 1998 Fleer Skybox Dugout Access

The theme of ‘Dugout Access’ is a very neat one and a great one for a baseball card set.

I just wish that the theme extended beyond the name and logo.  I wish it was carried forward to the image being used on the card as well…

This is Cal Ripken, Jr’s card from the 1998 Fleer Skybox ‘Dugout Access’ set:

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Like I said, the name of the set is really cool.  And the logo designed around the name also works pretty well.

Now, just imagine if the image used of Cal for this set looked more like this:

Or like this:

Now that is true ‘Dugout Access’.

Cal Ripken Jr. 1992 Fleer Ultra

Cal Ripken Jr. 1992 Fleer Ultra

The Fleer Ultra brand of baseball cards always gave us large, border-less images.

As a kid, when I first encountered these baseball cards, I always felt like I was hold a miniature photograph opposed to a baseball card.

The 1992 set is a beautiful one, and this is the card of Orioles legend, Cal Ripken Jr.

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Gotta love it!  The added graphics element at the bottom of the card do nothing to distract from the overall image and that means a lot as sometimes small graphics are a major distraction.

Looks like Cal whiffed on this though, doesn’t it…

Cal Ripken Jr. 1994 Topps Stadium Club – What A Picture!!!

Cal Ripken Jr. 1994 Topps Stadium Club

Holy Cow, this is a sweet image!

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I always enjoyed how Topps’ Stadium Club brand felt like you were holding a true photograph.  With their border-less style, each one felt like a mini picture, with a few added graphics.

This card from the 1994 Stadium Club set carries true with that same style.

And it looks like Ripken had to get a little dirty on this play to make an out.  It appears that he had to bolt to his right and dive for the ball, and then quickly spring up and fire a strike to first to get the runner out.  Did he do it?  One would certainly have to guess that he did.

Cal had the range and arm for the job, no doubt about it!!!