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.



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

  1. As someone else who made that very same decision about 10 years ago I can understand your challenge. My suggestion would be quality over quantity as it is simply impossible to collect every one of his cards. Start with the best condition rookie cards from 1982 Topps, Fleet and Don runs as well as his 1982 Topps Traded. Then a quality on card autograph and prime patch card. You will know have “bookends” to your collection. From there you can go forward or backward in his career for singles.

  2. I would say the best way for you to start is to let me send you a ton of doubles that I have of the Iron Man. I don’t want you to send me anything in return. I’m just elated to see someone else collecting him that I want to help out in any way I can!

  3. Even though you don’t collect graded cards, the Registry can be a great place to pull checklists from. If I were you, I would target the Cal Ripken Basic set first (main cards from primary releases) before going after the Master set. Here is a link to my Ripken Basic set collection:


  4. Sure thing – one other thing to note. PSA does not include cards after the player retires in their sets, so it doesn’t make a good checklist to include newer cards of retired players. However, the basic player and master sets, especially for player who have been out of the game for a while like Ripken are pretty comprehensive.

  5. Glad you are going to start collecting Ripken!

    There’s a pretty cool reprint rookie from the 2001 Fleer set. I’d start there.

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