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Cal Ripken Jr. 1991 Topps ‘1990 Record Breaker’

Cal Ripken Jr. 1991 Topps ‘1990 Record Breaker’

Now this one is a sweet one!!

Check it out:

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This card comes from the 1991 Topps baseball card set and it is part of the ‘Record Breakers’ subset.

I like the look of the card with the 40th Anniversary logo in place in the upper-left corner, and the prominent ‘Record Breaker’ tagline at the bottom truly calls out what makes this card special.

For me, the only thing that is missing from the front is some kind of hint as to what the record was.  I like the way that it was done in 1985, and I wish that Topps carried that style forward with other issues.  A little hint or tease as to what is printed on the back would have been nice – give us a reason to pause and read the back of the card!

As an FYI, this card is celebrating the fact that Ripken had an errorless games streak of 95 consecutive games at shortstop in which he handled 431 plays before making another error.

Cal Ripken Jr. 1990 Donruss MVP Bonus Card

Cal Ripken Jr. 1990 Donruss MVP Bonus Card

Donruss’ relatively short-lived ‘Bonus MVP’ subset allowed for collectors like me the opportunity to build insert sets and also pick up extra cards of the players we valued the most.

Typically featuring the team’s best and most popular players, the MVP set kind of felt like an All-Star set, with MVP graphics.

This is Cal Ripken’s card from the 1990 set.

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I love the idea, and I actually don’t mind the loud background that Donruss employed with this 1990 version of the set.  I just wish that the photo selection was better – show me why this player was chosen to be tagged with the MVP title for his team.

Other than that, I like it!

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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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.

Jim Palmer’s Glorious 1966 Topps Rookie Baseball Card

Jim Palmer’s Glorious 1966 Topps Rookie Baseball Card

When I decided a few years back that I wanted to pay tribute to Jim Palmer and his Hall of Fame career, I knew that some cards would be tougher to obtain.

And while I am not so finicky that I will not accept good or very good condition baseball cards in my collection, I am patient enough to wait it out long enough to know that I have found one that will make me happy.

And you know what, it took quite some time, but I eventually brought one into my collection.

And it is superb – Have a look:

Jim Palmer’s Hall Of Fame Plaque

Jim Palmer’s Hall Of Fame Plaque

Elected to the Hall of Fame on his first ballot in 1990, Jim Palmer received 411 of the 444 votes counted.

With a pitching resume that could compare with the game’s greatest, the fact that Palmer fell short of the 300 wins mark by 32 victories did not hurt his reputation as one of the greatest pitchers from the 60’s, 70’s, and into the 80’s.

A true class act that stayed loyal to one team over the course of his career, Palmer still holds several Baltimore Oriole pitching records and remains a team favorite 25+ years since his retirement!!!

Congratulations on a fantastic career and Happy Birthday Mr. Jim Palmer!!!!