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Cal Ripken Is A 19-Time All-Star

Cal Ripken Is A 19-Time All-Star

Whether it was due to fan voting or being selected by the team’s manager, everyone wanted to see Cal Ripken playing in the All-star game.

He became a fixture for the better part of two decades at the ‘Mid-Summer Classic’ and he deserved each appearance.

Every fan, teammate, and opponent enjoyed catching a glimpse pf one of baseball’s most respected players enjoying the festivities and spotlight of being in the same stage with the sport’s biggest stars.

Cal Ripken And His 1982 Rookie Of The Year Award

Cal Ripken And His 1982 Rookie Of The Year Award

Cal did a little bit of everything during his first big league season…

Offensively, he established himself as a solid hitter that was able to deliver power and run production that was uncommon from the shortstop position during the 1980’s.  During his debut campaign, Cal notched 32 doubles and 28 home runs.  In the process, he scored 90 times and drove in 93 runs.

Defensively, Cal spilt time between shortstop and third base.  Overall, he amassed a .972 fielding percentage but tallied up 19 errors.  13 of those errors came at short, but he also handled twice as many plays there in comparison to playing at third base.

Cal Ripken easily won the American League’s Rookie Of The Year award in 1982.  He collected 24/28 first place votes outdistancing Kent Hrbek of the Twins by a great margin.

Happy Birthday Cal Ripken, Jr!!!!

Happy Birthday Cal Ripken, Jr!!!!

Cal Ripken Jr. turns 53 years old today.

One of baseball’s most recognizable figures, Ripken built an incredible resume during his 21 years in the majors.  While Cal will probably be most remembered for his consecutive games played streak of 2,632, he also accomplished some amazing baseball feats.

With 3,184 hit and 431 home runs, Ripken is one of only 8 players in the elite 3,000/400 club.  Being in such an elite and limited group of the game’s greatest players solidifies Cal as one of the greatest of his era.

And the individual achievements that Cal conquered during his playing days makes him one of the game’s most decorated superstars – A Rookie of the Year winner, 2-time MVP, 19-time All-star selection, 8 Silver Slugger awards, and 2 Gold Glove trophies.

As a toke of our love and appreciation for Cal and what he means to the game of baseball, we will be dedicating a full day’s worth of posts to his amazing career!!  Stay tuned all day long…

Happy Birthday to one of the game’s classiest players!!

Cal Ripken Jr. 2013 Topps Archives – 1972 Design

Cal Ripken Jr. 2013 Topps Archives – 1972 Design

Last week I showed off this card as part of a post that showed off the horrible treatment that the 2012 Topps brand gave the Baltimore Orioles.

Of the cards that I featured, there were six in total, my most surprising personal reaction was aimed at the card of Cal Ripken Jr.

First, let me show you the card:


First, I will say that I am happy to see that Topps chose an image for that card of a young Ripken. But beyond that, I cannot find too much to rave about…

The posed portrait is not a good one.  The cropping makes Ripken look extremely large in size.  And I even find the Light Blue & Yellow of the card’s graphic design to be far from exciting.

Overall, this card is far from what I would want out of an Archives brand.  I am guessing that Topps has hundreds, if not thousands, of Ripken images in their vault.  Going with this one makes no sense – and it makes this collector offer up a big, ‘Thumbs Down’…


Cal Ripken 2013 Topps ‘Chasing History’

Cal Ripken 2013 Topps ‘Chasing History’

I’ll have to double-check, but I believe that this is the last card from the 2013 Topps Series 1 ‘Chasing History’ set that I have to show off. 

Ultimately, I was not that impressed with this year’s crop of subsets from the Topps flagship set.  But of them, I think I like ‘Chasing History’ the best.  The theme is solid, it is just that so many of the feats have been accomplished for decades so the word ‘Chasing’ doesn’t feel like a great fit.

The design is great though.  The cards feature sweet, action photography.  And the colors and logos look great.

Here is the card of Hall of Famer and Baltimore Orioles legend Cal Ripken, Jr.


Cal Ripken Jr. 2006 Topps Turkey Red = WORK OF ART!!!

Cal Ripken Jr. 2006 Topps Turkey Red

It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, I just let the card do the talking.

Sit back and enjoy the majesty of Cal Ripken’s card from the 2006 Topps Turkey Red set:


I’ll check back with you in a few hours…

1982 HEADLINE: Cal Ripken Jr. Captures The American League Rookie Of The Year Award

1982 HEADLINE: Cal Ripken Jr. Captures The American League Rookie Of The Year Award

On this day in 1982, Cal Ripken was awarded with the American League’s Rookie of the Year Award.

He collected 24/28 first place votes outdistanced Kent Hrbek of the Twins by a great margin.

His numbers from that impressive debut campaign include – 158 hits, .264 batting average, 32 doubles, 5 triples, 28 home runs, 90 runs scored, 93 RBI, and the start of an amazing hitting streak!!!

Happy Anniversary Cal!!!

Cal Ripken Jr. 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen

Cal Ripken Jr. 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen

I really like this card of Cal Ripken from this new Topps Gypsy Queen release.  The card features a fantastic portrait of Ripken, and it shows that fierce swing of his too.

Have a look:

This got me to thinking, when you hear the name Cal Ripken, what is the first thing you think of?

The streak?  His play at shortstop?  His home runs?  3,000 hits?  Great Guy?

And the list goes on…

For me, I would have to say that I always admired how hard Ripken hit the ball.  I watched him play a lot, and he seemed to always hit the ball hard, and on a line too.  Tons of line drives, tons of ’em!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Lot Of 2 2011 Topps Lineage Cal Ripken Jr. Cards

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Lot Of 2 2011 Topps Lineage Cal Ripken Jr. Cards

I know that the Topps Lineage set was not as well received as Topps would have hoped.  Personally, I really like the set and was happy to find many of my favorite players featured in it multiple times.

And while I no longer ‘need’ any cards from this set for the player collections that I am currently building, that doesn’t mean that I have lost interest in the cards.

And as long as I can find cards like these two that I picked up of Cal Ripken Jr. than I will continue to buy them as I come across them.

Have a look:

I love that many of the guys I like had two versions for the set.  And that All-Star rookie trophy looks sweet!!!

Does anyone know if Topps is bringing this set back in 2012?  I hope so!!!

Cal Ripken Jr. 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen

Cal Ripken Jr. 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen

I don’t actively collect baseball cards of Cal Ripken.  It is not that I don’t want to collect Cal, I just know that the prospect of doing something of that magnitude would require an amount of focus and finance that I am just not ready to commit to just yet.

But, I do want to.  Really, really, want to…

So, I scoop up cards as I can. 

And my latest score of Cal comes from the 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball card set.

Have a look: