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Ten Valuable Cal Ripken Jr. Baseball Collectibles

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Cal Ripken Jr. made his major league debut with the Baltimore Orioles on August 10, 1981. Valuable Cal Ripken Jr. baseball collectibles include Topps and Donruss rookie cards, Starline promotional broadsides, signed balls, Aberdeen High School yearbooks,

Cal Ripken Jr. (1960-) is the undisputed Iron Man of baseball, having appeared in 2,632 consecutive games – a major league record. Ripken played his entire 1981-2001 big league career with the Baltimore Orioles, where he amassed 3,184 hits, 431 home runs, 1,695 RBI and a .276 batting average. A two-time American League Most Valuable Player (1983, 1991), Cal Ripken Jr. was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007 after being named on 98.53% of the voting ballots. 

Here are ten valuable Cal Ripken Jr. baseball collectibles that are sure to interest Orioles fans and sports memorabilia buffs. Now taking the field once again #8 baseball's vaunted Iron Man himself Cal Ripken Jr....

Cal Ripken Jr. 1997 Autographed The Only Way I Know Hardcover Book

In 1997 The Only Way I Know by Cal Ripken Jr. and Mike Bryan was published by Viking. A first edition of that book still in its dust jacket and signed by Ripken on the cover page sold at auction for $101.58.

Cal Ripken signed The Only Way I Know book $101.58

Cal Ripken Jr. 1982 Topps Traded Rookie Card

Card #98T in the 1982 Topps Traded baseball set constitutes one of Cal Ripken Jr.'s rookie cards. One example in graded PSA near mint-mint 8 condition brought $131.45 at auction.

Cal Ripken Jr. 1982 Topps Traded card $131.45

Cal Ripken Jr. Lot of Eight 1982 Rookie Cards

A lot of eight 1982 Cal Ripken Jr. rookie cards – four Donruss #405 and four Topps #21 – in near mint condition sold at auction for $101.58.

Cal Ripken Jr. lot of eight Donruss/Topps rookie cards $101.58

Cal Ripken Jr. Single Signed Baseball

A baseball autographed by Cal Ripken Jr. on the sweet spot and graded/certified by PSA/DNA in gem mint 10 condition brought $113.53 at auction.

Cal Ripken Jr. 1987 Autographed Oversized Broadside

A circa 1987 Starline oversized broadside (22x34-inches) signed by Cal Ripken Jr. in blue sharpie sold at auction for $168. This item was probably displayed at sporting good stores.

Cal Ripken Jr. signed promotional broadside $168

Cal Ripken Jr. 1983 Topps Baseball Card

Card #163 Cal Ripken Jr. is featured in the 1983 Topps baseball issue. One graded example in Beckett 9.5 gem mint condition sold at auction for $71.70.

Cal Ripken Jr. 1983 Topps card $71.70

Cal Ripken Jr. Signed Limited Edition Cel

Illustrator Sam Viviano expertly captured Cal Ripken Jr. in a limited edition cel series of 250. Cel #246 – signed by both Viviano and Ripken – brought $145.79 at auction.

Cal Ripken Jr. signed limited edition cartoon cel $145.79

Cal Ripken Jr. Signed 2,131 Baseball

On September 6, 1995, Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig's 56-year-old record when he appeared in his 2,131st consecutive game. A special baseball commemorating that event signed by Ripken brought $71.70 at auction.

Cal Ripken Jr. 2006 Autographed Parenting Young Athletes The Ripken Way Hardcover Book

In 2006 Gotham Books published Parenting Young Athletes The Ripken Way by Cal Ripken Jr. with Rick Wolff. A signed copy by Ripken sold at auction for $42.

Cal Ripken Jr. signed Parenting Young Athletes the Ripken Way book $42

Cal Ripken Jr. 1978 Aberdeen High School Yearbook

Cal Ripken Jr. was an outstanding athlete for the Eagles at Aberdeen (Maryland) High School where he was a star pitcher on the baseball team and the leading scorer on the soccer team. Cal's 1978 senior yearbook Arrivederci is valued at approximately $800. It was a nice effort by the Arrivederci yearbook staff, despite misspelling Cal's last name as "Ripkin" several times!

Cal Ripken Jr. Sports Memorabilia Credits & Top Image

  • All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas, Texas
  • Top image: Cal Ripken Jr. autographed Baltimore Orioles batting helmet $77.68

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