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Auction Prices Realized

In this section, you will find auction prices realized for memorabilia related to Cal's Minor League teams. If you have a link for an auction that is not posted, please feel free to send the link to [email protected] and the information will be posted. In the area of ungraded cards and/or unauthenticated memorabilia, whether the auction price is posted or not will be on a case by case basis.

1980 WBTV Charlotte O's Team Issue Prices Realized

Card Status: SGC 84

Auction: Huggins and Scott

Final Price: $1,400 before commission (15%)

Date of Sale: October 4, 2006

Note: This auction also included the remaining 27 cards of the blue set.

Card Status: BVG (Beckett) 6

Auction: Ebay 120058614068

Final Price: $529.00

Date of Sale: December 5, 2006

Note: This card had the following subgrades: Centering (9.5), Corners (5), Edges (7.5), Surface (8.5)

Card Status: PSA 7

Auction: Ebay 250078450923

Final Price: $1,200

Date of Sale: February 3, 2007

Note: This auction also included the remaining 27 cards of the blue set. The remaining cards were listed as being in NRMT-MT condition.

Card Status: PSA 5

Auction: Huggins and Scott

Final Price: $750 before commission (15%)

Date of Sale: March 8, 2007

Note: This auction only included the Ripken card.

Card Status: Complete WBTV set

Auction: Ebay 110102272837

Final Price: $911.99

Date of Sale: March 18, 2007

Note: Sold as a raw (ungraded) set, all of the cards were listed as being in EX/NM condition.

Card Status: PSA 4

Auction: Ebay 190093419826

Final Price: $625.00

Date of Sale: March 19, 2007

Note: The card had a Buy it Now of $845.00 and was sold as a Best Offer.

Card Status: 1980 WBTV set with 18 signed cards (including Ripken).

Auction: Ebay 270112008242

Final Price: $721.67

Date of Sale: April 26, 2007

Note: This set was sold unauthenticated with a note that the set was signed at a home game in Nashville during the 1980 season. Including the signed card of Cal, this set included the following signed cards: Pensiero, Dan Ramirez, Willie Royster, John Shelby, Don Welchel, Cat Whitfield, Jimmy Williams,Tommy Smith on Larry Anderson card, Buffamoyer, Carey, Denman, Eaton, Fabrizio,Will George, Hazewood, Huppert, Minnie Mendoza.

Card Status: 1980 WBTV set with PSA 7 Ripken

Auction: American Memorabilia

Final Price: $835.00

Date of Sale: September 20, 2007

Card Status: 1980 WBTV set minus 2 cards

Auction: Ebay 180170041590

Final Price: $87.75

Date of Sale: October 22, 2007

Note: This lot included all of the cards of the 1980 WBTV set with the exception of the cards of Cal Ripken, Jr. and Dave Huppert.

Card Status: SGC 84

Auction: Ebay 310023316808

Final Price: $711.09

Date of Sale: February 20, 2008

Card Status: PSA 5

Auction: Ebay 250224596976

Final Price: $600.00

Date of Sale: March 17, 2008

Note: The card was listed with a Buy it Now of $875 and was sold as a Best Offer.

Card Status: PSA 8

Auction: Huggins and Scott April 2008

Final Price: $1,700 ($1,955 after 15% commission)

Date of Sale: April 2008

Card Status: PSA 8

Auction: Ebay 170244569900

Final Price: $1,933.00

Date of Sale: August 3, 2008

Note: This card had the new flip PSA switched to in January 2008.

Card Status: 1980 WBTV set with 18 signed cards (including Ripken).

Auction: Ebay 260311512868

Final Price: $1,825.00

Date of Sale: November 17, 2008

Note: This was the same lot of cards that sold on April 26, 2007, for $721.67 (Ebay 270112008242). In this auction, all of the signed cards had been authenticated by JSA and were in BGS slabs. To view the signed cards from the auction, visit our link at http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/dovey1980charlotteset.htm

Card Status: Signed 1980 WBTV Ripken graded BGS 8 with autograph grade of 8

Auction: Ebay 290285787902

Final Price: $2,551.09

Date of Sale: January 4, 2009

Card Status: 1980 WBTV set with 14 signed cards (including Ripken).

Auction: Ebay 290331801757

Final Price: $2,425.00

Date of Sale: July 22,2009

Note: The cards in this lot were signed the night of the WBTV set giveaway. This was the same lot of cards featured in an interview with Clark Groce. To read the interview about the cards, please visit http://www.ripkenintheminors.com/intclarkgroce.htm

Card Status: PSA 8

Auction: Ebay 350229004543

Final Price: $1,500.00

Date of Sale: July 26,2009

Note: The auction included the remaining cards in the set.

Card Status: PSA 8

Auction: Huggins and Scott December 2009

Final Price: $2,400 ($2,760 after 15% commission)

Date of Sale: December 9, 2009

Note: This card had the new flip PSA switched to in January 2008.

Card Status: Signed 1980 WBTV Ripken graded BGS 8 with autograph grade of 8

Auction: Ebay 220523160030

Final Price: $3,500

Date of Sale: December 9, 2009

Note: The card was listed with a $5,000 Buy it Now and sold as a Best Offer. The seller stated that his aunt had the card signed by Cal the night the WBTV set was given away at Crockett Park on May 30, 1980.

Card Status: Raw

Auction: Ebay 120694959866

Final Price: $405.01

Date of Sale: March 14, 2011

1980 Charlotte O's Cal Ripken Jr Police Prices Realized

Card Status: SGC 80

Auction: Huggins and Scott

Final Price: $2,300 before commission (15%)

Date of Sale: October 4, 2006

Card Status: PSA 5

Auction: Ebay 180015498373

Final Price: $2,025.01

Date of Sale: August 13, 2006

Card Status: PSA 6 (MK Designation)

Auction: Ebay 180019104784

Final Price: $1,236.00

Date of Sale: August 23, 2006

Card Status: PSA 5 (MK Designation)

Auction: Ebay 180028833159

Final Price: $722.00

Date of Sale: September 21, 2006

Card Status: PSA 6

Auction: American Memorabilia

Final Price: $2,167.00

Date of Sale: September 20,2007

Card Status: Raw

Auction: Sold outside auction houses

Final Price: $2,650.00

Date of Sale: June 2009

Notes: The card was eventually graded as a BGS 5.5

Card Status: PSA 4

Auction: Ebay Buy It Now

Final Price: $2,495

Date of Sale: September 26, 2012

Card Status: PSA 3

Auction: Ebay Buy It Now

Final Price: $2,000

Date of Sale: January 16, 2013

Card Status: PSA 2

Auction: Ebay Auction 111094972988

Final Price: $2,495

Date of Sale: June 11, 2013

Card Status: PSA 5

Auction: Ebay Buy It Now

Final Price: $6,500

Date of Sale: June 29, 2013

Notes: The card included 17 singles from the 1980 Charlotte O's Police set.

Card Status: PSA 6

Auction: Sold outside auction houses

Final Price: Unknown

Date of Sale: July 1, 2013

Notes: The card was originally listed as a Buy It Now for $29,999.99. The card received 4 offers before being pulled to be sold privately. The card is the same card sold by American Memorabilia in 2007.

Card Status: PSA 4

Auction: Huggins and Scott

Final Price: $11,850 (after commission)

Date of Sale: October 11, 2013

Notes: The first Ripken Police card to break the $10,000 mark.

Card Status: PSA 5

Auction: Ebay 281223026048

Final Price: $15,000

Date of Sale: December 14, 2013

Card Status: BVG 8

Auction: Huggins and Scott

Final Price: $22,515 (after commission)

Date of Sale: February 14, 2014

Notes: The February 2014 Huggins and Scott auction featured an entire 1980 Charlotte O's Police set. The set was broken down in three auction lots: 1) Ripken, 2) Pepper Girls (PSA 7) and 3) The remaining 23 cards. 

Card Status: PSA 2

Auction: Ebay 380851075601

Final Price: $6,100

Date of Sale: March 6, 2014

Card Status: PSA 5

Auction: Ebay 380866434854

Final Price: $12,300

Date of Sale: March 25, 2014

Card Status: PSA 4

Auction: Small Tradtions April 2014 Spring Premium Auction Lot #3

Final Price: $13,479.15 (after commission)

Date of Sale: May 4, 2014

Card Status: BVG 4.5

Auction: Huggins & Scott

Final Price: $7,110.00 (after commission)

Date of Sale: October 10, 2014

Card Status: PSA 5

Auction: Ebay 381030735655

Final Price: $11,600.00

Date of Sale: October 30, 2014

Card Status: BVG 8

Auction: Ebay 281487612811

Final Price: $20,000 (Best Offer Accepted)

Date of Sale: December 13, 2014

Notes: This was the same card sold (BVG serial number 0007167119) in February 2014 by Huggins and Scott.

Card Status: PSA 4

Auction: Huggins and Scott

Final Price: $5,078.75 (after commission)

Date of Sale: April 9, 2015

Notes: The April 2015 Huggins and Scott auction featured 24 of 25 cards of the 1980 Charlotte O's Police set. The set was broken down in two auction lots: 1) Ripken, 2) 23 card lot (missing the Pepper Girls) that sold for $507.88 after commission.

1980 Charlotte O's Police Singles/Lots Prices Realized

Card Status: Lot of 20 singles with no duplicates

Auction: Ebay 180025202787

Final Price: $263.88

Date of Sale: September 11, 2006

Notes: Cards included in this lot were as follows: Edwin Neal, Minnie Mendoza, Jimmy Williams, Luis Quintana, Tommy Eaton, Tommy Smith, Drungo Hazewood, Cat Whitfield, John Shelby, Jose Gonzales, Russ Pensiero, Larry Anderson, Billy Presley, John Buffamoyer, Don Welchel, Doc Cole, Willie Royster, Dan Ramirez, John Denman and Brooks Carey

Card Status: Lot of 17 singles with no duplicates

Auction: Ebay 180031032137

Final Price: $250.18

Date of Sale: September 27, 2006

Notes: Cards in this lot were as follows: Drungo Hazewood, Don Welchel, Tommy Eaton, Willie Royster, Minne Mendoza, Doc Cole, Tommy Smith, Jimmy Williams, Cat Whitfield, Jose Gonzales, Edwin Neal, Brooks Carey, John Buffamoyer, Larry Anderson, Russ Pensiero, Billy Presley and Luis Quintana.

Card Status: PSA 7 Pepper Girls

Auction: Huggins and Scott

Final Price: $1,659.00 (including commission)

Date of Sale: February 13, 2014

Notes: The February 2014 Huggins and Scott auction featured a complete 1980 Charlotte O's Police set. The set was sold in three lots: 1) BVG 8 Ripken ($22,515.00), 2) PSA 7 Pepper Girls ($1,659.00), and 3) The remaining 23 cards ($1,540.50). Combined, the set sold for $25,714.50.

Card Status: 23 card lot

Auction: Huggins and Scott

Final Price: $1,540.50 (including commission)

Date of Sale: February 13, 2014

Notes: The February 2014 Huggins and Scott auction featured a complete 1980 Charlotte O's Police set. The set was sold in three lots: 1) BVG 8 Ripken ($22,515.00), 2) PSA 7 Pepper Girls ($1,659.00), and 3) The remaining 23 cards ($1,540.50). Combined, the set sold for $25,714.50

Card Status: 24 card lot (Including a PSA 5 Ripken)

Auction: Ebay 271561745024

Final Price: $10,200.00

Date of Sale: August 7, 2014

Notes: This lot featured the 23 card lot from the February 2014 Huggins and Scott auction and a PSA 5 Ripken. This lot featured 24 of the 25 cards from the 1980 Charlotte O's Police set (missing the Pepper Girls). The 23 cards featured the following grades: Billy Presley NM 7, Brooks Carey NM/MT 8, Cat Whitfield NM+ 7.5, Dan Ramirez VG/EX 4, Dave Huppert NM 7, Doc Cole EX 5, Don Welchel EX/MT 6, Drungo Hazewood VG/EX 4, Edwin Neal EX 5, Jimmy Williams EX 5, John Buffamoyer EX/MT 6, John Denman VG/EX 4, John Shelby EX 5, Jose Gonzales EX/MT 6, Kurt Fabrizio NM/MT 8, Larry Anderson NM 7, Luis Quintana EX/MT 6, Minnie Mendoza EX/MT 6, Russ Pensiero NM 7, Tommy Eaton EX/MT 6, Tommy Smith NM 7, Will George NM/MT 8, Willie Royster NM/MT 8

1981 TCMA Rochester Red Wings Prices Realized

Card Status: SGC 88 Rochester TCMA Ripken & SGC 88 WTF Ripken

Auction: Huggins and Scott

Final Price: $700 before commission (15%)

Date of Sale: October 4, 2006

Notes: The $700 sale price was for both Ripken cards and the rest of the team sets.

Card Status: BGS 9 Rochester TCMA Ripken

Auction: Ebay 170043075125

Final Price: $349 (Auction ended through Buy it Now)

Date of Sale: October 25, 2006

Notes: Qualifiers on the card were as follows: Centering (9), Corners (9), Edges (9.5) and Surface (9)

Card Status: BGS 9.5 Rochester TCMA Ripken

Auction: Ebay 180047988149

Final Price: $800 (Auction had a $1,000 Buy it Now but was closed on a Best Offer of $800)

Date of Sale: November 12, 2006

Notes: All qualifiers on the card were a 9.5

Card Status: BGS 9.5 Rochester TCMA Ripken

Auction: Ebay 220049558491

Final Price: $550 (Auction Ended through Buy it Now)

Date of Sale: November 15, 2006

Card Status: PSA 7 Rochester TCMA Ripken

Auction: Ebay 130046461351

Final Price: $210.50

Date of Sale: November 17, 2006

Card Status: PSA 9 Rochester TCMA Ripken

Auction: Ebay 290057147244

Final Price: $230.50

Date of Sale: December 5, 2006

Card Status: GAI 8.5 Rochester TCMA Ripken

Auction: Ebay 180058624266

Final Price: $142.83

Date of Sale: December 11, 2006

Card Status: SGC 80 Rochester TCMA Ripken

Auction: Ebay 120062453797

Final Price: $117.51

Date of Sale: December 14, 2006

Card Status: BGS 9.5 Rochester TCMA Ripken

Auction: Ebay 180047988149

Final Price: $950 (Auction had a $1,119.99 Buy it Now but was closed on a Best Offer of $950)

Date of Sale: December 26, 2006

Notes: All qualifiers on the card were a 9.5

Card Status: PSA 9 Rochester TCMA Ripken

Auction: Ebay 180066294817

Final Price: $208.50

Date of Sale: December 27, 2006

Card Status: PSA 9 Rochester TCMA Ripken

Auction: Ebay 190072974527

Final Price: $225.01

Date of Sale: January 22, 2007

Card Status: BGS 9 Rochester TCMA Ripken

Auction: Ebay 110081347191

Final Price: $322.80 (Auction had a $499.99 Buy it Now but was sold on the Best Offer)

Date of Sale: January 28, 2007

Notes: Qualifiers on the card were as follows: 9, 9, 9, 8.5

Card Status: BGS 9 Rochester TCMA Ripken

Auction: Ebay 260081613605

Final Price: $250.00 (Auction had a $500.00 Buy it Now but was sold on the Best Offer)

Date of Sale: January 30, 2007

Card Status: PSA 10 Rochester TCMA Ripken

Auction: Ebay 150096756288

Final Price: $499.00

Date of Sale: March 4, 2007

Card Status: BGS 8.5 Rochester TCMA Ripken

Auction: Ebay 250091028675

Final Price: $299.95

Date of Sale: March 5, 2007

Card Status: BGS 9.5 Rochester TCMA Ripken

Auction: Ebay 110102273078

Final Price: $660.00

Date of Sale: March 18, 2007

Notes: 3 of the 4 subgrades were a 9.5 with centering receiving a 9

Card Status: BGS 9.5 Rochester TCMA Ripken

Auction: Ebay 110102273078

Final Price: $660.00

Date of Sale: March 18, 2007

Notes: 3 of the 4 subgrades were a 9.5 with centering receiving a 9

Card Status: BGS 9 Rochester TCMA Ripken

Auction: Ebay 180105022072

Final Price: $350.00 (Sold as Buy it Now)

Date of Sale: April 8, 2007

Notes: All subgrades were a 9

Card Status: PSA 9 Rochester TCMA Ripken

Auction: Ebay 270110543158

Final Price: $287.00

Date of Sale: April 22, 2007

Card Status: PSA 9 Rochester TCMA Ripken

Auction: Ebay 120110667212

Final Price: $203.50

Date of Sale: April 25, 2007

Card Status: PSA 6 Rochester TCMA Ripken

Auction: Ebay 220106269089

Final Price: $65.27

Date of Sale: May 1, 2007

Card Status: PSA 10 Rochester TCMA Ripken

Auction: Ebay 330149499102

Final Price: $561.06

Date of Sale: July 29, 2007

Card Status: PSA 10 Rochester TCMA Ripken

Auction: Ebay 320139131628

Final Price: $557.69

Date of Sale: July 29, 2007

1981 WTF Rochester Red Wings Prices Realized

Card Status: PSA 7

Auction: Ebay 190031551323

Final Price: $182.50

Date of Sale: October 3, 2006

Card Status: SGC 88 WTF Ripken & SGC 88 Rochester TCMA Ripken

Auction: Huggins and Scott

Final Price: $700 before commission (15%)

Date of Sale: October 4, 2006

Notes: The $700 sale price was for both Ripken cards and the rest of the team sets.

Card Status: PSA 6

Auction: Ebay 280059889873

Final Price: $213.61

Date of Sale: December 18, 2006

Card Status: BGS 7.5

Auction: Ebay 180066294831

Final Price: $202.50

Date of Sale: December 27, 2006

Notes: The card had the following subgrades: Centering (9), Corners (7), Edges (8.5), Surface (8)

Card Status: PSA 9

Auction: Ebay 110102273191

Final Price: $1,924.00

Date of Sale: March 18, 2007

Card Status: PSA 7

Auction: Ebay 160102419174

Final Price: $270.00

Date of Sale: April 8, 2007

Card Status: PSA 9

Auction: Ebay 220106272908

Final Price: $294.99

Date of Sale: May 1, 2007

Card Status: Team Set with PSA 8 Ripken

Auction: American Memorabilia

Final Price: $261.00

Date of Sale: September 20, 2007

Card Status: Ungraded Checklist Card #20

Auction: Ebay 170158643437

Final Price: $30.99

Date of Sale: October 20, 2007

Card Status: Ungraded Checklist Card #20

Auction: Ebay 180169133090

Final Price: $35.00

Date of Sale: October 22, 2007

Card Status: Non-Ripken WTF card set (23 cards)

Auction: Ebay 170161032469

Final Price: $54.00

Date of Sale: October 27, 2007

Notes: This lot of cards included the complete set with the exception of the two Ripken related cards.

Card Status: PSA 7

Auction: Ebay 250221232887

Final Price: $137.50

Date of Sale: March 6, 2008

Card Status: PSA 9

Auction: Ebay 160213542095

Final Price: $515.00

Date of Sale: March 6, 2008

Card Status: SGC 98 (Gem Mint)

Auction: Ebay 180244735014

Final Price: $1,852.00

Date of Sale: March 29, 2008

Card Status: Uncut sheet of WTF cards

Auction: Ebay 200237957221

Final Price: $455.00

Date of Sale: July 16, 2008

Notes: The seller of the sheet claimed to be the publisher of the WTF cards. RITM did not attempt to contact Stephen Kozel to confirm that he was the seller of the sheet.

Card Status: BGS 6

Auction: Ebay 360110636792

Final Price: $152.50

Date of Sale: December 7, 2008

Card Status: Raw

Auction: Ebay 280615086031

Final Price: $207.50

Date of Sale: January 18, 2011

Card Status: Uncut sheet of WTF cards

Auction: Huggins and Scott

Final Price: $425.00 ($499.38 after commission)

Date of Sale: October 11, 2012

Notes: sheet did not include a COA.

Card Status: Uncut sheet of WTF cards

Auction: Huggins and Scott

Final Price: $275.00 ($323.12 after commission)

Date of Sale: June 13, 2013

Notes: sheet did not include a COA.

Card Status: Uncut sheet of WTF cards

Auction: Ebay Best Offer

Final Price: $500.00

Date of Sale: June 30, 2013

Notes: The sheet did not include a COA. 

Additional Memorabilia Prices Realized

Item Status: 1981 Rochester Red Wings Game Used Team Signed Baseball

Auction: Leland's December 2004 Auction Lot 860

Final Price: $707.38 ($831.17 after buyer's premium)

Notes: Cal's signature was one of 25 signatures on the International League baseball. The auction listed the signatures as being a 9 overall on the "EX-MT and unblemished" baseball.

Item Status: 1981 Rochester Red Wings Game Used Team Signed Baseball

Auction: Leland's June 2005 Auction Lot 1447

Final Price: $863.06 ($1,014.10 after buyer's premium)

Notes: Cal's signature was one of 23 signatures on the ball.

Item Status: 1980 Charlotte O's Souvenir Program

Auction: Ebay 150044226151

Final Price: $105.45

Date of Sale: October 15, 2006

Notes: The program was listed as being in excellent condition by the seller who personally received the program at an O's game in 1980. The listing stated that there was a slight tear on one of the pages and some writing on the back of the program.

Item Status: 1981 Charlotte O's Souvenir Program

Auction: Ebay 150051082771

Final Price: $101.00

Date of Sale: November 1, 2006

Notes: This program was sold by the seller of the 1980 program listed above. The listing stated that the program was in excellent condition with sharp corners on the program. The only problem mentioned was a small wrinkle on the back cover.

Item Status: 1980's Charlotte O's game used cap

Auction: Ebay 180170041523

Final Price: $79.00

Date of Sale: October 22, 2007

Notes: The 7 3/8 cap was in outstanding condition and featured an autograph of Cal Ripken, Jr. on the bill of the cap. The name "JOE K" was written inside the cap. The cap was sold on behalf of someone that worked for the O's organization.

Item Status: Cal Ripken, Jr., 1981 Rochester road uniform

Auction: Robert Edwards Auctions Lot 1232

Final Price: $9,000

Date of Sale: May 3, 2009

Item Status: "The Longest Game" full ticket stub from April 18, 1981

Auction: Ebay 360165575116

Final Price: $350.00 (Auction ended as Best Offer)

Date of Sale: July 2, 2009

Notes: This ticket was slabbed authentic by PSA and given an "8" grade. At the time of the sale only 2 full tickets had received the "8" designation with no higher grades.

Item Status: 1981 Charlotte O's Souvenir Program

Auction: Ebay 350229017832

Final Price: $13.59

Date of Sale: July 26, 2009

Item Status: 1978 Bluefield Orioles Scorecard (Black & White)

Auction: Ebay 320515747717

Final Price: $45.44

Date of Sale: April 18, 2010

Item Status: April 18, 1981, "Longest Game" ripped ticket stub

Auction: Ebay Buy It Now

Final Price: $2,100

Date of Sale: January 18, 2013

Robert Edward Auctions presents Cal's 1981 Rochester road uniform

On May 3, 2009, Lot 1232 concluded for Cal Ripken Jr's 1981 Rochester Red Wings road uniform. The final bid was in the amount of $9,000. Below is the item description. For more information about REA, please visit http://www.robertedwardauctions.com/index.html

Rare and historically significant 1981 Rochester Red Wings road jersey worn by Cal Ripken Jr. during his final season in the minor leagues. Graded A10 by MEARS. While we cannot be certain, we believe this may be the earliest surviving Cal Ripken Jr. professional baseball jersey known to exist, as we have never seen or heard of an earlier example. If it's not, it's close! (Ripken only played four years in the minor leagues.) This jersey originates from a gentleman named Phil Tellgren, a longtime employee of the Rochester Red Wings, who was the team's visiting clubhouse manager in 1981. Accompanying the jersey is a letter from Tellgren detailing the jersey's history, as well as a separate one-page letter from the Rochester Red Wings, typed on official team stationery and signed by Wendy Morrissette, Director of Merchandising, confirming the fact that Tellgren "purchased an authentic Cal Ripken Rochester Red Wings Jersey during the 1981 season." In addition to the two letters, Tellgren has provided numerous other materials, including team photos, media guides, and copies of his league and press passes that corroborate his years of employment with the Red Wings.

The gray knit jersey is lettered "Rochester" across the front and features the number "5" (Ripken's uniform number while with Rochester) on both the left breast and the reverse. All letters and numbers are appliquéd in blue on white tackle twill. 

Both a "Wilson 42" label and a "Jim Dalberth Sporting Goods" tag (local Rochester retailer) appear in the collar. The jersey is all original, with no alterations, and, as stated by MEARS in its accompanying letter, "exhibits optimal, perfect game wear." Furthermore, MEARS states that the jersey style has been photo matched to a 1981 minor-league baseball card of Cal Ripken Jr. picturing him as a member of the Rochester Red Wings. Included with the jersey are a pair of matching gray knit pants that were also obtained (at a later date) from Tellgren, and which are accompanied by a separate notarized letter from him. Located in the waistband of the pants are a "79" year tag, a "Wilson 34" label and a "Jim Dalberth Sporting Goods" tag. As noted in Tellgren's letter, these pants were issued in 1979, but as is the practice in the minor leagues, the pants were also used in subsequent seasons. Written in black laundry pen on the interior pocket is "Rip 5" along with two other crossed out numbers (jersey numbers of players who previously wore the pants; supporting the fact that these pants were worn by different players over the course of several seasons). The pants are all original, with no alterations, and display moderate wear, including light soiling on both legs. Tellgren states in his letter that players normally received three pairs of pants during the season, two for game use and one for batting practice. The batting practice pants were always the oldest and were normally heavily worn with many team repairs. The fact the offered pants are in good condition indicates that they were almost certainly a pair of Ripken's gamers during the 1981 season.

1981 was Ripken's only season with the Rochester Red Wings, Baltimore's Triple-A affiliate. Although he was just three years removed from high school, Ripken was the Orioles' number-one prospect and it did not take him long to impress Red Wings manager Doc Edwards. On April 21, following a game in which Ripken hit three home runs, Edwards returned to his office and sent a note to the Orioles brass. It simply read "Can't miss." Edwards obviously knew talent, as Ripken led the team in nearly every offensive category that summer including batting average (.288), home runs (23), and RBI (75). In a foreshadowing of things to come, Ripken also played in all 114 games for the Red Wings before being called up to the Orioles on August 8th. The memory of that day remains one of Ripken's most vivid memories. As he later recalled, "It was 2 a.m., and we'd just gotten off the bus from a game in Syracuse. Doc called me into his office and said, 'You're going up.' I said, See you later.'" When asked about that moment, years later, Edwards remembered it exactly as Ripken had, adding, "I knew he wouldn't be back." Edwards, of course, was right, as Ripken embarked on one of the greatest Major League careers in baseball history. A perennial All-Star for twenty-one seasons with the Orioles, Ripken is best remembered today for breaking in 1995 Lou Gehrig's long-standing record of consecutive games played. He is also one of only 27 players to have reached the 3,000 hit plateau and his 431 lifetime home runs ranks him among the top 50 all-time. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2007 in his first year of eligibility. The jersey is graded A10 by MEARS. This is the only Cal Ripken Jr. minor league jersey and one of only ten gradable Cal Ripken Jr. jerseys listed in the MEARS census. It is also one of only four to merit a grade of A10. This is both an exceptional and extremely historic jersey dating from Ripken's final minor league season. LOA from Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open).

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