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Lot # 100: Call Ripken Family-Signed Baseball by Six Members (PSA)

Starting Bid: $100.00

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Item was in Auction "2024 Winter Pop-Up",
which ran from 1/14/2024 7:00 PM to
1/28/2024 10:00 PM

Cal Ripken Jr. came from the family of a baseball lifer, Cal Ripken Sr. and his wife, Violet "Vi" Ripken. Cal Ripken Jr. has three siblings: brothers Billy and Fred and sister Ellen. So, it is only fitting that an appropriate Ripken offering is a signed baseball with not only Cal Junior's signature, but all six of the signatures of the nuclear family in which the Hall of Famer grew up. Cal Junior played 21 years in the Major Leagues, all for the Baltimore Orioles. The Hall of Famer (mostly a shortstop) is best noted for holding the Major League record for consecutive games played. Lou Gehrig had held the Major league consecutive game record for 56 years, at 2,130 games. Ripken set the all-time mark at 2,632 games. He hit .276 lifetime, with 431 home runs. The 19-time All-Star was a 2-time American League MVP, and an 8-time Silver Slugger. Ripken was also the AL 1981 Rookie of the Year, a 2-time Gold Glove winner and a key part of the 1983 Orioles World Championship. Cal's younger brother, second baseman Billy Ripken, played 12 Major League seasons, seven of them for the Orioles. Billy was a fine defensive player who batted .247 for his career. When the Ripken brothers played at shortstop and second base for the Orioles, they became the fourth ever double-play combination in Major League history. Cal Ripken Sr. was in the Baltimore Orioles' organization for 36 years, as a player, manager, coach and instructor. He played in the Orioles' minor league system, and then managed for 13 seasons in the Orioles' farm system, and he later served in many roles, including being a Major League coach with Baltimore. In 1987, Cal Ripken Sr became the manager of the Baltimore Orioles, and on July 11th that year Billy Ripen played in a game with Cal Junior, and Cal Senior became the first Major League manager to simultaneously manage two sons in a game. Cal Junior signed on a side panel in blue ink from a ballpoint pen. Cal Junior's parents signed on the sweet spot, both in blue ink from a ballpoint pen, Cal Junior's siblings, Billy, Ellen (signing as Elly), and Fred signed together on another side panel in blue ink from a ballpoint pen. The Rawlings Official American League Ball (Bobby Brown) is toned, but in otherwise excellent condition, and it is not game used. To possess a signed ball by baseball's "Iron Man" and also signed by the other members of his family. a special "baseball family," is a rare opportunity. The signed ball comes with a PSA LOA.

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