Buying a Cal Ripken rookie card means possessing a piece of history for one of the best professional ball players in history. Considering the great accomplishments of this player, it is somewhat surprising that his cards are still easy to find and affordable. The 1982 Topps Cal Ripken rookie card, graded PSA 9 goes for around $80. Known as the “Iron Man”, Ripken started playing professionally with the Baltimore Orioles, a team he stayed with until retirement in 2001. Although he was known for many things, the one that stands out is breaking Lou Gehrig’s record for the number of games played consecutively, 2,216 in all broken against the Kansas City Royals. Ripken also tied Gehrig’s record for home runs, he was a 19-time All Star, member of the 3000 Hit Club, a multi-recipient of the Gold Glove Award and Silver Slugger Award, and without doubt one of the most inspirational third basemen and shortstops of all times. In 2007, Carl Ripken, Jr. was inducted into the National Baseball Hal of Fame, being the first ballot inductee with a 98.3% voting percentage, the third highest ever behind Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan.
There are many different Cal Ripken Jr. baseball cards that are worth buying. The most expensive Cal Ripken Jr. baseball cards are his rookie cards. Autograph Cal Ripken cards are also great investments if you can find them at the right prices. Topps and Upper Deck randomly inserted more than a few Cal Ripken autograph cards over the years in which are quite valuable. Here is a list of the best Cal Ripken baseball cards and rookie cards.
Best Cal Ripken Jr. Baseball Cards
1982 Donruss #405 Cal Ripken rookie card
1982 Donruss #579 Cal Ripken Sr. rookie card
1982 Fleer #176 Cal Ripken rookie card
1982 Topps #21 Cal Ripken rookie card
1982 Topps Traded #98T Cal Ripken rookie card
1983 Donruss #279 Cal Ripken baseball card
1983 Fleer #70 Cal Ripken baseball card
1983 Topps #163 Cal Ripken baseball card
1984 Donruss #106 Cal Ripken baseball card
1984 Fleer #17 Cal Ripken baseball card
1984 Topps #400 Cal Ripken AS baseball card
1984 Topps #426 Orioles TL -Cal Ripken/Mike Boddicker baseball card
1984 Topps #490 Cal Ripken baseball card