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Cal Ripken Jr. and his top 3 rookie cards

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Nicknamed the “Iron Man” for playing 2,632 consecutive games, Cal Ripken Jr. is a one-of-a-kind player.

Not only for his career longevity, which in itself is quite the accomplishment, but Ripken had the stats to back up his Hall of Fame career including 19 All-Star appearance in his 21 years in the big leagues.

It’s no wonder that despite his rookie card coming in the early 1980s, the ones with a high graded value can be worth quite a bit. Here’s three that we like in particular.

1982 Topps Traded #98T

Despite the Topps Traded card not technically being Ripken’s rookie card, it is treated as such by many collectors since his 1982 Topps card is shared with two lesser players.

This card was also distributed only in the traded sets in 1982, making it scarce to begin with. And the traded sets themselves weren’t produced en masse, making this Ripken card even more rare.

That’ll do wonders for the card’s value, which is currently being sold for more than $2,000 in Gem Mint condition.

1982 Topps Traded CAL RIPKEN JR #98T RC Rookie Signed Autograph PSA/DNA 10 Auto

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1982 Topps Traded Baseball #98T Cal Ripken Jr. - PSA 9 Mint

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1982 Topps Cal Ripken #98T PSA 9 MINT CENTERED Great Eye Appeal

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1982 Topps Traded Cal Ripken Jr. #98T PSA 9 MINT

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1982 Topps Traded #98T Cal Ripken Jr. PSA GEM MINT 10 *7747

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1982 Topps #21
There’s a much more abundant supply of this rookie card that makes it less valuable than the aforementioned Topps Traded card. But it’s hard to find in great condition.

It is also a multi-player “Future Stars” card.

Nevertheless, with Ripken at the centre, this card still holds its value well.

Cal Ripken Jr. HOF 1982 Topps Signed Autograph Auto RC Rookie Card 21 82 ROY PSA

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1982 TOPPS #21 CAL RIPKEN JR. RC ORIOLES HOF PSA 9 DNA AUTO 10 B1015498-354

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1982 Topps Traded Complete Set w/ Cal Ripken Jr. PSA 9 Orioles Ripken

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1982 Donruss #405

A nice clean looking portrait card that is affordable for many collectors to add to their collection.

The Donruss version also has the same issue as the other rookie cards of that era – many were poorly cut and therefore off-centred.

But unlike the other two, a PSA Graded 10 card is still within more collectors’ price range.

1982 Donruss #405 Cal Ripken JR. PSA 9 Mint

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1982 Donruss Baseball Orioles Cal Ripken, Jr. HOF RC Card #405 PSA 9 MINT (2958)

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1982 Donruss Baseball Complete 660 Set & Puzzle Mint Cal Ripken Jr RC PSA 9 MINT

$249.12  
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