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It was Sept. 6, 1995 when Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. broke the seemingly unbreakable record held by Lou Gehrig – to play in more than 2,130 consecutive games.
On that day 22 years ago, Ripken Jr. played his 2,131st game and cemented his legacy as “The Iron Man.”
He did more than that when his 21-year career was all said and done. Ripken Jr. was a 19-time All-Star, had 3,184 career hits, 431 home runs, and 1,695 RBIs.
During his era of sports card collecting, there were no autographed rookie cards readily available. He did have, however, a couple of notable ones and those graded highly have a lot of value.
That includes the 1982 Topps Traded rookie card, which for a PSA Graded 10 is going for $2,225 (click link to see eBay posting).
The 1982 Topps card, which features two lesser players, is more affordable costing $795.
With how the game is played today with star players given rest on occasional games, it doesn’t seem likely that any player will be able to break Ripken Jr.’s record, let alone come close to the stats he put up over his career.