Monday, March 26, 2012

#30 - Cal Ripken

What a card: Through the first 30 cards in the set, this is the most expensive. At most, you'll pay $2.50 for an '85 Topps Cal Ripken. But you should be able to find it for mere pennies.

My observation on the front: This is a nice-looking, nicely balanced action card. Pulling a Ripken card from a pack at this point was still a huge thrill -- three years removed from his rookie card. That's what I think of when I see this card.

More opinion from me: Is Ripken playing against the Expos? It's difficult to tell.

Something you might know: Ripken entered the Hall of Fame with the third highest percentage in history (98.53%). I can't fathom how someone would not vote for him.

Something you might not know: Ripken's son, Ryan, committed this past fall to play college baseball for South Carolina.

My observation on the back: Interestingly, Babe Ruth League baseball changed the name of its largest division (age 4-12) from "Bambino" to "Cal Ripken Baseball."

The blog wants to speak now: Just a quick update of the Ballgames tab. I'm getting a little tired of all the basketball highlights. It'll be a lot more fun when I get to the spring and summer months and baseball begins.


jacobmrley said...

Not to pick nits, but OK, I will...The trivia question was incorrect as of that year. Willie Hernandez also won Cy Young and MVP in 1984, perhaps they had the question completed before the awards were announced?

night owl said...

I'm guessing that's it (much like some write-ups in the '70s would not mention the most previous season but the one before that).

Either that or they left out "N.L." before the word "relief".