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.