Friday, May 13, 2011

1982 Topps, Cal Ripken's Rookie Card

Topps touting Cal Ripken as a 'Future Star' turned out to be an understatement. For Bobby Bonner & Jeff Schneider it was an incredible overstatement. Ripken is labeled as 3rd Base but he actually was a 3B/SS. 

On July 9, 1982 Earl Weaver shifted Cal to shortstop for good. It wasn’t until July 16, 1996 that he played third base again.

About The Card
Ripken really stands alone in many respects so it’s unfortunate that he had to share his rookie card with two players that were completely nondescript. That's one of the reasons that his 1982 Topps Traded card is valued higher than the regular issue plus the perception that the traded set is scarcer. However, there is no evidence to suggest that’s the case. 

This slab will set you back anywhere between $125 - $175 on auctions. It's well worth the investment. It's a lot of fun buying some 1982 Topps wax to bust yourself & find your own gem copy but you'll most likely end up spending the same amount of money.

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