The latest entrant into the sports memorabilia auction business is none other than Cal Ripken Jr. The HOFer-to-be has teamed with an auction house in an event scheduled for June.
Cal Ripken’s Ironclad Authentics will team up with antiques and collectibles specialists Morphy Auctions to present a select 120-lot offering of sports memorabilia in an absentee/Internet-only auction.
Among the more historically significant items is the original 1981 Baltimore Orioles lineup card from Cal Ripken Jr.’s first complete Major League Baseball game. Signed by then-manager Earl Weaver, the card was obtained from Dallas Parks, who umpired in that particular game. It is estimated at $10,000-$20,000.
An official baseball single-signed Babe Ruth autographed baseball is another top lot. While Ruth was generous about autographing balls for fans, very few single-signed examples are known to exist, especially in the very fine 9 to 9.5 condition exhibited by the ball in this sale. Another noteworthy auction entry is a 1942 New York Yankees team-signed ball.
A top ephemera lot is the 1887 Allen & Ginter “Worlds Champions” poster believed to be one of only six known. The poster features outstanding athletes from many sports and endeavors, and even includes Buffalo Bill and sharpshooter Annie Oakley. “The images on this poster are the same ones that appeared on Allen & Ginter cigarette cards,” said Morphy Auctions’ general manager, Tom Sage Jr. “It’s an early, very desirable item and is estimated at $40,000-$60,000.”
Among the other Cal Ripken Jr. items to be auctioned are multiple pairs of game-used shoes, an original jersey, and two signed bats – one game-used by Ripken as1982 Rookie of the Year, and one with a member 2007 Hall of Fame signature.
The auction also includes many signed jerseys from veteran players, including Nolan Ryan; and newer players, including Ryan Howard and Don Mattingly. A Texas Rangers manager’s jersey signed by one of the all-time greats, Ted Williams, is a highlight of the auction’s baseball apparel section.
There will be a selection of shirts, hats and bats autographed at a recent reunion of the 1983 World Champion Baltimore Orioles. Ripken added the finishing touch by producing a highly important item from his own personal collection: one of the balls from his 3,000th-hit game.
A portion of the auction proceeds will be donated to the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation. The nonprofit organization was established in memory of the beloved senior member of the Ripken baseball dynasty, Cal Sr., who passed away in 1999.
Although the sale will not have a live component, bids may be lodged through all absentee methods, including live via the Internet through eBay Live
Auctions. Items may be physically previewed at Morphy Auctions’ gallery in Denver (Adamstown), Pa., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., any day of the week except Wednesday during the two weeks prior to auction day.
All lots in the sale will be accompanied by letters of authenticity, with signatures verified by James Spence Authentication (JSA) and game-used bats and jerseys certified by MEARS/Bushing.
View highlights online at Ironclad Authentics, LLC.