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Cal Ripken Jr. "2,131 Consecutive Games" Signed Game-Used Ball
Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $2,070.00
This specially designed Official American League (Budig) baseball, with "Ripken No. 8" printed on the bottom panel, is of great historic significance, as this ball was used in Cal Ripken's record-breaking 2,131st consecutive game, played on September 6, 1995, at Baltimore's Camden Yards, when Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's long-standing "streak" record. The special design of the ball was commissioned by MLB for use in the historic #2131 game. Following the fifth inning, when the game became "official" in the record books, Ripken received a 22-minute standing ovation for achieving this milestone. The ball is signed on the sweet spot by Cal Ripken Jr. ("8"), and has also been signed by all four members of the umpire crew of the game (Dan Morrison, Al Clark, Larry Barnett, and Greg Kosc), all in blue ballpoint pen (signatures grade "8"). The ball is accompanied by a Letter of Authenticity signed by umpire crew chief Dan Morrison attesting to the fact that this ball was used in this record-setting game. There have been other game balls from this historic night which have been sold in other auctions, but which did not have the extraordinary provenance and documentation that accompanies this ball. This is the ultimate Ripken #2131 game ball, signed by Ripken, the four umpires who worked the game that night, and accompanied by a signed letter on MLB stationery from the crew chief who worked the game that night (as opposed to other examples, which have sold for big money, which are not signed by the umpire crew, and which are from a retired umpire who supposedly acquired #2131 game balls from a clubhouse attendant, who allegedly related to him that the balls in question were used in the game). It doesn't get any better than this for a Ripken #2131 Game Ball. LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Reserve $800. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $2,070.00
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