Cal Ripken, Jr. Rookie Year Game-Used Bat PSA/DNA 10 
Lot Number 304
 
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Description

Cal Ripken Jr. had many highlights throughout his illustrious twenty-one year MLB career. One of his most memorable years might be his 1981 season with the Rochester Red Wings and Baltimore Orioles, a season that included the longest professional game in history and Ripken's eventual promotion to the Baltimore Orioles. Until that point, he was having a breakout summer that later gained him the distinctions of an All Star, Rookie of the Year and Top Major League Prospect in the International League. Presented is a possibly unique Ripken game-used bat from his last minor league and first major league season. It has been determined that this bat was used in Rochester and brought along to Baltimore. It was later obtained by a fan at a game just a week after he had arrived in “Charm City.” This Louisville Slugger M159 (34.3oz/34-7/8”) shows extensive use throughout the barrel with highly visible ball indentations, cleat marks and bat rack streaks. The handle contains a moderate coat of pine tar. The knob is labeled 5, which was Ripken’s number at Rochester in honor of his boyhood idol Brooks Robinson. A vintage Ripken signature is on the barrel in blue sharpie ("9") with the #8 inscription. This item is accompanied by a full photo LOA from PSA/DNA (graded a perfect "10") and an auction LOA from James Spence Authentications for the signature. This piece might be one of the only existing authenticated game-used bats from Ripken's minor league stint and is a holy grail find for the dedicated Orioles collector. 
 
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