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    Cal Ripken, Jr. February 15, 1979 Handwritten Letter Durability was never enough for this legend of our time, a throwback to an age sadly lost when one's work ethic was the most important thing of all. Though we tend to remember this Baltimore Orioles infielder for just his incredible streak, surpassing the "Iron Horse" himself, this almost superhuman feat should not overshadow the quality of the work Cal accomplished season after season. From Rookie of the Year in 1982, to two American League MVP Awards, to an unbelievable nineteen All-Star Game appearances; Ripken stuck around not just because he was tough and dedicated, but because his team needed him and he earned his spot on the field every day. The letters offered below were penned by a teenage superstar in the making to our consignor, who was dating Cal at the time. They offer a rather charming and innocent look into the mind and heart of a boy on the brink of greatness, and are certainly the earliest Cal Ripken, Jr. handwritten letters ever offered for public sale. Excerpts of each are listed below.

    "I'm finally getting ready for Spring Training. I've been throwing a little and hitting a bit! I imagine I'll be ready when I get there. My dad leaves next week some time. They really have to be down early this year! Well, Happy Days is ready to come on television and then my soap opera - Young & Restless - so I'll have to close at this time." He signs "Love, Cal." Two pages are written on one side, and the third page continues on the back. Original mailing envelope is also filled out in Cal's hand, and is postmarked with the date. LOA's James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA and Mike Gutierrez/MGA.


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