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    Cal Ripken, Jr. Handwritten Letter - Undated. 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 know your (sic) probably really mad at me right now and you really should be. I should have taken time to call you or write you before this. All I can say is I'm sorry. Well how have you been? Working hard? Of course you are, you have a hard job don't you? Kinda like my regular job (Baseball) huh? Very difficult!. You know something bad happened to my car! Maybe I already told you this but I might not have. Well anyway I went to a school wrestling match & when I came out there was egg smashed all over my car. Now that wasn't very nice, was it?.." He signs "Love Always, Cal." Five pages are all written on one side. Original mailing envelope is also filled out in Cal's hand. LOAs from James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA and Mike Gutierrez/MGA.


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    September, 2004
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