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FutureStarrBaltimore Orioles Future Stars 1982
The Baltimore Orioles Future Stars event was the first of its kind in Major League Baseball. The Orioles organization used the event to take the kids of Baltimore with promise, as well as children from around the country, and groom them for the major leagues. This Cub Scout-like event is still going on today.
Calvin Edwin Ripken, Jr. (August 24, 1960-) refined both the shortstop position - at 6’4”, he was one of the tallest ever at that position – and the “everyday player”, demolishing Lou Gehrig’s 56-year old consecutive games streak of 2,131, finishing with a seemingly untouchable 2,632 games to become baseball’s “Iron Man.” Ripken possessed all facets of the game, combining agility, power and durability; Ripken holds the record for most home runs by a shortstop and the highest single season fielding percentage at that position. Cal played his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles (1981-2001) earning the 1982 American League Rookie of the Year Award, two Gold Gloves, eight Silver Slugger Awards and two AL Most Valuable Player Awards (1983, 1992). Cal had a career year in 1983 leading the league in hits (211), runs (121) and doubles (47) while batting .318 and capturing his first MVP Award. The 19-time All-Star was MLB All-Star Game MVP twice (1991, 2001) and he was a member of the 1983 World Series champion Orioles. Ripken, heroically, hit a home run in his record-setting 2,131st consecutive game and in the final All-Star game of his career in 2001. Cal Ripken retired in 2007 posting a .276 career batting average with 3,184 hits, 1,647 runs scored, 1,695 RBI and 431 home runs. Calvin Edwin Ripken, Jr. was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.
Bonner actually debuted for the Orioles as a 23-year-old in 1980, making four plate appearances in four games. He hit .296 over 27 at-bats in a 1981 stint with Baltimore, but even this small sample portended problems with his plate approach -- he walked only one time in 29 plate appearances. Bonner lasted just 4 seasons -- 1980 through 1984. He appeared in 61 games, had 108 at-bats, and had a slash line of .194/.219/259. He even tried his hand at pitching in the minors in 1984 -- he was drafted as a pitcher out of high school -- but that was scrapped after he made 4 unsuccessful appearances. Bonner appeared on cards in the 1982 Donruss set and in the 1983 Fleer set. (Source: 1982topps.blogspot.com)
As an aside, all three men on this card appeared in the thirty-three inning marathon baseball game in April and June of 1981 between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings. The game was a pitchers duel. Schneider struck out 8 men in 5-1/3 innings that game after coming on in the ninth inning to pitch. The game was suspended at 4:09 AM after 32 innings were played. 19 people were left in the stands at this point.
Do you know that the most expensive Cal Ripken Baseball Rookie Card (CAL RIPKEN JR 1982 Topps Traded Rookie Card RC #98T Orioles HOF PSA 10 Gem Mint) was sold on eBay in February 2021 for $7995.95 while the cheapest Rookie Card (CAL RIPKEN (ORIOLES-SS) 2006 TOPPS ROOKIE REPRINT CARD #14/25 MINT condition) changed hands for only $0.01 in May 2020? The month with the most cards sold (230) was May 2020 with an average selling price of $28.50 for a Baseball Card of Cal Ripken. Sold items reached their highest average selling price in October 2016 with $1350.00 and the month that saw the lowest prices with $0.99 was September 2011. In average, a Rookie Card from Cal Ripken is valued with $20.00. (Source: www.baseball-rookies.com)