Second Year Standouts: 1983 Topps Cal Ripken Jr

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83ToppsRipkenFrontToday’s Second Year Standout is one of the great cards from the 1980s.  Featuring a superlative action shot of a young Cal Ripken Jr., this cardboard treasure has always been one of my favorites.  The card’s action photo / head shot combo work well together, and I absolutely love how Cal’s orange uniform jumps off the card.   

I owned a raw, beat-up version of this card as a youth.  It was one of my prized possessions, especially because a 1983 card seemed so old to a kid growing up in the 1990s.  I’ve been meaning to add a clean version to my collection for awhile now, and finally pulled the trigger on this PSA 10.  This newest addition to my collection is centered well and gorgeous; I could not be happier with my purchase.  

83ToppsRipkenBackRipken won the American League Rookie of the Year in 1982 and the MVP in 1983, so collectors who found this card straight from a pack back in the day would have been thrilled.  All of these years later, cards like this are still bringing immense joy to members of the hobby community.  A great card of a great player, 1983 Topps Cal Ripken Jr. has stood the test of time.

Word of the Day

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