25: 1982 Topps Cal Ripken RC

Cal Ripken’s credentials in Major League Baseball history are among the most well regarded of all time. His rookie card is desirable, while still being easily findable. His rookie came out in the early days of the of the junk wax era, a generation of baseball cards that were so mass produced that their value will forever be suppressed due to how many are in existence. In terms of all time greats, this is a great collecting entrance point. The upside of the junk wax era is that it allows you to be picky about the condition of the card you are looking for. In raw condition, you can still find this card for good value, and even graded out at an 8 or higher won’t break the bank.

Random Cal Ripken Fact: Ripken has the fourth most All Star Game appearances in MLB history, trailing only Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Stan Musial.

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