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1995 Baltimore Orioles Dugout Lineup Card and Pitching Chart from Cal Ripken Jr.'s Record-Setting 2,131st Consecutive Game
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $15,405
Original Baltimore Orioles dugout lineup card and pitching chart used in the historic September 6, 1995, game at Baltimore's Camden Yards in which Cal Ripken Jr. surpassed Lou Gehrig's record of 2,130 consecutive games played. Of special note, these items have remarkable and ideal provenance: both originate from the personal collection of former Orioles pitcher Mike Flanagan, who was the Orioles pitching coach in 1995, and have been consigned to this auction directly by the Flanagan family. Ripken's breaking of Lou Gehrig's record on September 6, 1995, was not only one of the greatest feats in baseball history, but one of the most memorable moments in the history of the game. Anyone who was watching that night will always remember the joyous celebration when the game became official and Ripken was swept up in a groundswell of emotion from players and fans alike, a scene that culminated in his famous victory lap around the stadium. The anticipation and excitement of that night also removed much of the sting of the 1994-1995 players' strike and helped to restore the National Pastime's tarnished image in the hearts of many fans. This dugout lineup card, which hung on the wall of the Orioles dugout during that game and was used by manager Phil Regan to record the player changes, is undoubtedly one of, if not the most significant, item imaginable (other than Ripken's uniform, bat, or glove) from that historic game. The only comparable piece we have seen at auction is the top copy of the Orioles lineup card that was given to the umpires. That umpire's lineup card, which is much smaller and included five carbon copies, was originally retained by Regan. In 1999 Regan's daughter sold that card at public auction, where it realized $35,000. The offered dugout lineup card (8.5 x 14 inches) is not only much larger than the umpire's lineup card, which adds to its display value, but is also the only one used. There were no other copies hanging anywhere else. Obviously, with an item such as this, provenance is paramount, and in this case the provenance is impeccable. As noted earlier, this lineup card was personally obtained as a keepsake by Orioles pitching coach Mike Flanagan, and it has been in the possession of his family since that day. Ideally, the lineup card is accompanied by the Orioles official pitching chart (8.5 x 11 inches) from that historic game (a significant piece in its own right), which further supports its ironclad provenance. The lineup card, which is printed on heavy paper stock, displays light staining in the lower right corner, as well as a few tiny areas of additional light staining on the top and right borders. The pitching chart displays similar light staining on the top and left borders. Without reference to the staining, both items are in Excellent to Mint condition. Accompanied by a special edition of Sports Illustrated featuring Ripken on the cover which makes for an ideal display when paired with this lineup card. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $15,405
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