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1995 Baltimore Orioles Dugout Lineup Card from Cal Ripken Jr.'s Record-Tying 2,130th Consecutive Game
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $3,259
Original Baltimore Orioles dugout lineup card and pitching chart used in the historic September 5, 1995, game at Baltimore's Camden Yards in which Cal Ripken Jr. tied Lou Gehrig's record of 2,130 consecutive games played. Of special note, both of these items have remarkable and ideal provenance: they 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. Gehrig's 2,130 consecutive games played was one of the few records that were considered unbreakable by most baseball fans However, when the 1995 season finally began, and it became clear that Ripken was going to surpass the "Iron Horse," the record-tying and record-breaking games became two of the most highly anticipated events in modern sports history. A crowd of 48,804 fans turned out on September 5th to witness the event, and when the game became official they gave Ripken a five-minute standing ovation. Afterwards, Ripken stated "I don't know how everyone else feels, but I'm exhausted." This dugout lineup card (8.5 x 11 inches) hung on the wall of the Orioles dugout during that game and was used by manager Phil Regan to record the player changes. Unlike the umpire's lineup cards, which are smaller and of which there are a number of copies, only one dugout lineup card is filled out and used during a game, making them unique. 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 border. The pitching chart displays similar light staining in the lower right corner as well as the right, left, and top borders. Without reference to the staining, both items are in Excellent to Mint condition. Accompanied by an 8 x 10-inch photo of Ripken which makes for an ideal display when paired with this lineup card. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,259
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