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Cal Ripken - Buy or Not to Buy

I am thinking of buying a 1982 Topps Cal Ripken PSA 10 card. The regular issue not traded one. Is this a good decision? I'm thinking it is a card which should maintain its value. What say you guys and gals who have much more knowledge than I.

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    ndleondleo Posts: 4,078 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The 1982 Traded is the best looking RC. The 1982 base issue is nice but I think the Traded will always be in the most demand.

    Mike
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    NGS428NGS428 Posts: 2,266 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I prefer the card you are looking for, 1982 Topps #21 as his top rookie card. I picked up a PSA 9 4 years back and the value has basically held flat (not dropped like other pandemic buys).

    I don’t think its popularity will ever surpass the traded card, but not actually being a rookie card, it should surpass it.

    I would not expect big swings in the value of a PSA 10, not going to sell in a few years for a nice profit.. but it should hold.

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    CakesCakes Posts: 3,465 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 8, 2024 9:14AM

    @ndleo said:
    The 1982 Traded is the best looking RC. The 1982 base issue is nice but I think the Traded will always be in the most demand.

    I agree however the reg 82 should continue to do well, and even better in PSA 10.

    I can only see Cal's cards going up, his streak is almost impossible to break and if anyone did get close it would create even more buzz for Cal.

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    ndleondleo Posts: 4,078 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I get the whole "not a rookie card" argument for the Traded Ripken. You could say the same thing about a certian Yankee with a 1951 RC but with a 1952 top value card :)

    I agree, Cal is one of the most iconic players from that era. His cards are as rock solid as any blue chip investment. Hopefully he doesn't have a white Bronco and AC to drive him.

    Mike
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    Yankees70Yankees70 Posts: 136 ✭✭

    Regarding the 82 Ripken (non traded card) would it be a better investment to purchase ten high end 9's or one 10? The price would be about the same.

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    Yankees70Yankees70 Posts: 136 ✭✭

    Actually you could buy 15 PSA 9's or one PSA 10. What's the best investment. Personally I would rather have the 15 high end 9's but I'm sure I'm in the minority.

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    BBBrkrrBBBrkrr Posts: 955 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'd do the 10, but that's just me. I'm a big Ripken fan love all his 82s.
    (I also have a LOT of FASCs of the 82 traded sets sitting in a box in storage that I bought around '17 that I refuse to open)

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    VintagemanEdVintagemanEd Posts: 922 ✭✭✭

    I love the 82 Topps regular Ripken, no one has talked about the pop but that card has a very low pop. I think it has a lot of room to run

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    craig44craig44 Posts: 10,539 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think the fleer is actually the most difficult one to find in 10? I would look for one of those

    George Brett, Roger Clemens and Tommy Brady.

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    VintagemanEdVintagemanEd Posts: 922 ✭✭✭

    The percentage of 10’s is tougher on the Topps than the Fleer though

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    swish54swish54 Posts: 688 ✭✭✭✭

    I agree, Cal's stuff is solid. One of the most liked and collected players of his era.

    I would go with one ten, not 15 9's. Quality over quantity.

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    PatriotTradingPatriotTrading Posts: 191 ✭✭✭

    I agree, quality over quantity but make sure its a nice 10.

    Based on a quick look
    PSA 10
    Topps Traded-$7200
    Topps-$1600
    Fleer- $3000
    Donruss- $1300

    I'd actually go the 3 base PSA 10 cards and pick up and autographed PSA 9 Topps Traded with the remainder. I'm not saying its going to happen but those sets came 100 to a case. I believe it was 4SC that submitted between 100 and 300 increasing the population immensely about a decade ago. With the regular Topps, Donruss and Fleer, its difficult to find anything gradable from unopened with the condition issues of each release.

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    4Boston4Boston Posts: 267 ✭✭✭

    @mexpo75 said:
    I am thinking of buying a 1982 Topps Cal Ripken PSA 10 card. The regular issue not traded one. Is this a good decision? I'm thinking it is a card which should maintain its value. What say you guys and gals who have much more knowledge than I.

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    FirstBeardFirstBeard Posts: 467 ✭✭✭

    Donruss is the prettiest of the true RCs. The Orioles are winning the World Series this year, so these should get a bump in interest.

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    Yankees70Yankees70 Posts: 136 ✭✭

    You can get 15-1 to 20-1 odds on Baltimore winning the series. If you believe what you said you should put down $100 on them. It would be a nice payday.

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    olb31olb31 Posts: 2,938 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @craig44 said:
    I think the fleer is actually the most difficult one to find in 10? I would look for one of those

    I'm glad you said it. By far the toughest.

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