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Cal Ripken Jr. 1999 Baltimore Orioles Game-Used Batting Helmet - SIA & SCD LOAs

Lot Number 1091

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In his 19th of 21 seasons, at the ripe age of 39, Ripken posted the highest batting average of his career—.340. And much of it was accomplished in this ABC size 7-3/8 helmet. Heavy wear includes scratches, gashes, paint transfer, indents and interior sweat staining. Centered on the reverse is Ripken's iconic number "8" decal. According to the 2004 Sports Collectors Digest (Kinunen/Lampson) LOA, a stamped time clock inside dates production to October 1998. The subsequent 2021 LOA from Sports Investors Authentication states, "Helmet design meets team specifications for the Orioles for the 1999 season...It is clear that from the wear on the helmet that this helmet was worn throughout the season." As a value reference, we previously sold an earlier, 1980s Ripken helmet for over $7,500 in 2016.

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