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05-02-2013, 03:03 PM #1
Cal Ripken Jr. & 4 Umps Signed Game Used Baseball from Record 2131 Game JSA MLB LOA's
This is one of the rarest baseballs you will ever see on SCF. I have a signed and game used baseball from Cal Ripken's historic record breaking 2131st game! Signed by Ripken on the sweet spot as well as the 4 umpires from that game. Comes with a LOA from JSA for the autos and a letter from the MLB signed by one of the umps stating the ball is game used. The special commemorative 8 balls were only produced to be used in games. This is a true piece of baseball history! Must come big and I will possibly do a cash/mem. deal depending on what you have.
05-02-2013, 10:41 PM #2
The ump who signed that LOA was convicted of fraud for authenticating baseballs as game used from major events in baseballs, including this game.
From the article:
"Former Major League baseball umpire Alan M. Clark, 56 has pleaded guilty to fraud charges in connection with the authentication of hundreds of baseballs that he falsely represented had been used in notable games he umpired, such as Cal Ripken Jr.'s tying and breaking of Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played."
"Clark officiated in all of the games in question, and signed most of the baseballs and all certificates of authenticity that went with them."
"In one of the examples described in the Informations to which Clark and Graessle pleaded guilty, Graessle obtained commemorative Ripken baseballs, thousands of which were manufactured specifically to mark the games in which Ripkin tied and broke Gehrig's record. They were imprinted with Ripkin's team number, had orange stitching (Baltimore Oriole colors), and the number 2,130 and 2,311 embossed on them, representing Gehrig's and Ripkin's consecutive-games-played record.Graessle either mailed the baseballs to Clark or delivered them personally to Clark, who would sign them. They also rubbed the balls with the mud from a particular creek in Burlington County, N.J. - to conform to Major League Baseball's custom of burnishing all balls used in MLB games with that mud - and to bolster their claim that the balls had actually been used in the historic games."
Just a heads up for members.
05-03-2013, 11:24 AM #3
Ouch..... But maybe they can spell ripken's name right more then once?Collecting patches and autos of Buckeyes, SF Giants, Kevin Randleman and Mark Coleman items....
Check the bucket for trades.....
The argument can't be broken!