The Iron Man
My latest sports memorabilia piece is an autograph baseball by one of my favorite baseball players I watched as a kid. Cal Ripken, Jr. AKA the Iron Man holds the record for consecutive games played. I remember watching the game when he personally ended his streak at 2,632. I even have the newspaper in which he broke the streak at 2,131 games on September 6, 1995. In todays game, when players are talking about rest I am not sure if his record will ever get broken.
Although I am impressed with his streak, I am most impressed with his 1983 and 1991 MVP awards because those years signified he was the best in baseball for those particular years. I was really close to getting an autographed baseball with 19X All-Star on it, but I opted for the MVP inscription instead. It goes great with the rest of my Orioles (Adam Jones, Manny Machado, Jim Palmer, Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson) baseball collection.