2,131 lineup cards for sale: $1 million


Bowling Green State University is asking $1 million for the official lineup cards and related material used in the Sept. 6, 1995, Orioles game during which Cal Ripken broke baseball's consecutive-games record.

The university, which obtained the memorabilia as a donation from umpire Larry Barnett, will use the proceeds to fund a scholarship. The cards -- one each from the Orioles and California Angels -- come with a program and an untorn ticket to the game and the one preceding it, all autographed by Ripken and the four umpires.

Local sports memorabilia dealer Robert "Mr. Memorabilia" Urban is brokering the sale. The cards will be displayed Saturday at the Eldersburg Wal-Mart from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Also to be displayed there: the two lineup cards used in the Sept. 5 game when Ripken tied Lou Gehrig's consecutive-games record, being sold for an asking price of $250,000; the ball Ripken hit into the stands for a home run that night, which is being offered for $1 million; and a ball used in a St. Louis Browns-New York Yankees game on Aug. 17, 1933, when Gehrig broke the previous record, held by Everett Scott.

The 1933 ball, autographed by Gehrig, Babe Ruth and the other Yankees, carries an asking price of $11,999.

Pub Date: 2/18/97

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