The Babe Ruth Museum has registered to bid today on a historic lineup card used in the game in which Cal Ripken surpassed Lou Gehrig's consecutive-games record.
Former Orioles manager Phil Regan, who filled out the card as part of his duties that night, arranged for the sale of the card and related items through a Chicago-based telephone auction service, North Shore Sports. Regan said he gave the items to his daughter after the 1995 game and she decided to sell them and will keep any money raised.
Advance bidding for the card, which comes with the ceremonial pen used by Regan to fill it out, was up to $15,000 yesterday. Bids for the card he filled out for the previous game, in which Ripken tied Gehrig, were at $2,400, said Steve Ryan, president of North Shore Sports.
Ryan said he thinks the bidding will top $30,000 for the two cards and pen. The auction ends late tonight and results may not be known until early tomorrow.
The Baltimore museum registered yesterday as a bidder, hoping to acquire the card for its collection, said Laurie Farrell, )( coordinator of membership and special events.
The Babe Ruth Museum already has one of the five carbon copies of the card that Regan filled out that day, Sept. 6, 1995.
Larry Barnett, who served as plate umpire for the game in which Ripken played his 2,131st consecutive game, donated his copy of the card to Bowling Green State University.
The Ohio school hired a Baltimore broker and put the copy on the market for $1 million last year. No bidder came forward at that price and the university is now trying to make a sale privately, said Ken Frisch, Bowling Green senior development DTC specialist. The proceeds would go toward the school's athletic program.
The asking price remains $1 million but the university would listen to lesser offers.
"If someone came along with the right price we would consider it," Frisch said.
Pub Date: 12/08/98