Aqueous Test #96
Cal Ripken, Jr. PSA 7
Many people have not heard of the Cal Ripken, Jr. test cards that exist. A test card is simply a test of a machine or process by a baseball card manufacturer. Often, these test cards are not intended for release to the public and are usually just meant to be seen by employees. In some cases, they make it out the back door and into collector's hands.
Here are some of the more sought after Cal Ripken, Jr. test cards:
- 1982 Fleer Test
- 1986 MSA Jiffy Pop Promo
- 1990 Donruss Aqueous Test
- 1990 Donruss Blue/White Test Issue
- 1992 Donruss Super DKs
- 1993 Select Chase Stars Proofs
- 1995 Fleer Extra Bases Game Test Samples
PSA has recently decided to authenticate the 1982 Fleer and 1990 Donruss Blue/White Test Cards. I just sent my cards in for review and hope to have them encased soon as "Authentic" or possibly even graded!
|1998 Kenner Starting Lineup
Cal Ripken, Jr. PSA 10
Sale Price: $36.58
|1915 E106 American Caramel
Ty Cobb SGC 60
Sale Price: $14,770
I recently won a 1998 Kenner Starting Lineup PSA 10 card on eBay and I have to say it is my new favorite card. It reminds me of a Ty Cobb card from long ago. The Cobb card has been cited as a favorite by many due to his "boyish" pose and I would have to agree. This Ty Cobb sold for a hefty $14,770 several years ago at auction. I was able to acquire mine for a paltry $36.58. I'd say that was a pretty good deal!
Today I went through the first 3 rolls of microfilm for the 1983 Wichita Eagle-Beacon newspaper cards. It appears the cards weren't advertised as "bubblegum-less" and "clip and save" until later in the year. There also weren't any notable players, with the exception of Xavier McDaniel who went on to play in the NBA. Here is the checklist for 1/1/1983 - 2/15/1983:
|1986 Fleer #72
Xavier McDaniel PSA 10 RC
Ernest Patterson - College Basketball Player
Mike Farmer - College Basketball Player
Turner Gill - College Football Player
Rich Falk - College Basketball Coach
Gregg Schmidt - College Football Coach
Cory Koch - High School Basketball Player
Karl Kliewer - College Basketball Player
Lisa Hodgson - College Women's Basketball Player
Mike Bonczyk - High School Basketball Coach
Jenny Vogts - College Women's Basketball Player
Dick Schumacher - High School Basketball Dean of Coaches
Rod Foster - College Football Player
Steve Stipanovich - College Basketball Player
Ron Meyer - High School Basketball Player
Eddie Smith - College Basketball Player
Dean Smith - College Basketball Coach
Gary Carrier - College Basketball Player
Xavier McDaniel - College Basketball Player
Barry Stevens - College Basketball Player
Troy Weeks - College Wrestler
Les Miller - High School Wrestler/Football Player
|Alleged 2005 Fleer Bankruptcy Auction Press Plate|
I've seen many auctions on eBay like this for Cal Ripken, Jr. Fleer Press Plates and I can only assume there are many more for other players. Here is a quote from the auction shown above:
"We purchased a large collection of printing plates at the show on 2005 July. We are breaking up the collection and piecing them out every week. I think it blows out from Fleer Factory!"
In any case, there is no evidence of any Press Plates in the actual bankruptcy auction listings found here: 2005_Fleer_Bankruptcy_Auction.pdf. You can view detailed listings of each lot at Randy L. Fridkis Auctions, LLC.
Based on this information, I would strongly lean toward these eBay items not being legimate and would stay away from purchasing them.
Status: Most Likely Fake
|1983 Kittle / Payton / Strawberry 3-Card Panel|
Just this week I found the Kansas Historical Society and their huge collection of old newspapers on microfilm. I figured all was lost though since I couldn't go to their library. So I contacted my local library and found out about inter-library loans. I now have three rolls of microfilm on the way from the Kansas Historical Society to my local Fort Worth library. It will take a while, but I will eventually have a full checklist and images of every panel in the set.
|Cal Ripken, Jr. Single-Card|
With three players featured every week, that would be a total of 156 cards (52 weeks x 3 players/week).
|1984 Michael Jordan 3-Card Pane|
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