I recently had the opportunity to pick up a complete set of the 1995 Emotion Cal Ripken Jr. cards for a great price.
The set features some of the best cards I have seen it quite awhile. The card stock is much thicker and stronger then most cards. The design of the cards, in my eyes, is done perfectly! Both the front and back of the cards are visually appealing. And each card highlight a different point in Cal Ripken Jr.’s career. Overall, this is just a great series.
Title: High School Pitcher
Back of Card: “Cal’s career has spanned several eras and various monumental events, but it all started with pitching at Aberdeen High School, posting a 7-2 mark with an 0.70 ERA and 100 K’s in 60 innings, leading his team to the 1978 Maryland Class A title and striking out 17 in the championship game. (By the way, he also hit .493.)”
Title: Role Model
Back of Card: “Cal’s role model growing up was the Orioles’ Brooks Robinson, probably the2 best defensive third baseman ever and, like Cal, one of the game’s classiest players. Brooks is now President, Major League Baseball Players Alumi, which was founded as a means for former Major Leaguers to work together to promote the game of baseball and conduct programs with positive role models to inspire today’s youth.”
Title: Rookie of the Year
Back of Card: “When Cal reached the Majors, he looked and played like a polished veteran almost from the outset. Ripken enjoyed a fabulous start to his career, leading Major League rookies in doubles (32), home runs (28), RBI (93), total bases (284), games (160), and at-bats (663) en route to winning AL Rookie of the Year honors in 1982.”