With his R-rated 1988 Fleer Baseball cardboard collectible a mere memory, second baseman Billy Ripken dealt with pulled rib cage muscles as the Orioles struggled through the 1991 season. On a rehab assignment in the Class AA Eastern League, Ripken wore and signed this Hagerstown Suns home jersey. The cream-colored knit size “40” button-down garment features twill identifiers, proper “Rawlings’; tagging and is signed on the left front in black marker (“8-9” strength). Full photo LOA from Dave Miedema. More on our website.
The cream-colored knit button-down garment features a color scheme identical to that of the parent club’s, with “Suns” angled across the chest in orange-on-black and “3” sewn to the back and left front in like fashion. Orange-and-black striped stretch ribbed knit lines the collar, while the sleeve endings are lined in black-orange-and-white striped stretch ribbed knit. Within the collar, the contents of a size “40” tag have almost completely faded. The tapered left front tail is home to a “Rawlings” size “40” label. On the left front, Ripken’s black marker autograph projects (“8-9”) strength and clarity. The jersey was worn by more than one player and shows moderate to heavy wear with the front “3” having long since been re-attached. Additionally, there is puckering about the twill components and faint tobacco stains on the front. In the August 13, 1991 rehab assignment, incidentally, Ripken showed he was ready for a return to the big leagues, going 3-for-5 with a stolen base.