Just weeks after graduating from Aberdeen High and being selected by the hometown Baltimore Orioles in the second round of the amateur draft, Calvin Ripken Jr. was sent directly to Bluefield, West Virginia to toil in the Appalachian League. That team is the subject of this 1990s-2000s game-used hat and jacket pair. The Starter Diamond Collection size XL 100% nylon jacket features moderate use and a white-on-orange twill "Orioles" across the chest. The inside collar has "51" in Sharpie. The size 7-1/4 New Era cap features light to moderate wear and has a white-on-orange twill "Bluefield Orioles" logo against a black background.
Huggins and Scott is allowing the winning bidder 45 days from the date when payment is received to have the item independently authenticated. Payment must, however, be made within two weeks from the end of the auction. Huggins and Scott is not responsible for any authentication fees or shipping charges incurred by the winning bidder but H&S will refund the hammer price and buyer's premium if the item does not pass authentication with a reputable third party company.