Seldom do the Iron Man's 1980s game helmets reach the auction block. To our count, there have been just three in the past 20 years, with one signed example selling for over $7,000 in 2001. The offered Ripken helmet originates from a Christie's East auction in May 1995 and retains the auction tagging. It showcases very heavy wear with scuffs, abrasions, color transfers, sweat staining and pine tar. The terrific design delivers an O's logo decal on the front and Cal's number "8" decal on the orange brim.
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.