By the time he generously handed over this well-used Rawlings glove to Milwaukee Braves batboy Steve Sampson in 1985, the Iron Man was already about 500 games into his legendary streak and had both an ROY and MVP Award (plus a couple Silver Sluggers) under his belt. A decade later, just a few months before Ripken eclipsed Gehrig's milestone, Sampson fulfilled his mission of adding the Oriole icon's signature—a personalized, ballpoint "7" example. There is also the notation of Ripken's number "8" at the base of the thumb. An accompanying photocopy of Sampson's 6/30/95 LOA reads, "This letter is to confirm that during the 1985 baseball season Cal Ripken, Jr. gave me his fielder's glove. He was switching to a new glove at the time and I asked for his old one. The glove is made by Rawlings. Model# XFG2-H. I've had the glove in my possession since then and the glove is in the same condition from when I received it 10 years ago. In 1985 I was a bat boy employed by the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team. Primarily, I worked in the visitor's dugout. Earlier this week when the Orioles were in town I finally had the glove autographed. It was personalized, To Steve. I guarantee to the authenticity of this glove 100%." Auction LOA from JSA.
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.