1980 Charlotte O’s Police Checklist and Baseball Card Details

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When it comes to minor league baseball cards, the 1980 Charlotte O’s Police set is easily on of the most significant. For starters, it’s extremely rare. But so are a lot of minor league issues that are handed out locally. The bigger reason? It’s home to one of the earliest Cal Ripken Jr. cards. Put the two together and you’ve got something that’s both iconic and obscure.

The 25-card 1980 Charlotte O’s Police checklist spotlights the Double-A Southern League affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. Cards have orange-borders and posed color player photos. The player’s name and position appear in white letters across the bottom of the card with the team’s logo printed on the right.

 

1980 Charlotte O's Police Cal Ripken Jr.

Card Front

Backs carry player tips and crime prevention tips.

 

Card Back

Single cards from the set were given out one or two at a time to local school children. So even those lucky enough to get some, it still wasn’t easy to get a specific card — like the Ripken.

Even in lesser condition, the 1980 Charlotte O’s Police Cal Ripken Jr. fetches thousands of dollars. In fact, most that are out there have noticeable wear. Not surprisingly, counterfeits exist. If you’re looking at one, be sure to take extra care.

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1980 Charlotte O’s Police Checklist

25 cards.
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Larry Anderson
John Buffamoyer
Brooks Carey
Doc Cole TR
John Denman
Tommy Eaton
Kurt Fabrizio
Will George
Jose Gonzales
Drungo Hazewood
Dave Huppert
Minnie Mendoza CO
Edwin Neal
Russ Pensiero
Billy Presley
Luis Quintana
Dan Ramirez
Cal Ripken Jr.
Willie Royster
John Shelby
Tommy Smith
Don Welchel
Cat Whitfield
Jimmy Williams MGR
The Pepper Girls

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