22 Years, 22 Cards, 1 Ken Griffey Jr.

22 Years, 22 Cards, 1 Ken Griffey Jr.

After 22 seasons, Ken Griffey Jr. announced his retirement from the game of baseball on Wednesday. There are those who will ultimately ask the question "what if?", a question that asks what type of numbers he could have accumulated had it not been for injuries.Within that very question lies the essence and greatness of Junior.

Injuries are inevitable and unavoidable, but unlike nearly every other slugger of his era, he chose not to do steroids to stay relevant in his 30's. The only "what if?" is what kind of numbers he could have put up had he cheated? A question that tells you everything you need to know about the greatness of Griffey.

Injuries may have cost Griffey much of the second half of his career, but he gave us 22 years worth of memories that were real and can never be taken from us. Below, we capture a card from each of Griffey's 22 seasons.


1989-1989 Upper Deck #1 Ken Griffey Jr. RC ($40)


1990-1990 Leaf Previews #4 Ken Griffey Jr. ($125)


1991- 1991 Arena Holograms #AU2 Ken Griffey Jr. AU/ 2500 ($75)


1992- 1992 Classic/ Best Autographs #AU1 Ken Griffey Jr./ 3100 ($100)


1993- 1993 Finest Refractors #110 Ken Griffey Jr. AS ! ($400)


1994- 1994 Upper Deck #GM1 Griffey AU/ Mantle AU/ 1000 ($900)


1995- 1995 Leaf Heading for the Hall #2 Ken Griffey Jr. ($20)


1996- 1996 SPx #KGA1 Ken Griffey Jr. Auto ($250)


1997- 1997 UD3 Superb Signatures #2 Ken Griffey Jr. ($175)


1998- 1998 Upper Deck Retro Sign of the Times #KGJ Ken Griffey Jr./ 100 ($250)


1999- 1999 Upper Deck Challengers for 70 Swinging for the Fences Autograph #JR Ken Griffey Jr. ($120)


2000- 2000 Upper Deck Game Jersey Autograph #HKG K.Griffey Jr. Reds ($150)


2001- 2001 Upper Deck Legends Legendary Lumber Autographs #SLKG Ken Griffey Jr. ($120)


2002- 2002 Sweet Spot Signatures #KG Ken Griffey Jr./ 291 ($150)


2003- 2003 SP Authentic Chirography Doubles #JI K.Griffey/ I.Suzuki/ 125 ($600)


2004- 2004 SP Game Used Patch Significant Numbers Autograph Dual #KG Ken Griffey Jr. ($250)


2005- 2005 Ultimate Signature Immortal Inscriptions #KG K.Griffey Jr. Junior/ 99 ($500)


2006- 2006 SP Authentic Chirography Dual #PG Ken Griffey Jr./ Albert Pujols (NA)


2007- 2007 Upper Deck Premier Stitchings Autographs #22 Ken Griffey Jr. (NA)


2008- 2008 Sweet Spot Signatures Ken Griffey Jr. #KG6 Ken Griffey Jr. 1997 AL MVP/ 300 ($80)


2009- 2009 Ultimate Collection Ultimate Dual Signatures #UDS24 Bo Jackson/ Ken Griffey Jr./ 72 ($120)


2010- 2010 Topps National Chicle #17 Ken Griffey Jr. ($1.50)

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1989 upper deck #1 KEN GRIFFEY JR ((50-50 CENTERED) rookie card BGS BCCG 10
$100.00

1989 upper deck #1 KEN GRIFFEY JR seattle mariners rookie card BGS BCCG 10
$85.00

1989 UPPER DECK BASEBALL FACTORY SEALED COMPLETE SET 1-800 FROM CASE! GRIFFEY RC
$89.99

NEW 1989 UPPER DECK Baseball factory sealed set. Ken Griffey Jr. RC
$43.85

1989 UPPER DECK KEN GRIFFEY JR RC BGS 9.5 GEM MINT *GREAT SUBS 3 10'S RARE
$499.00

1989 Upper Deck Complete FACTORY SEALED set Ken Griffey Jr RC rookie UD baseball
$49.99

1989 Ken Griffey Jr. - Upper Deck Rookie Baseball Card - MINT CONDITION
$30.00

1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey #1 PSA 10 GEM MINT
$269.00



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2013 America's Pastime Gold KEN GRIFFEY JR Auto 8 15
$250.00

2009 ULTIMATE COLLECTION KEN GRIFFEY JR. AUTO TRIPLE JERSEY 10 24!!
$250.00

2006 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Ken Griffey Jr. Auto # 358
$88.00

2014 Panini National Treasures KEN GRIFFEY JR. Jersey AUTO! BOOK! 25! M's!
$299.95

1992 UD BLOODLINE GRIFFEY FAMILY KEN GRIFFEY JR. SR. CRAIG AUTO psa jsa BGS
$70.00

2015 Topps Museum Collection KEN GRIFFEY JR On Card AUTO #d16 25 SSP Mariners
$182.50

2006 KEN GRIFFEY JR., AUTO, FLEER TRADITION , SIGNATURE TRADITION
$43.05

2013 Topps Museum Ken Griffey Jr. auto triple jersey 38 50 Mariners
$102.50



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2015 Topps Gypsy Queen Ken Griffey Jr Red Mini Jersey Number 1 1 24 50
$8.50

Ken Griffey Jr. 2005 Upper Deck Portraits Scrapbook Materials Jersey Card D884
$7.60

2009 ULTIMATE COLLECTION KEN GRIFFEY JR. AUTO TRIPLE JERSEY 10 24!!
$250.00

999 BOYS MLB SEATTLE MARINERS - KEN GRIFFEY JR. - Baseball Jersey BLUE SMALL
$9.99

2001 SP Authentic UD Exclusives Game Jersey #KG Ken Griffey Jr. Jsy - NM-MT
$11.25

Ken Griffey Jr.Cincinnati Reds #3 2patch sewn cooperstown Jersey Red rose M,L,XL
$46.98

KEN GRIFFEY JR. AUTOGRAPHED UPPER DECK AUTHENTICATED WHITE SEATTLE JERSEY
$999.99

2001 Sweet Spot Game Jersey #JKG Ken Griffey Jr. Jsy - NM-MT
$11.25



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Brett is a former contributor to The Cardboard Connection.

User Comments

  1. I would also have to add the 1992 Donruss Elite Griffey… I think it is the first Griffey to be serial numbered out of the major manufacturers. #’d/10,000

  2. @Vessie: nice call on the Elite!

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