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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

98Retro Image
1998- 1998 Upper Deck Retro Sign of the Times #KGJ Ken Griffey Jr./ 100 ($250)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr.RC GRADED 10 GEM MT. SEATTLE Mariners
$39.00
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1989 UPPER DECK BASEBALL UNSEARCHED SEALED FOIL PACK CONTAINS KEN GRIFFEY JR RC?
$6.99
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KEN GRIFFEY JR ROOKIE RC 1989 UPPER DECK #1 NEAR MINT-MINT CENTERED HIGH GRADE
$33.99
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1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr RC Rookie Card # 1 star rookie card
$15.00
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1989 89 Upper Deck KEN GRIFFEY JR rookie card # 1 BGS 8 NM-MT
$17.00
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1989 UPPER DECK #1 KEN GRIFFEY JR. STAR RC ROOKIE CARD MARINERS NM TO MINT
$14.78
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1989 Upper Deck Baseball High Number Box (36 packs) KEN GRIFFEY JR
$39.95
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1989 UPPER DECK KEN GRIFFEY JR. ROOKIE CARD #1 GRADED MINT 9
$32.00



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April 1997 Baseball Weekly Dual Auto Alex Rodriguez Ken Griffey Jr. JSA #I25659
$89.99
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KEN GRIFFEY JR. 2013 NSCC Auto 30!
$229.99
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KEN GRIFFEY JR-GRIFFEY SR-CRAIG TRIPLE AUTO JSA BGS CERT GRIFFEY JR FAMILY AUTO
$249.99
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LARGE RAWLINGS KEN GRIFFEY JR. AUTO MODEL RGB36 WRIST-STRAP PROFESSIONAL GLOVE
$15.00
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Ken Griffey Jr. Signed Auto Salvino Collection Figurine Seattle Reds Mint L@@K
$189.99
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KEN GRIFFEY JR 06 UD CURTAIN CALLS AUTO #D 03 25 JERSEY # RARE JR GOLD AUTOGRAPH
$299.99
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2014 Topps Museum KEN GRIFFEY JR JUMBO PATCH AUTO AUTOGRAPH SP #5 5 MARINERS!!
$499.99
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Ken Griffey Jr. 2013 Prizm Auto SP
$85.99



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LOT of 2 Ken Griffey Jr Cincinnati Reds Mariners Game-Used Jersey Relics 375 J5
$10.00
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08 Ud Goudey Matt Cain Rare Ken Griffey Jr Says Jersey
$5.99
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Ken Griffey Jr. Barry Bonds 2001 Upper Deck Combo Jersey Card (#'d to 50)
$49.99
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Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle Mariners signed Baseball Jersey Upper Deck w Box Cert.
$550.00
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2006 ULTIMATE COLLECTION KEN GRIFFEY JR. ADAM DUNN DUAL JERSEY CARD #05 25
$4.30
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2006 ULTIMATE COLLECTION KEN GRIFFEY JR. GAME JERSEY CARD #06 50
$3.38
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Ken Griffey Jr. Cincinnati Reds MLB Baseball Sports Jersey Adult Large
$29.99
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2009 SP LEGENDARY CUTS GENERATIONS GAME USED JERSEY KIRBY PUCKETT KEN GRIFFEY JR
$12.99



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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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