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)


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 PSA 8 Seattle Mariners Jr. RC Baseball Card 2b8
$39.90

1989 Upper Deck 1 Ken Griffey Jr PSA 7 Seattle Mariners Jr. RC Baseball Card 2o2
$40.79

1989 Upper Deck #1 Ken Griffey Jr Seattle Mariners Jr. RC Baseball Card 2f4
$49.99

1989 Upper Deck 1 Ken Griffey Jr PSA 8 Seattle Mariners Jr. RC Baseball Card 0c6
$38.60

1989 Upper Deck #1 Ken Griffey Jr Seattle Mariners Jr. RC Baseball Card 1o5
$100.00

KEN GRIFFEY JR 1989 UPPER DECK ERROR OVERPRINT BACK DICK SCHOFIELD JIMMY KEY #E1
$69.99

1989 Upper Deck Baseball Factory Sealed Set Ken Griffey Jr Rookie and More!!!
$65.00

1989 Upper Deck Baseball Factory Set KEN GRIFFEY jr ROOKIE in PADDED BINDER
$65.00
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2014 Topps #RCTA-KG Ken Griffey Jr 50 Seattle Mariners Jr. Auto Card 0p8
$274.45

2000 Upper Deck Powerdeck #KEGR.2 Ken Griffey Jr (Autograph) 50 SGC 88 Auto 1t3
$301.00

2015 Topps Tier One Ken Griffey Jr Seattle Mariners AUTO 15 25 "Gold Auto"
$399.99

2008 Upper Deck KEN GRIFFEY JR Ultimate Game Used Bat Barrel Auto # 75 Reds
$174.99

KEN GRIFFEY JR 2004 UD UPPER DECK ETCHINGS AUTO 600 1625 REDS AUTOGRAPH MARINERS
$75.00

Ken Griffey Jr & SR Seattle Mariners Father & Son Dual Auto's W COA SG123
$209.30

HUGE AUTO JERSEY PATCH LOT ROOKIE RC SPORTS CARD COLLECTION LOTS KEN GRIFFEY JR
$13.49

2005 ULTIMATE COLLECTION DUAL AUTO 08 25 KEN GRIFFEY JR TORII HUNTER AUTOGRAPH
$69.99
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2003 Fleer Focus Jersey Edition KEGJ Ken Griffey Jr READ Cincinnati Reds Jr. 0i0
$16.00

2002 Fleer Focus Jersey Edition Materialistic Away Jumbo #10M Ken Griffey Jr 0i0
$16.00

2006 UPPER DECK EPIC PAIRINGS DEREK JETER KEN GRIFFEY JR JERSEY # 99 YANKEES
$60.00

Ken Griffey Jr Mariners 1989 Rookie Jersey Mitchell & Ness *100% Authentic* 40
$102.50

2003 Upper Deck UD Honor Roll Dean's List Game Jersey Ken Griffey Jr Reds
$9.99

Ken Griffey Jr Mariners 2016 Hall Of Fame Jersey Men's L Brand New
$122.50

*KEN GRIFFEY JR ANDRUW JONES* 2008 UD Ball Park Collection Dual Jersey Relic
$11.95

KEN GRIFFEY JR. REDS HOF 2001 SP UD EXCLUSIVES GAME JERSEY CARD MINT RELIC GU
$8.99
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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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