Ken Griffey Jr Card and Memorabilia Guide

Ken Griffey Jr.

Date of Birth: 11/21/1969
Rookie Card Year: 1989
Investment Rating: 8.0


Overview

When Ken Griffey Jr made it to the Major League in 1989, few could have predicted the jolt he would give baseball and the card collecting world. What ensued was one of the greatest rookie chases in collecting history. The chase pushed Ken Griffey Jr card values to unlikely heights and firmly planted him in rare collecting company. The iconic 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr card is the most graded card in history. The high values remained despite huge production runs that inevitably doomed most of the cards in the 1990s.

Unfortunately for collectors who were caught up in the rush, many ultimately overpaid. Injuries caught up to the superstar and the values have since Ken Griffey Jr card values leveled off. Now, almost all the rookies except for ones with high professional grades can be had for a very low-cost.

Few players have ever reached the level of collecting that Griffey spurred on by his amazing athletic ability and charisma. Although he never quite lived up to the lofty expectations that were created by his early successes, he still had a Hall of Fame career and had a hand in creating the hobby collectors know today.

For his entire playing career, Griffey was a spokesperson for Upper Deck, appearing prominently in almost all their baseball card releases. However, starting in 2012, Griffey will have his first Topps autographs. This will help expose younger collectors to the legacy of Griffey and give the older collectors something new to chase.

Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card Checklist

1989 Bowman Ken Griffey Jr. RC #220

1989 Bowman Ken Griffey Jr. Image
The slightly over-sized Bowman card features a stoic looking Griffey on one knee with hills visible in the background. Griffey's facsimile signature is prominently displayed on the bottom of the card. A rarer Tiffany version of the card also exists. Sold in limited edition box sets, Tiffany cards feature a glossy finish and lighter card stock.

1989 Donruss Ken Griffey Jr. RC #33

1989 Donruss Ken Griffey Jr. Image

The 1989 Donruss Rated Rookie Ken Griffey Jr card is very unfortunate looking. The purple and blue combination on top with a black border on the side look like something a small child designed.

1989 Fleer Ken Griffey Jr. RC #548

1989 Fleer Ken Griffey Jr. Image

The Fleer card features too much gray and the striping evokes the image of a poorly constructed prison. Griffey's face is either very greasy or very sweaty in this card.

1989 Score Rookie/Traded Ken Griffey Jr. RC #100T

1989 Score Ken Griffey Jr. Image

The 1989 Score Rookie/Traded Ken Griffey Jr card contains a rather bizarre image of the Mariner great at the end of his swing. The design has a clean look but the color combination leaves much to be desired.

1989 Topps Traded Ken Griffey Jr. RC # 41T

1989 Topps Traded Ken Griffey Jr. Image

Topps Traded shows Griffey in a similar pose as two other rookie cards (Fleer and Donruss). The classic design and strong image set it apart. After the classic 1989 Upper Deck, the Topps Traded card is his most attractive rookie. Collectors have been particularly interested in the limited-run Tiffany version.

1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. RC # 1

1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr.  Image
This is the Ken Griffey Jr card that is head and shoulders above the rest, the one that started the craze. This rookie will bring back a lot of memories to many current and former collectors. Easily the most iconic card to come out since the hobby exploded in the late-1980s, this card is a true classic that belongs in every baseball card collection.

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2 - 1989 MOTHER'S COOKIES BASEBALL ROOKIE CARDS #4 OF 4 KEN GRIFFEY jr. MARINERS
$8.99
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LOT OF (3) 1989 DONRUSS BASEBALL CARDS #33 KEN GRIFFEY jr. MARINERS R C
$17.99
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2006 UD Sweet Spot - Super Sweet Swatch - KEN GRIFFEY JR #ed 066 299 - GU JERSEY
$19.99
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2012 PANINI FATHERS DAY Ken Griffey JR SUPER SHORT PRINT AUTO LEGEND
$999.99
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19 card lot 1990 Upper Deck #156 Ken Griffey Seattle Mariners BASEBALL MINT
$14.99
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Ken Griffey Jr 1989 Kenner Starting Lineup RC Card
$5.99
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Ken Griffey Jr 115 Card insert, RC Lot No Duplicates
$9.05
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2008 Topps Chrome #152 - KEN GRIFFEY JR - BLUE COPPER & REGULAR REFRACTORS +BASE
$29.99
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2008 UD Premier -PREMIER STITCHINGS PATCH- KEN GRIFFEY JR #ed 47 50 -Only1onEBAY
$34.99
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Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie 23KT GOLD 1997 Fleer 1989 Fleer RC Reprint GEM Mint 10 !
$9.99
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LOT OF 6 KEN GRIFFEY jr. ODD BALL FOOD ISSUE BASEBALL CARDS POST, JIMMY DEAN++++
$9.99
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LOT OF (3) 1989 FLEER BASEBALL CARDS # 548 KEN GRIFFEY jr. MARINERS
$14.99
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Ken Griffey Jr. 2000 SPx WINNING MATERIALS TRIPLE JERSEY Alex Rodriguez
$9.99
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Ken Griffey Jr. 1994 Upper Deck ELECTRIC DIAMOND Silver Backed Variation Error
$7.00
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1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. rookie RC ISA Gem Mt Pristine 10
$54.99
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1993 Bowman Ken Griffey Jr. Blank Back Error Card
$13.00
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Autograph Guide

Ken Griffey Jr. Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Ken Griffey Jr.'s authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company.

Ken Griffey Jr. Signature Image

Signed Baseball Pricing:

Average eBay Sales Price: $95
Lowest Amazon Price: $126.95 Image

Signed Jersey Pricing

Average eBay Sales Price: $260
Lowest Amazon Price: $219 Image

Signed 8x10 Photo Pricing

Average eBay Sales Price: $75
Lowest Amazon Price: $93.95 Image

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Ken Griffey Jr Single Signed Baseball AUTO w STEINER Hologram Seattle Mariners
$104.50
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KEN GRIFFEY JR UDA UPPER DECK AUTHENTICATED SIGNED OFFICIAL MLB BASEBALL
$60.00
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Ken Griffey Jr Single Signed Baseball AUTO w UDA Hologram Reds Mariners
$142.01
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KEN GRIFFEY JR AND SR JSA AUTOGRAPH AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL SIGNED AUTHENTIC
$139.00
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Ken Griffey Jr Signed Seattle Mariners Limited Edition Danny Day Giclee JSA
$995.00
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Ken Griffey Jr. Signed Seattle Mariners F S ABC Vintage Batting Helmet Auto UDA
$499.99
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Ken Griffey Jr. Signed Louisville Slugger 400th Homerun Bat #209 400 UDA COA LE
$399.99
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SWEET KEN GRIFFEY JR SIGNED CINCINNATI REDS JERSEY CERTIFIED BY UPPER DECK UDA
$260.00
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Ken Griffey Jr signed 8x10 action photo Seattle Mariners Jsa hologram C25117
$155.00
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KEN GRIFFEY JR SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO UDA AUTHENTIC BAE47354 SEATTLE MARINERS AUTO
$259.00
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Ken Griffey Jr. Autographed Signed Calling Card PSA DNA #83577498
$79.00
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Ken Griffey Jr signed 8x10 photo Seattle Mariners Jsa hologram & coa K14284
$179.99
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KEN GRIFFEY JR SIGNED AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL JSA HOLOGRAM & COA A15047 AUTO
$145.00
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Ken Griffey Jr Hand Signed Autographed 1"x2" Salvino Cut PSA DNA D33025
$79.99
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Ken Griffey Jr Hand Signed Autographed 1"x2" Salvino Cut PSA DNA D32265
$89.99
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Ken Griffey Jr Hand Signed Autographed 1"x2" Salvino Cut PSA DNA D33270
$79.99
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim, and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

User Comments

  1. Amazon’s price for the signed 8×10 is $93.95, not $293.95. Just a heads up.

  2. Justin (ID 39916) » Thanks, Justin!

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