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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(5) 1989 BOWMAN #220 KEN GRIFFEY JR ROOKIE PSA 9 NICE
$85.49
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(2) 1989 DONRUSS ROOKIES KEN GRIFFEY JR RC PSA GEM 10
$189.99
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(5) 1989 89 FLEER #548 KEN GRIFFEY JR ROOKIE PSA 9 MINT
$75.99
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(5) 1989 TOPPS TRADED KEN GRIFFEY JR ROOKIE PSA 9
$52.24
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(5) 1989 DONRUSS ROOKIES KEN GRIFFEY JR RC PSA GEM 10
$474.99
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2001 Donruss Baseball's Best Bronze #212 Ken Griffey Jr. FC 999 - NM-MT
$6.00
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1997 TOTALLY CERTIFIED PLATINUM RED KEN GRIFFEY JR #136 MARINERS
$22.79
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1997 TOTALLY CERTIFIED PLATINUM BLUE KEN GRIFFEY JR #53 MIRROR LIKE
$33.24
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LOT OF (2) 1989 SCORE TRADED KEN GRIFFEY JR PSA GEM MINT 10
$66.49
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2001 Donruss Class of 2001 BobbleHead Cards #6 Ken Griffey Jr. 2000 - NM-MT
$9.00
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HIGHLAND MINT KEN GRIFFEY JR. BRONZE MEDALLION COIN
$20.89
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4 PSA 9 Ken Griffey Jr 89 RC Rookies Bowman Donruss Rookies Fleer Score Tr. lot
$21.99
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1993 TOPPS KEN GRIFFEY JR PSA MINT 9
$8.99
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1999 Finest Split Screen #SS2 Ken Griffey Jr. Alex Rodriguez Refractor PSA 10
$39.99
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KEN GRIFFEY JR- TOPPS Traded Card- #41T- 1989
$5.95
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1995 Upper Deck Collectors Choice, #88 Ken Griffey Jr., Mariners, PSA 10 Gem
$14.99
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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 Signed Veritable 1996 Sports Illustrated For Kids PSA DNA PROOF b
$125.00
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Ken Griffey Jr. Signed 2000 Opening Day Silver OML Baseball Auto LE 500 UDA
$129.99
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Ken Griffey Jr 8x10 signed photo UDA 51 120 limited edition
$149.99
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Ken Griffey Jr. Signed 1992 All Star Game Program Seattle Mariners JSA COA
$119.99
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Ken Griffey Jr UDA Upper Deck Authenticated Signed autographed Cleats LTD 43 124
$479.99
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Ken Griffey Jr Signed 1990 Upper Deck 5x7 - UDA Certified
$45.44
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KEN GRIFFEY JR SIGNED AUTO AL BASEBALL JSA AUTHENTIC I57365 SEATTLE MARINERS
$145.00
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Ken Griffey Jr Signed Seattle Mariners auth Diamond Collection 59 50 Hat PSA DNA
$269.99
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Ken Griffey Jr Signed UDA Baseball Mariners HOF Upper Deck Hologram
$195.00
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Ken Griffey Jr. signed autographed Helmet Upper Deck Authenticated UDA hologram
$173.99
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Alex Rodriguez & Ken Griffey Jr Dual Signed Framed 8x10 Photo PSA DNA Mariners
$99.99
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KEN GRIFFEY JR SIGNED 8X10 HOLOGRAPHIC PHOTO JSA HOLOGRAM & COA I25101 AUTOGRAPH
$199.00
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Ken Griffey Jr Sr Dual Signed Autograph Auto JSA Authenticated Score Mariners
$79.99
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Tiger Woods & Ken Griffey Jr Auto Signed Ticket Stub Autographed PSA DNA
$1,799.10
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Ken Griffey Jr & Alex Rodriguez Signed Psa Dna #B69445 Photo
$139.99
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UDA Authentic Signed Ken Griffey Jr Auto Reds Away Full Size Jersey W UDA Box
$350.00
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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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