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

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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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1998 Donruss Press Proof Gold #375 Ken Griffey Jr Seattle Mariners PSA 9 MINT
$12.01
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2002 Topps Heritage #386 Ken Griffey Jr Cincinnati Reds PSA 10 GEM MINT
$13.05
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2005 Throwback Threads Polo Grounds Ken Griffey Jr 18 55 PSA 9 MINT
$11.50
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2003 Topps Heritage #375 Ken Griffey Jr Cincinnati Reds PSA 9 MINT
$6.25
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2004 Topps Heritage #455 Ken Griffey Jr Cincinnati Reds PSA 9 MINT
$6.37
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1989 Ken Griffey Jr. Upper Deck #1 Rookie!! ***BGS 6.0***
$14.99
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Ken Griffey Jr. 1-Lot totaling 40-cards special surprise for the buyer.
$10.00
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Ken Griffey Jr. 23K Gold Card - URBAN SASSY
$50.00
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Ken Griffey Jr. 1-Lot Consisting of 93-cards, plus a special surprise for buyer
$20.00
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1989 Ken Griffey Jr. Upper Deck #1 Rookie!! ***BGS 6.5***
$14.99
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Like Father, Like Son! KEN GRIFFEY Jr. Lot of 9-Cards Nrmt-Mt+
$5.99
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1989 Fleer Ken Griffey Jr 548 Baseball Card
$675.00
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Ken Griffey Jr. Silver Team USA Rookie Card - Only Ten Exist - Serial #8 10
$14.99
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1989 Bowman Cincinnati Reds Team Set With Ken Griffey Jr
$5.04
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signature rookies dual Ken Griffey Jr auto Griffey Sr auto on back 1st company
$25.99
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1989 Ken Griffey Jr. Upper Deck #1 Rookie!! ***BGS 8.0*** w 9 sub
$21.99
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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. JSA Beckett 1988 All Stars California League Signed Card Rookie
$400.00
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Ken Griffey Jr Signed Cin Reds Rawlings Signature Series Baseball Glove JSA
$495.00
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Ken Griffey, Jr. Autographed Signed AL Baseball PSA DNA #U58652
$139.00
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Ken Griffey, Jr. Autographed Signed AL Baseball "ALWC" PSA DNA #U58651
$179.00
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Ken Griffey, Jr. Autographed Signed 1992 All Star Baseball "MVP" PSA DNA #U58659
$289.00
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Ken Griffey Jr. Signed Louisville Slugger Black Bat Autographed Steiner Sports
$400.00
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Ken Griffey, Jr. Autographed Signed Seattle Mariners Hat PSA DNA #V56354
$179.00
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Ken Griffey, Jr. Autographed Signed Reds 16x20 Photo UDA #BAG08287
$199.00
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Ken Griffey Jr PSA DNA 1999 Home Run Derby Game Used Signed Baseball GU
$5,000.00
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MARINERS KEN GRIFFEY JR AUTHENTIC SIGNED CARD 1990 FLEER #513 PSA DNA SLABBED
$119.99
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KEN GRIFFEY JR SIGNED 8x10 PHOTO PSA HOLOGRAM & COA U45345 SEATTLE MARINERS
$173.90
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Ken Griffey Jr. Framed Jersey Signed PSA DNA COA Autographed Seattle Mariners
$899.95
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Ken Griffey Jr Signed Veritable 1996 Sports Illustrated For Kids PSA DNA PROOF b
$125.00
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1989 Fleer Ken Griffey Jr Signed Rookie Autograph PSA DNA 9 Mint! Perfect
$135.00
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Ken Griffey Jr. 2005 Game-Worn & Signed Cincinnati Reds Jersey PSA MEARS A00
$2,950.00
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KEN GRIFFEY JR & SR Father & Son Signed AL Bobby Brown Baseball #3 PSA DNA COA
$169.00
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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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