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


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

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

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

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

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


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.

Top eBay Listings

KEN GRIFFEY JR. Lot of (9) Different Rare Oddball Baseball Trading Cards
$14.90

1989 Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card Lot of 13 w Score Traded, Fleer, Donruss
$25.55

1989 Topps Traded Baseball Set Case (100 sets) Ken Griffey Jr. Rookies
$599.00

1997 KEN GRIFFEY JR Select Registered GOLD! PSA 10 Gem Mint LOW POP 4 -1 4 RARE!
$22.49

1996 UD Collectors Choice Crash the Game #CG26 Ken Griffey Jr. PSA 8.5
$12.50

1989 Fleer Ken Griffey Jr. PSA 9 Mint Rookie
$99.99

1999 SP Authentics Homerun Chronicles HR56 Ken Griffey Jr. PSA 9 Seattle Mariner
$5.00

1996 DONRUSS STEEL POWER KEN GRIFFEY JR 5000 MARINERS
$9.99

1995 SCORE HALL OF GOLD #HG1 KEN GRIFFEY JR. MINT *762463
$5.00

1989 UPPER DECK #1 KEN GRIFFEY JR ROOKIE MARINERS SGC 88
$25.99

1999 BLACK DIAMOND A PIECE OF HISTORY KEN GRIFFEY JR BAT CARD MARINERS *106
$19.99

2002 UPPER DECK SWEET SPOT KEN GRIFFEY JR GAME USED JERSEY CARD REDS *125
$9.99

2003 Topps 205 Sovereign #117 Ken Griffey Jr. - NM-MT
$6.00

22K GOLD PERFORMANCE BABE RUTH,KEN GRIFFEY JR, LOU GEHRIG BASEBALL CARDS
$39.99

2014 Topps Baseball Series 1 Ken Griffey Jr Mariners BG-6 Before They Were Great
$5.99

1998 Gold Label Ken Griffey Jr Roger Maris black label Yankees HR3
$19.99
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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.



Signed Baseball Pricing:

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

Signed Jersey Pricing

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

Signed 8x10 Photo Pricing

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

Top eBay Listings

Ken Griffey Jr Hand Signed Official Major League Baseball Auto Steiner COA
$149.95

Ken Griffey, Jr. Autographed Signed AL Baseball "ALWC" PSA DNA #U58651
$179.00

Ken Griffey Jr. Signed Louisville Slugger Black Bat Autographed Steiner Sports
$400.00

Ken Griffey Jr Signed Commemorative 600 HR bat UDA authentic Limited Edition
$550.00

Ken Griffey, Jr. Autographed Signed Reds 16x20 Photo UDA #BAG08287
$199.00

MARINERS KEN GRIFFEY JR AUTHENTIC SIGNED CARD 1990 FLEER #513 PSA DNA SLABBED
$119.99

Ken Griffey Jr PSA DNA Autographed Starting Lineup Figure Signed SLU Mariners
$500.00

Ken Griffey Jr Signed 1997 Premier Concepts Card PSA DNA F13086
$200.00

Ken Griffey Jr. Framed Jersey Signed PSA DNA COA Autographed Seattle Mariners
$899.95

1989 Donruss Ken Griffey Jr Signed Auto Autograph PSA Certified
$75.00

GAI DNA KEN GRIFFEY JR SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED MINOR LEAGUE BECKETT
$49.95

KEN GRIFFEY JR SEATTLE MARINERS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED A.L. BASEBALL JSA COA #K52574
$169.97

Ken Griffey Jr. signed Seattle Mariners Mini Helmet UDA
$199.99

Ken Griffey Jr. 2005 GAME USED & Signed Cincinnati Reds Jersey PSA MEARS A00
$2,949.00

Ken Griffey Jr Autographed Signed Mariners Baseball Hat PSA DNA
$124.99

KEN GRIFFEY JR SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO PSA AUTHENTIC Q36538 SEATTLE MARINERS AUTOGRAPH
$185.00
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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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