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

1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Graded BGS 8
$18.55

1996 Bowman's Best Cuts Atomic Refractors Ken Griffey Jr #1 "UNCUT" VERY RARE!
$275.00

1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Graded BGS 7
$15.17

2000 SP GAME USED PIECE OF THE GAME BAT CARD KEN GRIFFEY JR REDS MINT
$29.99

2001 KEN GRIFFEY JR ETOPPS IN-HAND CHROME-LIKE
$15.99

2015 Topps Gypsy Queen Ken Griffey Jr. Mini Book 3 Color Patch Auto # 11 25 nmmt
$375.00

1997 PINNACLE CERTIFIED MIRROR RED KEN GRIFFEY JR 1 90
$66.49

Ken Griffey Jr. Limited 1997 Upper Deck Gold Glove card 5000 MINT!
$9.50

2000 Upper Deck SPX AUTO Ken Griffey Jr. - on card
$199.00

1991 Bleachers Ken Griffey Jr. 23kt Gold 3 Card Set Uncut Sheet "Rare" Mint Cond
$17.99

1989 GRADED KEN GRIFFEY JR UPPER DECK BECKETT MINT 9
$36.00

Ken Griffey Jr baseball card plaque
$5.00

P903 - 18 ct lot of Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle Mariners Cincinnati Reds Cards MINT
$7.14

P905 - 18 ct lot of Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle Mariners Cincinnati Reds Cards MINT
$7.14

P143 - 18 ct lot of Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle Mariners Cincinnati Reds Cards MINT
$7.14

P141 - 18 ct lot of Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle Mariners Cincinnati Reds Cards MINT
$7.14
« Previous1234

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

1989 upper deck KEN GRIFFEY JR. auto PSA DNA 10 signed #1 rookie RC autographed
$499.99

KEN GRIFFEY JR. MARINERS REDS WHITE SOX SINGLE SIGNED BASEBALL JSA
$175.00

KEN GRIFFEY JR SIGNED 8X10 HOLOGRAPHIC PHOTO JSA HOLOGRAM & COA J67897 AUTOGRAPH
$155.00

KEN GRIFFEY JR SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO UDA AUTHENTIC BAE63378 SEATTLE MARINERS AUTO
$239.00

Ken Griffey Jr. signed baseball UDA hologram & coa BAD28823 Mariners autograph
$249.00

Ken Griffey Jr signed American League baseball Uda hologram & coa Upper Deck
$239.00

KEN GRIFFEY JR SIGNED AL BASEBALL UDA AUTHENTIC BAF48819 UPPER DECK MARINERS HOF
$269.00

1989 Topps Traded #41T Ken Griffey Jr. PSA DNA Autograph Signed RC Mariners HOF
$189.99

Ken Griffey Jr. signed baseball UDA hologram & coa BAH05848 Mariners autograph
$259.00

1989 Upper Deck #1 Ken Griffey Jr Rookie RC Signed PSA DNA 10 GEM MINT AUTO
$305.51

Ken Griffey, Jr. Autographed Signed Rainiers M&N Jersey UDA #BAF72607
$595.00

Ken Griffey, Jr. Autographed Signed ICAP Hat PSA DNA #S76451
$99.00

Ken Griffey Jr Signed Game Used Moeller High School Baseball Jersey JSA!!!
$17,995.00

Ken Griffey Jr signed auto UDA jersey Reds Upper Deck Authenticated Mariners
$299.95

KEN GRIFFEY JR (Mariners)signed autographed 8x10 Photo-JSA #I30653
$149.00

KEN GRIFFEY JR UPPER DECK UDA SIGNED WITH BATTING GLOVES FRAMED
$199.00
« Previous12345

 |  E-Mail Author | 
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. In more recent years 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 or Google+.

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!

    Leave a Comment:

MENU