Ken Griffey Jr Card and Memorabilia Guide

Ken Griffey Jr.

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


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 Bowman #220 KEN GRIFFEY JR. Rookie card lot X6 NrMt-Mt

1989 Bowman Ken Griffey Jr #220 Rookie Gem Mint 10


1998 (BB) Donruss Preferred #1 Ken Griffey Jr. EX

1994 Stadium Club First Day Issue #85 Ken Griffey Jr. 2000

1999 (BB) Bowman Chrome International #52 Ken Griffey Jr.

1999 (BB) Aurora Kings of the Major Leagues #9 Ken Griffey Jr.

2009 Upper Deck UD Game Materials Game Jersey Ken Griffey Jr Mariners Reds

1998 Donruss Preferred #1 Ken Griffey Jr. EX Card MINT Seattle Mariners

2562* 1989 Fleer # 548 Ken Griffey Jr RC MINT

2007 Topps Turkey Red Chrome Ken Griffey Jr. #150 Serial # 1568 of 1999

2007 Topps Turkey Red Ken Griffey Jr. #150b Ad Back SP

2006 Artifacts MLB Game-Used Apparel #KG Ken Griffey Jr. JERSEY 131 325

1989 Ken Griffey Jr Upper Deck RC #1... Graded BGS 9.5 Gem Mint w 10 Centering

KEN GRIFFEY JR. 2006 UD SP Authentic Chirography Signatures Autograph 75 AUTO
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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

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Ken Griffey Jr Hand Signed 8X10 Photo JSA COA

Ken Griffey Jr. Autographed Signed 1992 Donruss Card #165 PSA DNA #83525934

Ken Griffey Jr. Autographed Signed 1989 Fleer Rookie Card #548 PSA DNA #83525925

Ken Griffey Jr. Autographed Signed 1989 Fleer Rookie Card #548 PSA DNA #83525924

Ken Griffey Jr. Autographed Signed 1989 Donruss Rookie Card PSA DNA #83525914

Ken Griffey, Jr. & Alex Rodriguez Autographed Signed 8x10 Photo PSA DNA #T98925

Ken Griffey Jr. signed auto autographed Louisville Slugger black game bat UDA

Ken Griffey Jr signed OMLB baseball UDA hologram & coa Upper Deck COA BAH0567

Ken Griffey Jr JSA Certifed Signed Autograph OML Bobby Brown Baseball Mariners

Ken Griffey Jr & Alex Rodriguez Dual Signed Photo 8x10 Mariners PSA DNA

Ken Griffey Jr Autographed Signed Cut Mariners PSA DNA #S39088

Ken Griffey, Jr. & Alex Rodriguez Autographed Signed AL Baseball PSA DNA #J12198

Ken Griffey Jr UDA Signed Auto Mlb Baseball

1989 Fleer Ken Griffey Jr Signed Rookie Autograph PSA DNA 9 Mint!

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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. 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.

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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