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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1988 San Bernardino Ken Griffey jr PSA 8
$25.00
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Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Cards
$23.00
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Ken Griffey Jr. Johnny Bench game-used Jerseys
$16.99
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1999 FLEER #3 KEN GRIFFEY JR. PSA 10 GEM MINT
$12.97
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1997 DONRUSS #269 KEN GRIFFEY JR. PSA 10 GEM MINT Seattle Mariners
$12.97
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KEN GRIFFEY JR MARINERS 2008 TOPPS STADIUM CLUB 1 1 SKETCH CARD BECKETT 9 GRADED
$599.99
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ken griffey jr. 1989 score card #100t score traded rare hot inv170
$7.49
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ken griffey jr. 1989 fleer card #548 rare hot inv169
$7.49
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ken griffey jr. 1989 donruss card #33 rare hot inv168
$5.99
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1996 BLEACHERS 23KT GOLD KEN GRIFFEY JR. MARINERS
$5.99
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1995 CLASSIC KEN GRIFFEY JR $10 PHONE CARD+RARE BRONZE VARIANT UNOPEN PACKS (2)
$6.99
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ken griffey jr. 1989 donruss card #33 rookie
$7.49
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LOT OF 9 1991 Pepsi Cola Ken Griffey Jr BASEBALL CARDS New UNGRADED!
$8.99
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Vintage 1989 Ken Griffey Jr Gregg Jefferies Erik Hanson Rookie Cards Pack Fresh!
$9.99
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Sealed Ken Griffey Jr Baseball Card Frame Pack Holiday Birthday Gift Get Graded!
$10.00
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1993 Donruss Dominators 9-10 Ken Griffey Jr. Mariners OF NM-MT Major Leagues Mod
$5.25
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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. SEATTLE MARINERS SIGNED PROLINE MLB JERSEY PSA DNA AUTHENTICITY
$375.00
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KEN GRIFFEY JR SEATTLE MARINERS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL JSA K 52575
$169.99
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KEN GRIFFEY JR CHICAGO WHITE SOX SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL JSA K 52582
$169.98
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Ken Griffey Jr signed auto PSA DNA Mariners Authentic baseball Bat autographed
$319.99
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Ken Griffey Jr signed 8x10 photo Seattle Mariners UDA hologram BAE97187 no card
$159.00
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Ken Griffey Jr signed auto PSA DNA Rawlings Heart Hide USA HOH Glove PRO-TB
$349.99
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KEN GRIFFEY, JR. Signed Autographed Major League Ball Baseball PSA DNA U53120
$141.00
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KEN GRIFFEY JR SIGNED AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL PSA LETTER OF AUTHENTICTY F67019
$145.00
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Steiner Sports Ken Griffey Jr Signed American Leauge Baseball with COA
$49.99
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KEN GRIFFEY JR SIGNED 8X10 HOLOGRAM PHOTO JSA HOLOGRAM & COA D60790 AUTOGRAPH
$155.00
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Ken Griffey Jr. Signed Official Rawlings American League Baseball PSA DNA Auto
$124.24
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Ken Griffey Jr JSA Spence COA Auto Autograph Signed Ball Baseball Reds Mariners
$129.00
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Ken Griffey Jr Signed Autographed OAL Baseball PSA DNA # X22036 Mariners Reds
$99.00
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Ken Griffey Jr. Signed Mariners 8x10 Photo Authentic Autograph JSA #J75821
$149.99
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Ken Griffey Jr. Signed Mariners 8x10 Photo Authentic Autograph PSA DNA #T98924
$149.99
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Ken Griffey Jr. Signed Mariners 8x10 Photo Authentic Autograph PSA DNA #T98929
$149.99
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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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