After 22 seasons, Ken Griffey Jr. officially announced his retirement from the game of baseball. There are those who will ultimately ask what type of numbers he could have accumulated had it not been for injuries. Within that very question lies the essence and greatness of Junior.
Injuries are inevitable and unavoidable, but unlike many top sluggers of his era, he chose not to do steroids to stay relevant in his 30s. The only "what if" is what kind of numbers he could have put up had he cheated? A question that tells you everything you need to know about the greatness of Griffey.
Injuries may have cost Griffey much of the second half of his career, but he gave us 22 years worth of memories that were real and can never be taken from us. Below, we capture a card from each of Griffey's 22 seasons.
Ken Griffey Jr Cards Over the Years (1989-2010)
1989 Upper Deck #1 Ken Griffey Jr. RC
1990 Leaf Previews #4 Ken Griffey Jr.
1991 Arena Holograms #AU2 Ken Griffey Jr. AU/ 2500
1992 Classic/ Best Autographs #AU1 Ken Griffey Jr./ 3100
1993 Finest Refractors #110 Ken Griffey Jr. AS
1994 Upper Deck #GM1 Griffey AU/ Mantle AU/ 1000
1995 Leaf Heading for the Hall #2 Ken Griffey Jr.
1996 SPx #KGA1 Ken Griffey Jr. Auto
1997 UD3 Superb Signatures #2 Ken Griffey Jr.
1998 Upper Deck Retro Sign of the Times #KGJ Ken Griffey Jr./ 100
1999 Upper Deck Challengers for 70 Swinging for the Fences Autograph #JR Ken Griffey Jr.
2000 Upper Deck Game Jersey Autograph #HKG K.Griffey Jr. Reds
2001 Upper Deck Legends Legendary Lumber Autographs #SLKG Ken Griffey Jr.
2002 Sweet Spot Signatures #KG Ken Griffey Jr./ 291
2003 SP Authentic Chirography Doubles #JI K.Griffey/ I.Suzuki/ 125
2004 SP Game Used Patch Significant Numbers Autograph Dual #KG Ken Griffey Jr.
2005 Ultimate Signature Immortal Inscriptions #KG K.Griffey Jr. Junior/ 99
2006 SP Authentic Chirography Dual #PG Ken Griffey Jr./ Albert Pujols
2007 Upper Deck Premier Stitchings Autographs #22 Ken Griffey Jr.
2008 Sweet Spot Signatures Ken Griffey Jr. #KG6 Ken Griffey Jr. 1997 AL MVP/ 300
2009 Ultimate Collection Ultimate Dual Signatures #UDS24 Bo Jackson/ Ken Griffey Jr./ 72
2010 Topps National Chicle #17 Ken Griffey Jr.
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