22 Years, 22 Cards, 1 Ken Griffey Jr.

22 Years, 22 Cards, 1 Ken Griffey Jr.

After 22 seasons, Ken Griffey Jr. announced his retirement from the game of baseball on Wednesday. There are those who will ultimately ask the question "what if?", a question that asks 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 nearly every other slugger of his era, he chose not to do steroids to stay relevant in his 30's. 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.


1989-1989 Upper Deck #1 Ken Griffey Jr. RC ($40)


1990-1990 Leaf Previews #4 Ken Griffey Jr. ($125)


1991- 1991 Arena Holograms #AU2 Ken Griffey Jr. AU/ 2500 ($75)


1992- 1992 Classic/ Best Autographs #AU1 Ken Griffey Jr./ 3100 ($100)


1993- 1993 Finest Refractors #110 Ken Griffey Jr. AS ! ($400)


1994- 1994 Upper Deck #GM1 Griffey AU/ Mantle AU/ 1000 ($900)


1995- 1995 Leaf Heading for the Hall #2 Ken Griffey Jr. ($20)


1996- 1996 SPx #KGA1 Ken Griffey Jr. Auto ($250)


1997- 1997 UD3 Superb Signatures #2 Ken Griffey Jr. ($175)


1998- 1998 Upper Deck Retro Sign of the Times #KGJ Ken Griffey Jr./ 100 ($250)


1999- 1999 Upper Deck Challengers for 70 Swinging for the Fences Autograph #JR Ken Griffey Jr. ($120)


2000- 2000 Upper Deck Game Jersey Autograph #HKG K.Griffey Jr. Reds ($150)


2001- 2001 Upper Deck Legends Legendary Lumber Autographs #SLKG Ken Griffey Jr. ($120)


2002- 2002 Sweet Spot Signatures #KG Ken Griffey Jr./ 291 ($150)


2003- 2003 SP Authentic Chirography Doubles #JI K.Griffey/ I.Suzuki/ 125 ($600)


2004- 2004 SP Game Used Patch Significant Numbers Autograph Dual #KG Ken Griffey Jr. ($250)


2005- 2005 Ultimate Signature Immortal Inscriptions #KG K.Griffey Jr. Junior/ 99 ($500)


2006- 2006 SP Authentic Chirography Dual #PG Ken Griffey Jr./ Albert Pujols (NA)


2007- 2007 Upper Deck Premier Stitchings Autographs #22 Ken Griffey Jr. (NA)


2008- 2008 Sweet Spot Signatures Ken Griffey Jr. #KG6 Ken Griffey Jr. 1997 AL MVP/ 300 ($80)


2009- 2009 Ultimate Collection Ultimate Dual Signatures #UDS24 Bo Jackson/ Ken Griffey Jr./ 72 ($120)


2010- 2010 Topps National Chicle #17 Ken Griffey Jr. ($1.50)

Top eBay Listings

1989 UPPER DECK BASEBALL HIGH # FOIL SEALED 36 PACK x 20 BOX CASE GRIFFEY SMOLTZ
$2,195.00

1989 Upper Deck Baseball Complete Set 1-800 Ken Griffey Jr Rookie
$40.00

1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr Rookie #1 Mint 9
$99.00

1989 classic travel update #131 KEN GRIFFEY JR seattle mariners rookie PSA 8.5
$16.00

1989 UPPER DECK KEN GRIFFEY JR & BO JACKSON FB + 1984 FLEER MATTINGLY ROOKIE LOT
$59.99

1989 Upper Deck Complete FACTORY SEALED Set Wrapped Griffey Jr.(RC)Johnson(RC)++
$64.99

1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card RC #1 Mint
$24.99

1989 Upper Deck Complete Set Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie EX
$55.00
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Ken Griffey Jr. 2012 SportKings Series E - GU Jersey Auto SP 15 MARINERS REDS
$219.99

Ken Griffey Jr AUTO American League (Brown) Baseball, Beckett COA
$150.00

Ken Griffey Jr Mariners Reds HOF Autographed Auto Baseball Figure PSA + Case
$104.50

2016 Panini Pantheon Ken Griffey Jr Milestone Scripts auto #’d 1 5 Mariners
$199.99

2012 SP Signature Edition KEN GRIFFEY JR RANDY JOHNSON HERNANDEZ SMOAK AUTO 8 10
$349.00

KEN GRIFFEY Jr 2016 TOPPS TRIPLE THREADS AUTO Reds HOF Moeller High School 5 9
$399.99

2016 Topps Five Star Ken Griffey Jr Emerald Auto #1 5 BGS 9.5 10
$338.00

2016 Immaculate Diamond Inscriptions KEN GRIFFEY, JR MIKE PIAZZA AUTO 25 HOF
$399.95
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KEN GRIFFEY,JR 2002 UD SUPERSTAR SLAM GAME USED JERSEY
$7.99

Ken Griffey Jr Autographed Signed Cinn. Reds Jersey Upper Deck With COA, MINT!!!
$400.00

KEN GRIFFEY,JR 2002 UD 40-MAN SUPPER SWATCHES GAME USED JERSEY#102 250 REDS
$8.69

Ken Griffey Jr. 2012 SportKings Series E - GU Jersey Auto SP 15 MARINERS REDS
$219.99

Ken Griffey Jr Signed Autographed Replica Jersey HOF 16 Inscription TRISTAR
$699.99

Ken Griffey Jr Signed Autographed Replica Teal Jersey HOF 16 Inscription TRISTAR
$699.99

Ken Griffey Jr Signed Autographed Replica 1990s Jersey HOF 16 Inscrip TRISTAR
$699.99

KEN GRIFFEY JR, CINCINNATI REDS, UPPER DECK MINI JERSEY
$0.01
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Brett is a former contributor to The Cardboard Connection.

User Comments

  1. I would also have to add the 1992 Donruss Elite Griffey… I think it is the first Griffey to be serial numbered out of the major manufacturers. #’d/10,000

  2. @Vessie: nice call on the Elite!

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