Top 10 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Cards of All-Time

Top 10 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Cards of All-Time

When it comes to the modern hobby, there's nobody in baseball as beloved as Ken Griffey Jr. Even today, he's still one of the most collected players around. Being at the forefront of many of the trading card innovations from the 1990s, there's literally thousands of amazing Ken Griffey Jr. cards to choose from but our aim is to narrow that down to some of his very best.

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Here are ten Ken Griffey Jr. cards that have left a lasting impression on the hobby. Some may not be the rarest and others aren't the most valuable, but they all have made a major impact on collectors. The cards are listed in chronological order.

Top 10 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Cards

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1987 Bellingham Mariners Ken Griffey Jr. #15

Regarded as the earliest official Ken Griffey Jr. card, it shows "The Kid" with his first professional team, the Single-A Bellingham Mariners. Design-wise, little stands out for the team-issued card. Given its historical significance, it's reasonably priced. If you are interested in additional minor league options, view our detailed Ken Griffey Jr. Minor League and Pre-Rookie Card Guide.

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1989 Topps Traded Tiffany Ken Griffey Jr. #41T

The regular 1989 Topps Traded Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card suffers from being massively overproduced. However, the 1989 Topps Traded Tiffany Ken Griffey Jr. card benefits from a relatively limited print run (although not confirmed like some other Topps Tiffany sets, it's believed to be 15,000 copies) and a glossy finish.

1989 Topps sometimes has a negative association simply based on its plentiful quantities. That shouldn't take away from the fun look. It also has one of the best Griffey photos among his rookie-year cards. Fans of the Tiffany cards may also want to consider the 1989 Bowman Tiffany Ken Griffey Jr, which is more limited but not nearly as nice looking.

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1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. RC #1

It's not an understatement to say the 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. changed the hobby. The first card in the first official set from a company that pushed the boundaries of the hobby, it's one of the most iconic cards ever made. Sure, they may have been printed by the brick and they don't hold the same value as they once did but that doesn't make the 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. card any less classic. It is also the clear favorite among Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Cards.

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1993 Topps Finest Refractor Ken Griffey Jr. #110

It's hard to imagine the hobby today without Refractors. Topps launched the popular insert in 1993 with an extremely limited print run. Today, any 1993 Topps Finest Refractor is held in high regard. It just happens that Griffey's is held even higher than most.

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1994 Upper Deck Mickey Mantle/Ken Griffey Jr. Dual Autograph

Back in 1994, autograph cards were still relatively new and tough to come by. So when Upper Deck paired Griffey with Mickey Mantle, the dual autograph became an instant hobby classic. Limited to 1,000 copies, the card also comes in individually signed versions.

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1997 E-X2000 A Cut Above Ken Griffey Jr. #2

The mid- to late-1990s were filled with strange inserts. Few capture this more than 1997 E-X2000 A Cut Above. Inserted 1:288 packs, these extremely tough cards are die-cut into a circular saw blade. The shiny foil board add further flair. There are several other rare inserts from this era that could also be up for discussion, however, this particular Ken Griffey Jr. card mixes both the rarity and the look.

Also worth mentioning is the 1998 E-X2001 Destination Cooperstown Griffey. These inserts were even tougher, falling 1:720 packs. However, they don't have nearly the visual appeal of A Cut Above.

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1997 Flair Showcase Legacy Masterpieces Ken Griffey Jr. 1/1

Today, one-of-one cards are a part of nearly every set. Many of them no longer get much attention. But that wasn't always the case. When Fleer introduced one-of-a-kind cards in 1997 Flair Showcase Baseball, they stirred up lots of conversation. It was an acknowledgment that rarity was a driving factor in the hobby, with sets trying to outdo each other. Once Flair Showcase took the ultimate step, there was no turning back. The release featured a tiered base set where every player had three different cards: Row 0, Row 1 and Row 2. Numbering and style for each were different. Because of the tiered structure, each player also had three different one-of-one Masterpiece cards.

Not surprisingly, it was Griffey's cards who led the charge. According to BaseballCardPedia, a collector bought two of the cards shortly after release for nearly $30,000. The collector who pulled the third one-of-one allegedly turned down an offer of more than $20,000.

An image wasn't available, but here's Griffey's Row 1 base card. Masterpieces are noted by numbering on the back and purple foil lettering.

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1997 Upper Deck Baseball Game Jersey Ken Griffey Jr. #GJ1

Believe it or not, there was a small window of time when game-used jersey cards held tremendous value and appeal. For baseball collectors, memorabilia cards can be traced back to 1997 Upper Deck, which included one of three jersey cards every 800 packs. Tough in their own right, they became iconic for their part in launching one of the biggest trends in hobby history. While collectors still clamor for the Tony Gwynn and Rey Ordonez cards from the set, it's the Ken Griffey Jr. card that became the face of all the game-used baseball cards that followed.

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2004 Upper Deck Piece of History 500 Club Ken Griffey Jr.

With its elegant design and cross-generational checklist, Upper Deck's Piece of History 500 Club is one of the greatest insert sets the hobby has ever seen. How appropriate then that Griffey, the face of the company since the beginning, was added to the set in 2004.

Inserted randomly in boxes of 2004 Upper Deck Etchings, regular versions with a game-used bat piece are limited to 350 copies. Autographed bat versions are numbered to 25.

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2005 Upper Deck Reflections Dual Signature Ken Griffey Jr, Ken Griffey Sr.

Perhaps the greatest father-son combo to ever play the game, Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. even spent a little time playing together with the Mariners. Upper Deck paired up their signatures in 2005 Upper Deck Reflections. The card has several similar versions of varying rarity, including some with jersey swatches.

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Do you have a favorite Ken Griffey Jr. card? Feel free to comment below.

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

User Comments

  1. I will own one of the Griffey/Mantle auto cards one day! Hopefully in less than 5 years.

  2. I miss the days of collecting baseball cards. lets go back to the early 90s

  3. I have a 1998 Topps Gold Label HOME RUN RACE HR3 that is a RED LABEL, not a black or gold label, but have no idea where to find out what it is worth. Anyone help me?

  4. I have a griffey jr rookie card i can’t find it in any magazine or website. Anyone have a idea on how to price it?

  5. Louie (ID 70200) A card is only worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it. What is the year / brand of the card? Look in the small print on the back and see what year the card was copyrighted/printed. There are lots of unlicensed and oddball Griffey cards from manufacturers that tried to cash in on his popularity after his 1989 rookie year by making cards in the early 90’s that they incorrectly marked as rookie cards. The only way to find the “real” value of the card is to search completed auctions on eBay. If there are none, you’ve most likely misidentified the brand or year or the card simply isn’t worth much of anything. Though you can always take it into your local hobby shop just to be sure.

  6. Could this card really exists?

    I have never seen this listed any ware ..
    till it was listed on ebay last month.


    If it is really what is says this must be the card to own for the collector…

  7. Nice collection. I have some of these in my huge collection of Griffey Jr. and I am looking to sell it all. Cards, Starting Lineups, autographs, unique packs and items. I have two sons and it is time to sell and build their college funds. Let me know if you are interested or if you know anyone that might be interested. Thanks, Harry?

  8. I have a 1989/1990 Ken Griffey Jr card with stats on back. Printed by pepsi. Any one want it? What is value, I am not a collector. Found it, it’s the only card I have.

  9. Hey everyone i have a 1/1 2010/2011 heroes and prospects Ken Griffey Jr. In the game game used grandslam memorabilia the nike sign from batting glove.Wondering if anyone could estimate a value on it thanks

  10. Regarding the Top 10 Griffey cards, I have a question.

    On Ebay somebody’s selling a box of 1989 Topps RACK PACKS with the subtitle “Look for Griffey!”

    I thought his Topps rookie was a Topps Traded card. If so, the card could not possibly be found in a 1989 rack pack (Traded cards being printed BEFORE the regular 1989 set.)

    Am I wrong ?

  11. Mark Nolan You are correct. If they’re Topps rack packs, there’s no Griffey. He was in Donruss, Fleer and UD packs but only the Score and Topps traded box sets.

  12. I have a Ken GriffeyJr. Topps Rookies commemorative card #11 of 33 but it is uncut between Craig Worthington #28 and Omar Visquel #33. Is it worth less because it is in a “threesome” ?!!

  13. Hello

    I have been working on collecting the 2007 sp by the letter set of griffey jr’s last name, or at least I think? I have the R, and 2 E’s each Card is a print run to 20. I have never seen the G, F, I, or Y and can not find any where if they even exist. I have however seen those letters in the 2006 and I think 2008 by the letter griffey’s. I guess what I’m getting at do they exist? Or does the 2007 b.t.l griffey’s spell out R,E,D,S but then again I’ve never seen the d or s. Or is this part of the upper deck scam where they give redemption cards out that have expired or they claim they don’t have that card and send you something comparable (that’s happened to me 3 times) or am I supposed to get letters from different years to complete it? I’m sure that if they do exist its possible that I haven’t found them since each card only has a print run to 20, I’ve looked and looked can anyone help?

  14. Hi,
    I have a 2004 upper deck a piece of history 500 club GU bat / auto of Ken Griffey Jr. and find a pricing. Was wondering if this is because it rare and what the price of it might be

  15. The last 2 500 HR Club Auto’s sold for around $3400. I would be interested in the card and would pay more than that.
    If you still have the card please shoot me a message at


  16. I have 3 Ken Griffey cards. 1 is a 1989 Topps traded Ex 5 #41T, and two Mint one Dunruss 1989 graded Mint 8 with grade date and signature of grader number 33, other is Fleer graded Mint 9 number 548 with date and signature of grader. Please contact me if interested via email at

  17. 1989 UPPER DECK-

    Ken Griffey Jr.
    Full vivid color frontal, black & white Bob Welch on the backside.
    Any insight as to the rarity & possible value of this item?
    I’ve researched and up to this point I have been unsuccessful & have not seen another like it, so please any feedback is welcomed, thanks

  18. I have a Score baseball card–“The Griffeys” #41

    also Upper Deck “bloodlines” Ken, Craig and Ken Griffet, jr.

    Any value??? Thanks

  19. I have an untouched 1990 card of Ken Grifey Jr. Looks like he’d been in the league since 1987.. From Topps while he as with the Mariners. is it worth anything?

  20. is the donruss 33 ken Griffey jr rated card worth anything. its been in plastic since my grandfather got it and im not sure if its worth anything

  21. I have a, Lime Rock, Griffey Pride card showing two youngsters in Reds uniforms with Stats on one side and a hologram picture of Ken at bat on the other side. (sealed) Dated 1992. I’m not a collector. Can anybody tell me what its worth?

  22. I have an 2003 Upper Deck 40 Forty Man – KEN GRIFFEY JR Endorsements Auto card, hand numbered #21 of 33. I cannot find ANY information on the value of this card. Can anyone help? Ink is blue.

  23. Hello my name is Jessee. I have over 120 Ken Griffey Junior baseball cards. Along with some very valuable ones. Including 2 rookie cards and it at least four of the 10 most desired cards. I also have some other football cards.including Troy Aikman, Joe Montana, Emith Smith, Junior Seau, Jerry Rice, Barry Sanders rookie card, Barry Sanders rookie card. Mark McGwires 71st 24kt gold plated signed baseball card with paper with authorizing that it is indeed his signature and that its a real card. I think only like 100 were made.. I have no Idea any of its worth. Email me at jesseesoil at I’ll send u pictures if interested…. I prolly have about 500-1000 valuable cards that I collected as a teenager… I payed for each individual card that I have… But that was over 15 years ago. Looking forward to hearing from u

  24. I have 2 Ken Griffey Jr cards, #2 and #6 of 10. They are made by PKK products. Are they worth anything? I can’t find them in the beckett.

  25. I have Ken Griffey Jr number 1 Mariners upper deck 1989 rookie card in hard plac cover can you tell me how much its worth no mint and ungraded also i have a Ken Griffey Jr card number 88 1998 flair extra edition can you tell me how much it is worth its a legends of the day card in hard plastic cover as well ungraded please email me at Ladytj 318 @

  26. I have this fluke Ken Griffey Jr unopened baseball card with bubble gum still in it. A friend sent it to me from west coast in late 80’s and I didn’t know who Griffey was so I threw it in a collection box, cause I liked the sender. I came across it recently, and it is pristine condition, still sealed.

    If anyone is interested drop me an

  27. Trying to figure out how much a Ken Griffey Jr rookie autographed card would be worth. Where is a good place to sell them in Austin TX? A lot of other cards… All in mint condition, have been in hard plastic covers.

  28. Anyone have any link or anything that would show Griffey’s top 10-20 inserts of all-time?

  29. Have a 2005 upper deck reflections promo card of griffey–this card was aquired in price guide-very rare card which I haven’t seen ever for sale. card#28. Can you send me information on card and if it’s worth anything Thanks George PS–I believe only a few of these cards exist–please enlighten me

  30. I have thousands of Baseball cards that I had bought for both of my sons. My oldest son passed away at 31 leaving behind 5 children. I want to sell these cards of his to put into a fund for them. How do I go about organizing them and getting them out there? I have a couple of these Ken Griffey Jr that are listed on this page. A signed Will Clark, Dave Justice, Edgar Martinez, Chet Lemon, Kevin Belcher, Greg Vaughn..thousands more..where do I start. Thanks

  31. Anyone know anything about the 89 Starburst Griffey??? I can’t find anything on them.

  32. I have about 30 -40 Ken Griffey jr and Ken Griffey Sr. Badeball cards. Wanting to sell. Anyone interested? Call me at 361-460-1253

  33. We have two un-cut sheets of cards from ALRAK Enterprises from 1992. Signed by ken Griffey Jr.
    There are about 55 cards total. I would like an expert opinion on the value and I’m interested in selling them. Any opinions welcome.

  34. We have two un-cut sheets of cards from ALRAK Enterprises from 1992. Signed by ken Griffey Jr.
    There are about 55 cards total. I would like an expert opinion on the value and I’m interested in selling them. Any opinions welcome. Call me: 425-868-0636


  35. I have a Ken Griffey Sr Limited Edition 3 card Hologram set dated 1992. I am ready to let it go but don’t know where to start. Any help?

  36. I have Ken Griffey to make the majors card. Maybe this site is interested in it.

  37. I know his retirement card is offered for trading but its an unknown swing that out bids his father legacy eventually only one knows when .

  38. I have a POST 1991 collector series MLB Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle Marines 11 of 30 baseball card autographed on the back in blue ink and cannot for the life of me find the value online please help

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