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2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Ken Griffey Jr.

2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Ken Griffey Jr.

Topps’ All-Rookie Team means a lot of different things to a lot of different collectors.  But, one thing is for certain – If your card is tagged with the All-Rookie Team logo, you did something during your first season in the big leagues to make yourself stand out from the rest.

And for that reason alone, I can totally support a set of cards that picks ‘The Best Of The Best’ from these teams.

In 2014, Topps issued a subset in their Series 1 release that took one player at each position, naming them to the ‘Topps All Rookie Cup Team’.

Representing the catcher is Ken Griffey:

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Ken Griffey Jr. has a lot of lofty expectations placed on him prior to his first at-bat as a major league player.

And during his debut season, he did not disappoint.  He played in 127 games for the Mariners during his rookie campaign.

The numbers:  120 hits, .264 batting average, .329 on-base percentage, 23 doubles, 16 home runs, 16 stolen bases, 61 runs scored, 61 RBI.

A very solid debut for Junior!

1989 HEADLINE: Ken Griffey Jr. Hits First Big League Home Run!!!

1989 HEADLINE: Ken Griffey Jr. Hits First Big League Home Run!!!

During the collecting days of my youth, I cannot recall a rookie that received more attention from the hobby than Ken Griffey Jr.  And it all started before he suited up for one game.  Now I saw my share of rookie phenoms – Dwight Gooden, Roger Clemens, Jerome Walton…  But none of these guys carried the hobby prior to making their major league debuts.

But Griffey did!!!

So when Junior stepped to the plate in just the 7th game of his big league career and belted a home run to deep left field, collectors around the world sighed.   At home, and in front of close to 34,000 fans, Griffey launched home run #1 off of White Sox pitcher Eric King.  And as they say, the rest was history…

Today, Griffey sits in 5th place on the all-time home run list with 630.  Exactly 30 homers behind one of his baseball idols, Willie Mays.

Happy Anniversary to ‘The Kid’!!!

1989 HEADLINE: Ken Griffey Jr. Hits First Big League Home Run!!!

1989 HEADLINE: Ken Griffey Jr. Hits First Big League Home Run!!!

During the collecting days of my youth, I cannot recall a rookie that received more attention from the hobby than Ken Griffey Jr.  And it all started before he suited up for one game.  Now I saw my share of rookie phenoms – Dwight Gooden, Roger Clemens, Jerome Walton…  But none of these guys carried the hobby prior to making their major league debuts.

But Griffey did!!!

So when Junior stepped to the plate in just the 7th game of his big league career and belted a home run to deep left field, collectors around the world sighed.   At home, and in front of close to 34,000 fans, Griffey launched home run #1 off of White Sox pitcher Eric King.  And as they say, the rest was history…

Today, Griffey sits in 5th place on the all-time home run list with 630.  Exactly 30 homers behind one of his baseball idols, Willie Mays, Griffey has an outside shot to catch Mays this year if he can get enough at-bats and remain healthy.

Happy Anniversary to ‘The Kid’!!!

Ken Griffey Jr. 2008 Topps ‘Trading Card History’

Ken Griffey Jr. 2008 Topps ‘Trading Card History’

Ah, the 1966 Topps baseball card design.  That design has cost me quite a few dollars over the years – from the Fergie Jenkins rookie to the Jim Palmer rookie to the Billy Williams short print.

Thankfully, I love the design and consider some of these cards as my personal favorites of my entire collection.

When I saw this card of Ken Griffey Jr. and that it was based on the 1966 design, I immediately scooped it up.

As a vintage fan, this one looks like it could have been issued in 1966. 

Thankfully it did not come with a price tag that reflected that era!!!

1989 Headline: Griffey Jr. Hits First Big League Home Run!!!

1989 Headline: Griffey Jr. Hits First Big League Home Run!!!

During the collecting days of my youth, I cannot recall a rookie that received more attention from the hobby than Ken Griffey Jr.  And it all started before he suited up for one game.  Now I saw my share of rookie phenoms – Dwight Gooden, Roger Clemens, Jerome Walton…  But none of these guys carried the hobby prior to making their major league debuts.

But Griffey did!!!

So when Junior stepped to the plate in just the 7th game of his big league career and belted a home run to deep left field, collectors around the world sighed.   At home, and in front of close to 34,000 fans, Griffey launched home run #1 off of White Sox pitcher Eric King.  And as they say, the rest was history…

Today, Griffey sits in 5th place on the all-time home run list with 630.  Exactly 30 homers behind one of his baseball idols, Willie Mays, Griffey has an outside shot to catch Mays this year if he can get enough at-bats and remain healthy.

Happy Anniversary to ‘The Kid’!!!

My First Time – Ken Griffey, Jr. – April 3, 1989

My First Time – Ken Griffey, Jr. – April 3, 1989

The Setting – Oakland-Alameda Coliseum.  Oakland, CA.

From Griffey – “We got to Oakland, and man am I nervous.  Dave Stewart’s on the mound, and he could have rolled the ball up there, I would have swung.  Somehow, I got a hit.”

The Boxscore – A’s 3, Mariners 2.  Griffey goes 1-for-3 and also draws a walk.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – 1990 Topps Ken Griffey, Jr.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #4 – 1990 Topps Ken Griffey, Jr.

Are you kidding me?  A second-year Ken Griffey Jr. baseball card for just ten cents?

I quickly added this card to my stack and kept a sharp eye out to see if I could find any more.  And while I didn’t add any other Griffeys to my stack, I am very pleased that I was able to rescue this one!!!

1989 Headline: Griffey Jr. Hits First Big League Home Run!!!

1989 Headline: Griffey Jr. Hits First Big League Home Run!!!

During the collecting days of my youth, I cannot recall a rookie that received more attention from the hobby than Ken Griffey Jr.  And it all started before he suited up for one game.  Now I saw my share of rookie phenoms – Dwight Gooden, Roger Clemens, Jerome Walton…  But none of these guys carried the hobby prior to making their major league debuts.

But Griffey did!!!

So when Junior stepped to the plate in just the 7th game of his big league career and belted a home run to deep left field, collectors around the world sighed.   At home, and in front of close to 34,000 fans, Griffey launched home run #1 off of White Sox pitcher Eric King.  And as they say, the rest was history…

Today, Griffey sits in 5th place on the all-time home run list with 630.  Exactly 30 homers behind one of his baseball idols, Willie Mays, Griffey has an outside shot to catch Mays this year if he can get enough at-bats and remain healthy.

Happy Anniversary to ‘The Kid’!!!