It’s tough being a Ken Griffey Jr. collector. If you really want to make your collection one of a kind, you have to spend hours of your life on eBay fighting off other rabid fans for a unique item. It’s not at all uncommon to see a 90’s insert featuring “The Kid” sell for a thousand dollars.
Luckily, his 1989 releases have all come back down to Earth in the last decade or so thanks to the “junk wax” label given to most of those brands, even Upper Deck. You can actually find raw copies of Griffey Jr.’s Upper Deck, Topps, Donruss, and Fleer rookie cards for a few of dollars a piece at most.
Just try to find a few of Albert Pujols’ 2001 releases for under $500 a piece. It’s impossible thanks to certified autographs, serial numbered parallels, and other new innovations that came to be after Griffey Jr. played in his first game with Seattle.
The card you see below comes from 1989 Franklin Caramel. While there are no print runs or even basic information on the set available through Sports Collectors Digest’s 2009 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards, copies have sold for under $10 dollars on eBay.
In case you think all we baseball collectors see is retro-themed products, this 1989 release was modeled after 1910’s E93 Standard Caramel cards. Other players in the set include Jim Abbott, Mickey Mantle, Rickey Henderson, Willie Mays, and Don Mattingly to name a few.
Everything old is new again . . .