Topps Gains A Friend As Upper Deck Loses One

In 2012 collectors can look for Ken Griffey, Jr autographs to starting popping out of their Topps packs.  That’s right, I said Topps.  Topps landed a deal with “The Kid” and his first Topps autographs will be included in ’12 Tribute and ’12 Gypsy Queen.

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For years Upper Deck products were the only place you could pull a Griffey, Jr autograph.  With Upper Deck’s baseball card making days in the past, and Topps having the only MLB license, it makes perfect sense why they would sign him.

Having this kind of news come out today is just another indication of how Upper Deck is falling apart.  I don’t know how they’re surviving.  Hockey and soccer must really be bringing in the dough.  I hope they can hold on and regain their baseball license once again because I think Upper Deck makes extremely good looking products.  It’s been awhile since I’ve opened an Upper Deck product at all.

I’d like to see Leaf make a deal with “The Kid”.  He has an excellent fan base where a product like Pete Rose Legacy would work.  In addition to that, I’m sure nobody would be apposed to seeing a Griffey, Jr signed Valiant card.  His Crusade inserts are some of the most popular from the 90’s.  Can you imagine what an autographed version would be worth?  Many people say unlicensed baseball products just don’t work.  I respectfully disagree.  They can be quite successful as long as the manufacturer doesn’t go about making them as if they were licensed.  You have to go at it with a unique perspective in mind.  Leaf does this very well.

The card pictured below just screams irony 🙂

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Card of the Day: Ken Griffey, Jr 1989 Topps Traded RC #41T

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Griffey Watch!

The first Ken Griffey, Jr autographed 1989 Upper Deck rookie #’ed/89 has surfaced on eBay.  Right now it is selling for $1,110.00 with 12 bids.  This has to be one of the coolest cards created within the last 20 years.  I’m sure it will go much higher.

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Griffey Collectors, Start Your Engines

How would you like to be one of the lucky 89 people to pull one of these Ken Griffey, Jr 1989 Upper Deck buyback autographed rookie cards?  Ken Griffey, Jr is one of the most collected baseball players in the hobby and collectors go crazy over his stuff.  The first 13 cards are going to be signed in black ink, and the remaining 76 will be signed in blue.  This card reminds me of the Michael Jordan 86-87 Fleer buyback autographed rookie that you see popup for sale sometimes.  These will be inserted into packs on 2009 Upper Deck baseball.  If your a Griffey collector, prepare to dig deep in your pockets for one of these.

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What if it didn’t catch on?

Did you ever stop to think what would have happened to the sports card industry if the memorabilia card never really caught on with collectors?  When the first memorabilia cards hit the market back in 1997 people were so caught up in the insert card craze and went nuts over any type of die-cut, low numbered card of their favorite player.  I think many collectors will agree that the 1990’s had some of the best insert cards that the hobby has ever seen, but what do you think the hobby would be like today without memorabilia cards?  I wonder what type of insert cards Topps, Upper Deck, and Donruss/Playoff would have inserted into all those packs that have been made in the last 11 years instead of memorabilia cards?  If card companies only made a few memorabilia cards per year instead of the thousands they do now, I bet more people would be thrilled to pull a one color jersey card of a player.  Collectors in today’s hobby aren’t even thrilled if they pull a jersey card of Derek Jeter or Alex Rodriguez due to the overproduction of these types of cards.  Back in 1997 pulling a jersey card of Ken Griffey, Jr was equal to pulling a Babe Ruth or Honus Wagner memorabilia card of today.  The problem is that when something like the memorabilia card was introduced, it became so successful every company wanted in on it, and thought the more they made the better.

Card of the Day #48

Ken Griffey, Jr 1989 Upper Deck Rookie