Card of the Day: Spyder Webb 1987 Bellingham Mariners Team Issue #16

How To Spot A Fake Ken Griffey, Jr. 1988 ProCards Vermont Mariners Card

“The Kid” has one of the largest collecting bases in the hobby.  His rookies from Topps, Bowman, Donruss, and Upper Deck will always be at the core of any collection.

Before Ken Griffey, Jr. had rookie cards made by the major manufacturers in 1989, he had a handful of minor league cards issued first.  Some of these minor league “rookies” have more of a demand than any traditional rookie card featuring him in a Seattle Mariners uniform.  Like almost everything, it comes down to rarity and condition.

Although its not his most valuable minor league card, Ken Griffey, Jr.’s 1988 ProCards Vermont Mariners #NNO is still one collectors like to own.  This was his last minor league card.  ProCards made a 27-card set for the Vermont Mariners in 1988.  That set did not contain a Griffey.  A Ken Griffey, Jr. card was issued later on that year as a promotional piece.  Compared to the regular set, the Griffey card is basically the same except it has a very distinct red border, and doesn’t have a card number.  The main set has a silver border.

Ken Griffey, Jr.’s 1988 ProCards Vermont Mariners #NNO is one of his most affordable minor league cards.  But you still need to be careful when buying one.  Whether they were reissued a few years later or just straight up counterfeit, many non-authentic versions of this card exist.

To the untrained eye, its very easy to mistake a non-authentic card for the real thing.  Pictured above is an authentic card.  Below is a counterfeit.  Real examples have terrible centering.  Fake ones almost always have good centering.  Take a look at the text on the real card.  The words “KEN GRIFFEY OF” are printed in small/bold font.  Those same words on the fake card are printed using slightly larger font that isn’t bold.  Thicker font was also used on the fake card for the words “VERMONT MARINERS”.  The space between the bottom of the real card and the words “VERMONT MARINERS” is much larger too versus the fake one.

Mariners ’17 Topps Gypsy Queen Auto Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to Bradley M. on being the lucky winner of the Pat Venditte 2017 Topps Gypsy Queen Auto.  Once Bradley M. sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Mariners ’98 Donruss Signature Series Auto Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to FLAME on being the lucky winner of the Ken Cloude 1998 Donruss Signature Series Auto.  Once FLAME sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Mariners ’17 Topps Series 1 Jersey Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to zagrapanjc on being the lucky winner of the Robinson Cano 2017 Topps Series 1 Major League Material Jersey.  Once zagrapanjc sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

“Pin-Up” of the Week: Jamie Moyer 2002 Seattle Mariners 25th Anniversary Pin

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At age 49, Jamie Moyer has signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies.  Fans will be able to watch him during Spring Training as he tries to make the roster.  In 2010 he got injured and ended up missing the entire 2011 season.  Everyone thought it might have been the end of his playing days, but that’s not the case.  Moyer is one of those likable guys in baseball.  I hope he makes the roster.

This pin was made in honor of the Seattle Mariners 25th Anniversary back in 2002.  At the time Moyer was pitching for them.  When one finds it’s way up for sale, they aren’t that expensive.

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I was lucky to meet Jamie Moyer during the March, 2011 Philly Show.  Moyer made his MLB debut the exact day I was born – 6/16/86.