2009 Topps Ken Griffey, Jr.
His smile set the world on fire in 1989 when he was selected to be the first card in Upper Deck’s inaugural set, so it’s only fitting to have a smiling Griffey Jr. in my Reds 2009 Topps “fun cards” set. He was traded to the White Sox midway through the 2008 season, and signed with the Mariners as a free agent in 2009. Griffey recently re-inked with Seattle and may play his final big league season in 2010. I know many of you are sick of Junior, but I will be sad when he says goodbye.
In his 9 seasons with the Reds, Griffey hit 210 home runs, including the 400th, 500th, and 600th of his career; he only the fourth player in baseball history to legitimately hit 600 home runs (Jim Thome may be the next–and possibly the last–36 longballs from the mark). His career since 2000 can only be seen as disappointing when viewed in light of his first 11 years in the big leagues.