Steve Gierman of the awesome White Sox Cards blog does a great job with “Birth Year Cards.” I didn’t even think to check to see if he had a Ken Griffey Jr. BYC, but he sent this to me last week. The card originally appeared on his blog in 2010. It looks great! Junior has appeared on the 1969 design before; Baseball Cards Magazine made a card for him in 1990, and Topps included him in the 4-in-1 Stickers insert in 2013 Archives. Steve’s is the first 1969 card showing him with the Southsiders.
Am I alone in my continued dislike of borderless cards? I didn’t like these the first time I saw them. I didn’t like 2017 or 2018 either. I do like the look of 2019, but the early previews of 2020 are barf-tastic. The 2016 set may have been a little better if Ken Griffey Jr. had a card in the set, and our good friend Lanny Ribes (@DOCBZ17) does his best to set things right with Griffey sporting White Sox duds.
Tomorrow will be our last Lanny Ribes submission this round. I will continue to search the depths of the internet looking for more historical Topps designs with Griffey, but in the meantime feel free to fire up Paint and fill in the blanks!
Ken Griffey made his big-league debut for the Reds on August 25, 1973. Ken Griffey Jr. was just a tiny tot at the time, but in sixteen years he would be in the majors too, and eventually got a shoe deal with the “Swingman” logo. I didn’t even notice Lanny’s use of the “Swingman” until he pointed it out to me, but it works perfectly on this design.
Lanny posts a bunch of customs on his Twitter feed featuring his son and always does a spectacular job. Thank you for sharing a few Griffeys with me and allowing me to post them here!
I’ll post another Lanny custom tomorrow. If anyone else wants to get in the game, send files or links to my e-mail or on Twitter! (P.S. — It’s not really a game and there are no prizes.)
Between regular base cards, Heritage designs, Throwback Thursdays, and Baseball Cards Magazine’s Replicards, Ken Griffey Jr. has appeared on nearly every Topps baseball card design in some form or fashion. The Junior Junkie covered the 1950s way back in 2013, but I never saw a part 2 for the 1960s. I decided to revisit the 1950s and then continued all the way through 2019. Out of sixty-nine years, there are only thirteen years missing. There are a few designs, such as 1962, in which the base design is missing but there is something to represent the release. Here’s a complete rundown of all the Juniors I have found so far, licensed and non-licensed, not including reprints and parallels. Please let me know of others, especially for the “missing” years.
1951: 2003 Topps Blue Backs #KGRJ (Reds)
1952: 2001 Topps Heritage #200 (Reds); 2007 Topps ’52 Debut Flashbacks #DF2 (Mariners); online CSD’s Custom Cards (White Sox)
1953: 1999 Topps Gallery Heritage #TH8 (Mariners); 2002 Topps Heritage #386 (Reds); 2019 Topps Living Set #193 (Mariners)
1954: 2000 Fleer Tradition #222 (Mariners); 2000 Fleer Tradition Update #U23 (Reds); 2000 Topps Gallery Heritage #TGH14 (Reds); 2003 Topps Heritage #375 (Reds)
1955: 2001 Fleer Tradition #140 (Reds); 2004 Topps Heritage #455 (Reds)
1956: 2005 Topps Heritage #70 (Reds)
1957: 1990 SCD #44; 2015 Topps Archives #50 (Mariners)
1958: 2007 Topps Heritage #285 (Reds)
1959: 2008 Topps Heritage #50 (Reds), 1989 BBCM #63 (Rookie Stars) (Mariners); 1991 non-licensed NNO (Mariners)
1960: 2009 Topps Heritage #200 (White Sox); #704 (Mariners)
1961: 2010 Topps Heritage #430 (Mariners)
1962: 2016 Topps TBT #1,3,5 “Babe Ruth Special” style (Mariners); online Lanny Ribes (Mariners)
1963: 2001 Upper Deck Vintage #319 (Reds); 2001 Upper Deck Vintage Sample #30 (Reds)
1964: 1989 SCD #3 (Mariners)
1965: 2001 Topps Gallery Heritage #GH6 (Reds); 2003 Upper Deck Vintage #168 (Reds); 2019 Topps TBT #51 (Mariners)
1966: 1991 BBCM #37 (Mariners); 2008 Topps Trading Card History #TCH30 (Reds)
1967: online 2019 TWJ (Mariners) (posted above!); online Lynn Phelps (Reds)
1968: 1993 BBCM #37 (Mariners)
1969: 1990 BBCM #37 (Mariners); 2013 Topps Archives 1969 4-in-1 Stickers #69S-CMGT (Mariners); https://whitesoxcards.blogspot.com/2010/10/wsc-birth-years-ken-griffey-jr.html” target=”resource window”>online White Sox Cards “Birth Year Cards” (White Sox)
1970: 1992 BBCM #36 (Mariners)
1971: 1991 BBCM #45 (Mariners); 2002 Upper Deck Vintage #253 (Reds); 2013 Topps Update 1971 Topps Minis #TM-5 (Mariners)
1972: 2013 Topps 1972 Mini #TM-51 (Mariners)
1973: online Lanny Ribes (White Sox)
1974: 1992 BBC/SCPGM #27 (Mariners)
1975: 1991 BBCM “Superstars & Rookies” #10; non-licensed NNO (Mariners); online Lynn Phelps (Reds); online Maxwell Moore (Mariners AS)
1976: online Lanny Ribes (Reds)
1977: online Lanny Ribes (Mariners)
1978: online Lanny Ribes (Mariners); online Beny Levy (Mariners)
1979: 2016 Topps Archives #128 (Mariners), 2019 Topps TBT #155
1980: 1990 BBCM “Beginner’s Guide” #5 (Mariners); 2014 Topps Archives #75 (Mariners)
1981: online Lanny Ribes (Reds)
1982: 2012 Topps Archives 1982 In Action #82IA-KG (Mariners); 2013 Topps Archives #92 (Mariners)
1983: online Lanny Ribes (Mariners)
1984: 2019 Topps Silver Pack Series 2 1984 #T84-2 (Mariners)
1985: 2016 Topps Archives 1985 Father/Son #FS-GG (Father/Son) (Mariners); 2016 Topps Archives 1985 #1 Draft Picks #85DP-KG (Mariners); online CSD’s Custom Cards (Mariners); online CSD’s Custom Cards (White Sox); online CSD’s Custom Cards (Father/Son White Sox); online CSD’s Custom Cards (#1 Draft Pick, White Sox)
1986: online Lanny Ribes (White Sox)
1987: 2012 Topps 1987 Topps Minis #TM-97 (Mariners); 2017 Topps 1987 Design #87-59 (Mariners); 2017 Topps Baseball Continuity Program Chrome 1987 Design Refractor #87-KG (Mariners); 2017 Topps Mini 1987 Design #87-125 (AS); 2017 Topps National Convention 1987 Anniversary VIP #87VIP-3 (Mariners); non-licensed Future Stars #KG (Mariners); online Lynn Phelps (Moeller); online CSD’s Custom Cards (White Sox)
1988: non-licensed Future Stars NNO (Mariners); online Topps Cards That Never Were
1989: 1989 Topps Traded #41T (Mariners); 2002 Topps Gallery Heritage #GH-KG (Mariners); 2012 Topps Archives #220 (Mariners); 2014 Topps 1989 Die-Cut Minis #TM-51 (Mariners); 2014 Topps Chrome 1989 Design #89TC-KGJ (Mariners)
1990: 1989-90 Topps MLB Debut #46 (Mariners); 1990 Topps #336
1991: 1991 Topps #790; #392 (AS)
1992: 1992 Topps #50 (Mariners)
1993: 1993 Topps #179 (Mariners); #405 (AS)
1994: 1994 Topps #400 (Mariners); #388 (AS)
1995: 1995 Topps #397 (Mariners); 388 (AS); 1995 Topps Pre-Production #PP6 (Mariners)
1996: 1996 Topps #205 (Mariners); #230 (AS)
1997: 1997 Topps #300 (Mariners)
1998: 1998 Topps #321 (Mariners)
1999: 1999 Topps #100 (Mariners)
2000: 2000 Topps #400 (Reds)
2001: 2001 Topps #593 (Reds)
2002: 2002 Topps #550 (Reds)
2003: 2003 Topps #390 (Reds)
2004: 2004 Topps #510 (Reds)
2005: 2005 Topps #440 (Reds)
2006: 2006 Topps #387 (Reds)
2007: 2007 Topps #450 (Reds)
2008: 2008 Topps #580 (Reds); 2008 Topps Update #UH324 (White Sox)
2009: 2009 Topps #30 (White Sox); 2009 Topps Update #UH190 (Mariners); #UH330 (Mariners)
2010: 2010 Topps #85 (Mariners)
2011: online Lanny Ribes (Mariners)
2012: online Lynn Phelps (White Sox)
2013: 2013 Topps Update #US119 (Mariners)
2014: online Lynn Phelps (White Sox)
2015: online Beny Levy (Mariners); online TWJ (Reds)
2016: online Beny Levy (Mariners); online Lanny Ribes (White Sox)
2017: 2017 Topps Update #US152 (Mariners)
2018: online Lanny Ribes (Mariners)
2019: 2019 Topps #488 (Mariners)
I may try to fill in a few of the other missing years. If you take a stab at any of them, leave a comment or shoot me an e-mail and I’ll update the list and link to your creations!
If you want to buy the licensed stuff, I recommend Card Barrel above all others, but COMC and Sportlots are good sites too. For the unlicensed cards, the Supercollector Catalog is definitely the way to go. If all else fails, turn to eBay.
Kurt Stillwell returned to Riverfront Stadium for the first time since the Reds traded him to the Royals for Danny Jackson over the off-season. By all appearances, he enjoyed seeing Barry Larkin again. Stillwell was added to the All-Star roster as an injury replacement for Chicago’s Ozzie Guillen.
Here are the results of the USA Today players poll:
The lineup for this week’s Topps TBT set has been announced, and as usual I only want one card. I checked eBay, and that one card is more expensive than I want to spend. Maybe there are others in the same boat, so I thought I might try to organize a set break. If you’re intersted, read on…
I’m claiming Nick Senzel, you can have any other player pictured above…$3.88 shipped PWE. Luke Voit, Tim Anderson, Fernando Tatis Jr., Willson Contreras, Carter Kieboom are available. The set is $19.99, divided by six and add 55 cents for a stamp, that’s $3.88 each. This way there is no need to order the full set if you only want one card. Claim in the comments, or on Twitter, or via e-mail. First claimed, first served.
UPDATE: All cards claimed!
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Rich “Goose” Gossage was a reliever for the majority of his career, but in 1976 the White Sox used him as a starter. Despite a 5-7 record as the All-Star break, he was still recognized as a great pitcher due to his 2.91 first-half ERA and was named an All-Star. He was traded to the Pirates after the season, returned to the bullpen and never started a game again.
Luis Aparicio was so good…
“How good was he?”
Luis Aparicio was so good he was selected to 13 All-Star teams in just 10 seasons! From 1959-1962, there were two All-Star Games each year. How glorious! Man, I wish they would bring back that tradition.
I love the All-Star Game. The 2019 Midsummer Classic will be held on July 9 in Cleveland, which is a mere four-ish hours from me…
I probably won’t go. I can’t go. It would be fiscally irresponsible. But man, how much fun would it be? We went to Cleveland for a regular season game last year, and despite the weather had a good time.