Looking into my crystal ball, and what do I see? A brand new Topps card of Ken Griffey, Jr.!
I really hope he gets another Reds card at some time, even though everyone loves him as a Mariner. Maybe, perhaps we might even see a special card showing him at the presser announcing the trade…
I can’t wait to see what the Reds cards actually look like, even though I’m not crazy about the 2020 Topps design. I suspect the secondary color will be black rather than blue, but I don’t think the blue looks terrible.
That wraps up the Griffeypalooza. Check out the original post for the list of every Topps design featuring The Kid!
Here it is…the last missing Ken Griffey Jr.! 2015 Topps is not the easiest design to manipulate, and the fonts are not an exact match, but it’s close enough for me to be satisfied.
I’m also in a Facebook group called “Custom Baseball Cards,” and I put out a call last week for help finishing up the list. Beny Levy accepted the challenge and made a Mariners card for Griffey on the 2015 design…and it looks a lot better than mine! If you’re a Facebooker, join the fun!
But wait…there’s more! That’s right, tomorrow I have one more Griffey “fun card” post. Don’t miss it!
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.
Topps loves the 1987 design so much they used it in 1962! The woodgrain borders are a little darker on the precursor to one of the most overproduced sets in history, and I actually prefer the 1962 version a little better. Lanny Ribes used a fantastic photo of Ken Griffey Jr. in this recreation. Griffey previously appeared on a “Babe Ruth Special” style a few years ago in Topps TBT, but I have never seen a base card version of The Kid on this design.
We are getting very close to seeing Griffey on every Topps design! Thank you Lanny for all the contributions so far!
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!
Lanny comes through again with a fantastic Ken Griffey Jr. “fun card” on the 1978 design. I love the 1978 Topps design. It’s simple and clean but at the same time not the easiest to replicate. I’ve used the ’78 design at times for non-baseball cards, and it can be difficult getting the right letters for the team name. I have no idea what font is actually being used there.
1981…the year the Reds had the best record in baseball but were excluded from the playoffs. I’m sure Bud Selig had something to do with that. Ken Griffey Jr. was still in middle school I think at this point.
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.
I was surprised when I made the list of Ken Griffey Jr. cards and which Topps designs he had appeared on, the largest chunk of missing years was the last nine. From 2011-2019, he was only in the 2013, 2017, and 2019 official sets. There may be some other customs out there, but I did not come across any during my sparse research for my post. Lanny Ribes hits us with a 2018 Topps design today, so you can check that one of the list.
I will go back and update that initial post every few days with links to online custom cards. If you know of any, even if there is another card in existence, let me know so I can add it to the list!