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!
Lanny takes us back to Junior’s dad’s Big Red Machine days on this fantastic 1976 Topps design. Ken Griffey Jr. was only seven years old when this design was first used by Topps. I wonder if he collected his dad’s cards?
Lanny Ribes (@DOCBZ17 on Twitter) started with an easy one, but I hope that didn’t fool you into thinking that he wasn’t a great custom card maker. His second Ken Griffey Jr. submission uses one of my favorite designs, and one that is not the easiest in the world to replicate: 1983 Topps.
Another great submission…can’t wait to see what’s next!