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The Best Card From 20 Years Ago

Posted by houstoncollector on January 13, 2009

Like many of us, I got a nice email from Upper Deck today, talking about the ties between Upper Deck and Ken Griffey Jr.  After all, Ken was card #1 in the first Upper Deck product in 1989 which opened the hobby to a new company as well as new technologies, including better card stock, better pack technology, as well as autographed cards.  The 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey card is one of the very few cards from the late 80s through the mid to late 90s that has held its value, and Upper Deck is about to one-up that, offering 89 of those cards which have been signed by Ken Griffey Jr with the inscription “20 Years”.  Not only that, the first 13 will be signed in black ink, while the remaining 76 in blue.

When you figure that we can expect one autograph per Hobby box (and I’d be willing to bet these will be Hobby only), these are going to be probably extremely scarce, and will probably fetch probably in the $200-500 range, if not more.  Remember, this is pretty much a guaranteed Hall of Famer, and his 1989 cards are still pulling anywhere from $15-100 depending on grading and how rabid the fans on Ebay happen to be at any particular time.

Kudos to Upper Deck for bringing this to fans, and for announcing it ahead of time (no stealth inserts, please).  Now, the presumption is that hobby packs will remain at $5 a pack, which is too high for the base product.  However, when this comes out next month, I’ll pick up a hobby and a retail pack, and give you guys a review of it.

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