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Not a cameo - more like a multi-player special issue from one of the greatest base sets of the 90's. Named for a famously massive trade, this is very much a "what could have been" card even when it was issued in '93. Injuries for both Junior and Mitchell as well as Mitchell's trade to the Reds not long after this photo was taken combined to make this card a little anti-climatic. Plus we all know it's weird seeing Kevin Mitchell in a Mariners jersey.
A beautifully-designed subset from Upper Deck. OK, look - I'm totally against beating a dead horse. There are only so many times you can bring up some awesome feat a particular player has accomplished before it's like, "OK, we get it - they hit back-to-back home runs as father and son." But even with all the cards that herald that feat, I'm not sick of it. That shit is a dream. Well played, baseball card. You do you.
57. 2002 Upper Deck Ovation #57 Silver
This year of Ovation was all about embossed cards draped in greenish-blue for all players and all teams. It was a color combo that suited Mariners a lot better. When you add in the subset that featured even more Junior Cincy cards, that made for several greenish-blue cards featuring Junior in a Reds uniform. This silver parallel is a nice respite from the weird color combos that dominate this base set.
58. 1997 Donruss Jay Buhner #58 Press Proof Gold /500 (cameo)
A fairly rare parallel of a parallel of a cameo. A thrice-removed Griffey card that is still more awesome than some of the other cards on this very page.
59. 2007 SPx #59
One of the wackiest SPx base designs, but also a favorite. Huge die-cut X's were everywhere in the late-2000's, and at 15 corners this is one of the binder-unfriendliest cards I own. Still, it's damn cool.
60. 1998 Upper Deck UD3 #60 (Technology FX60, Subset PC30) Die Cut #/2000
A very confusing, multi-faceted base set. There are several different Griffey cards available, but I'm never quite sure which version I'm looking at because they're all so similar. The card numbering is just as confusing and includes three different numbers: set, subset, and "technology" along with die-cut versions. The set number for this one is 60, and that's good enough to get it a spot on this page.
61. 2008 SPx Ken Griffey Jr American Hero #KG61 Box Score 1/1
Still, while it's not as "1 of 1" as some other cards and the box score is a huge downer, I love the stylized "1 of 1" stamped into the card front. That kind of makes up for everything.
62. 2010 Bowman 1992 Bowman Throwback #BT62
I'm a big fan of this 2010 tribute to the iconic '92 Bowman set, especially given that Junior was back in Seattle at this time. You've got to admit it looks completely legit. A well-executed throwback.
63. 1989 Baseball Cards Magazine Rookie Stars of 1989 #63
Here's a throwback for the ages. 1960 Topps included a subset called "The Sporting News Rookie Stars of 1959" with this very same design. Then in 1989, Baseball Cards Magazine created this uber-faithful cut-out, replacing The Sporting News with their own name and even keeping the same font. Well done, guys. Sure, it was most likely made for older collectors already familiar with the iconic Topps rookie cards, but it's also one of my favorite oddballs ever.