Friday, May 15, 2020

The Great Griffey Frankenset: Page 19

Welcome to Page 19 of the Great Griffey Frankenset!

If you're not familiar with the idea of a frankenset, it is a customized set of cards properly sequenced by card number that all tie into a connecting theme. Some frankenset themes include whole teams, mini-collections, and even just generally great cards or photos. This is the first frankenset I'm aware of that is made up of just one player: Ken Griffey, Jr., the man of a million cards. I took the liberty of including things like inserts, parallels, cameos, and oddballs for the sake of variety and because it's just more fun that way. Enjoy!

Here is page 19 of the Great Griffey Frankenset:

Completeness of page: 9/9

Completeness of the Frankenset so far: 100% (171/171)

Team distribution so far: Mariners: 118/171 (69%), Reds: 49/171 (29%), White Sox: 2/171 (1%), No team indicated: 2/171 (1%)

Page 19 Notes: As we get higher you're going to see more of these multi-player cards - they make up a third of this particular page. Also the Reds cards are coming in strong, making up some ground in the team distribution. I'm getting all excited - will we make it to card #200 with no holes? Only time will tell...

Page 19:

163. 2010 Topps The Cards Your Mom Threw Out #CMT163 (1998 Topps Interleague Preview card)

Hall of Fame Class of 2016, together on one card 20 years before their co-induction. I pulled the original from a pack back in the 90's and always knew it was something special. It was great to see it make an appearance in the CYMTO insert.

164. 1995 Sports Stars USA Gold Replica Signature #164 (w/ Frank Thomas)

How perfect is this thing? And how wide are Frank's shoes? Geez, those things are like triple-E or something. Good for you, Big Hurt. I'm....not jealous at all.

165. 2002 Donruss Originals #165 (1984 Design)

Donruss Originals is in the running for my favorite throwback set of all time. A lot of Archives sets come close, but these old Donruss designs look great with fixed colors, better printing, and decent photography. Please bring this back, Panini. It's due for a reboot.

166. 2005 Topps Update & Highlights #UH166 Sporting News All-Stars

Just a gorgeous card for an incredible milestone. Gotta love sprawling crowd backgrounds, especially ones loaded with mouths agape at what they're getting to see. Zero defects. 14/10.

167. 1992 O-Pee-Chee Premier #167

What can you say about O-Pee-Chee Premier? Not much. 167!

168. 2003 Upper Deck Vintage #168

More of Upper Deck shamelessly ripping off Topps' vintage legacy, albeit beautifully. I love this card, but it's wrong wrong wrong.

169. 2000 Victory #169 Stat Leaders Checklist (w/ Freddy Garcia)

Poor Seattle - by the time this card was being pulled from packs they'd already lost one of their stat leaders AND his sweet flipped-up Gargoyles.

170. 1996 SP #170

One of the great card designs of the '90's bearing one of the great Griffey photos of the '90's. There are a few other decent #170's of the Kid, but do any of them have TWO backwards caps on the front? Absolutely not.

171. 2001 Ultra #171 Gold Medallion

Not just a base-running shot - a CRAZY one! Junior looks like a ballerina who just told a dirty joke. This needed to happen, though. That uniform is way too clean.

Here is the back of Page 19:

Thanks for reading, and look for Page 20 when, you know, I get around to it. Maybe.


  1. I love those unlicensed cards. They remind me of early 90s card shows.

  2. I've always been worried for the fielder on that '01 Ultra card. I hope he wasn't paralyzed.

    1. I've just now realized it is a dodger that's been upended. Likely Kevin elster or Mark grudzielanik

  3. That card featuring Griffey hitting #500 is awesome! It's so awesome, I went over to COMC to see how much I could find a copy for. I ended up seeing a different looking card for UH166. After doing a little detective work, I found the card. It's card #335 in the regular set.