Completeness of page: 9/9
Team distribution so far: Mariners: 36/45 (80%), Reds: 8/45 (18%), White Sox: 1/45 (2%)
Cards not listed in Beckett Magazine: 3/9 (20/45 total, 44%)
Of all the Griffey rookies I own, this one took the longest to acquire for the price I wanted to pay. And why not? It's one of his most appealing rookies in a super high-quality glossy finish. Beckett lists this one at $50, but the market puts it closer to the $100-$120 range. The question is: did I take my copy out of the screw case and slide it into this page just for this scan? Or did I use one of the regulars for fear of damaging the real McCoy? And if I did, could you tell?
I've got to say that Donruss did an amazing job with the Donruss Originals set of 2002. It's just their version of Archives, but the cards themselves are clean, high-quality, and super faithful to the original designs. This homage to the 1982 design is my favorite of the four (yes, FOUR) different Griffeys in the base set. An unsung gem from the slow demise of the Donruss brand.
43. 2000 Upper Deck Ovation #43
This is kind of a first: the first repeat from the same base set. We saw the Mariners card from 2000 Ovation on page 3 - now here is a shot of Junior's first Cincy press conference. A few sets had multiple Griffey base cards as the card companies tried to catch up with Junior's unexpected move. 2000 Ovation just had the best.
Here's another oddball magazine throwback card. I love '57 Topps - design wise it's kind of like an early predecessor to Stadium Club. Super-scary photo, too, especially if you're a pitcher.
While this particular year's design is not my favorite, Donruss Elite Series makes a few well-deserved appearances in this Frankenset. It was just so darn consistent for those first few years: always #/10,000, always bilaterally symmetrical, plenty of silver and/or gold, and never cheap or easy to pull. It's hard to believe an insert that got its start in a set like 1992 Donruss would last for as long as it did and carry the weight with collectors so many years after the demise of the brand. This card be Elite, son.
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