Saturday, January 9, 2016

The Great Griffey Frankenset: Page 13

Welcome to Page 13 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 13 of the Great Griffey Frankenset:

Completeness of page: 9/9

Completeness of the Frankenset so far: 100% (117/117)

Team distribution so far: Mariners: 82/117 (70%), Reds: 32/117 (27%), White Sox: 1/117 (1%), No team indicated: 2/117 (2%)

Approximate retail value of this page: $672.50 ($2638.75 running total)

Page 13 Notes: I mentioned before that there will be a few statistical outliers when it comes to page value, and this is one of the ones I was talking about. One card on this page makes up about 23% of the retail value of the entire frankenset so far. In addition to that we have a very weird little sticker that is miraculously numbered to exactly what we needed to complete the page, an iconic gold signature from the first year of Collector's Choice, and - holy moley - is that another sticker?

Page 13:

109. 2001 Pacific #109

I don't see this set mentioned often, but it's sadly one of the last of the Pacific brand. This is one of those cards I keep coming across on COMC and buying, thinking I don't have it yet. As a result I have three or four hanging around in the overflow box. Not a lot to the design apart from a very bold nameplate, but the fielding shot is a beaut.

110. 1993 Finest #110 Refractor

What can I say that hasn't already been said? This is the greatest card #110 in any set of cards ever.

111. 1993 Upper Deck Fun Pack #111 Wall Stars Glow Stars

When I was a young'un, I peeled a few of these and stuck them onto the walls in my closet. One was a Cal Ripken. And yes it glows, but just the outline which really comes in handy when you're sorting in the dark. I'm kidding, of course. There's nothing I can do in the dark with my Griffey cards (that I'm willing to admit to).

112. 1991 Studio #112

Look at this young dude right here. Do you think he knows that 25 years from now he'll be in his kitchen with his wife getting the call from Cooperstown? Actually, look at him. I think he kind of does know. Keep ya head up, Kid.

113. 1996 E-XL #113

I think we can all agree that Emotion X-L was a baddass brand in 1995, all glossy and full-bleed. This year it was neither of those. We still get the one-word description, but is that an exclamation point I see? Eew. The big foil seal and green border help this one along a lot.

114. 1993 Upper Deck Fun Pack #114

WOOO!!!!! That's not just regular fun - that's Saved by the Bell credits fun! But seriously, how did he get so high up?

115. 1992 Red Foley Stickers #115

As you can see its getting a little desperate here finding cards in the right numbers, and it's only going to get worse. There are no identifying marks anywhere on this sticker (the back is blank), but it's #115. That's kind of the only thing we really know about it. That being said, I still like it better than the Fun Pack Glow Stars at #111.

116. 2005 Bazooka #116

This is actually a beautifully put-together card and a shoe in for this slot. It's not just the fun comic book font - that photo is above-average for any base card. Is it time for another Bazooka comeback?

117. 1994 Collector's Choice #117 Gold Signature

Speaking of a great photo...I think we can all agree this is better than the old lady shot from the following year. I can only hope the photographer got out of the way in time.

Here is the back of Page 13:

Thanks for reading, and look for Page 14 next Friday!


  1. I for one love those Glow Star stickers! Glow in the dark or go home.

  2. I mean...number 110.

    Always loved that 1994 Collectors Choice photo.

  3. Yes, it is time for another Bazooka comeback!!

  4. So many of those I don't have lol