Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Great Griffey Frankenset: Page 15

Welcome to Page 15 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 15 of the Great Griffey Frankenset:

Completeness of page: 9/9

Completeness of the Frankenset so far: 100% (135/135)

Team distribution so far: Mariners: 95/135 (70%), Reds: 37/135 (27%), White Sox: 1/135 (1%), No team indicated: 2/135 (2%)

Approximate retail value of this page: $49.50 ($2917.75 running total)

Page 15 Notes: There are several gems on this page, including a pair of above-average parallels, an oddball rookie, and a visit from a legendary retired slugger. The continued coolness of some of the cards you are seeing here this late in the set is a testament to just how many great Griffey cards there are out there. Hallelujah!

Page 15:

127. 2003 Upper Deck Finite #127 Major Factors #/1599

Finite is not the most well-remembered set, but the cards were not without their charm. The subsets from the main base set came in a few variations, the least rare of which is this Major Factors card numbered to the very bizarre figure of 1599. I's actually a very pretty card, too.

128. 1995 Pinnacle #128 Museum Collection

Then there's this amazing Dufex version of my very own Blogger avatar. I don;t know if that bubble is real or not and I don't. This is one of the great Griffey cards.

129. 2002 Fleer Showcase #129 Avant Card

A rare subset with a fun visual effect. This one's al; about looks and is actually a pretty tough find.

130. 2006 Upper Deck #130 Special F/X Purple #/150

Giants legend Willie McCovey on a shiny purple base card with the Kid. Sweet track suit, too.

131. 1989 Classic #131

A lesser-known close-up portrait of our guy from 1989, the Upper Deck rookie being the more famous one. Where that card is shiny and polished, this Classic version is gritty and gray-screened.

132. 2000 Pacific Private Stock #132

I miss Pacific - no other company ever made anything like this, especially as a base card.

133. 2003 SP Back to '93 #133 #/1993

Upper Deck paid themselves homage on more than one occasion, and why not? '93 was an excellent set that deserved a tribute, and it looks just as good in Cincy colors.

134. 1996 Pinnacle #134 The Naturals

I'd like to have used the Dufex version here, but that one has a different number being from the 200-card Museum Collection set. No worries, though. Great mid-90's card.

135. 2000 Topps Opening Day #135

Similar to the regular base card but silver and just a bit rarer.

Here's the back of Page 15:

Thanks for reading, and look out for Page 16 next Friday.


  1. That pinnacle gum blowing card is one of my favorite base cards

  2. Were do I locate the value of the bubble gum shot with Ken, it's been in my family for while now, I'm not looking to remove from care but curious what its worth