Friday, May 22, 2020

The Great Griffey Frankenset: Page 20

Welcome to Page 20 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 20 of the Great Griffey Frankenset:

Completeness of page: 9/9

Completeness of the Frankenset so far: 100% (180/180)

Team distribution so far: Mariners: 127/180 (71%), Reds: 49/180 (27%), White Sox: 2/180 (1%), No team indicated: 2/180 (1%)

Page 20 Notes: The Mariners came roaring back in this page, snagging all nine spots despite there being a card printed in 2004. We are seeing a lot of base and subset parallels which should be no surprise this late in the game.

Page 20:

172. 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated #172 Cover Extra Edition #/500

I'm a huge supporter of the short-lived Sport Illustrated sets put out by Fleer, and cards exactly like this are the reason. This one subset snagged two spots in the Frankenset (and on this very page).

173. 2004 Leaf Limited #173 Spotlight Bronze #/100

This card appears to have been made by a Griffey fan who hates the Reds. He's a Mariner on the front, a Mariner on the back, and a Red in the stat box. Very strange for a card from 2004. Don't try to convince me it's a Reds card, either.

174. 1995 Score Summit Edition #174 Bat Speed Nth Degree

This is among the yawn-iest of Score sets (too much damn white), but the Nth Degree parallel helps a lot. I am not ashamed of my appreciation for gratuitous sparkles.

175. 1997 Donruss Preferred National Treasures #175

The scan here doesn't do just to the rich bronze and texturing in the border, but that doesn't matter. It's one of my favorite Griffey portrait cards of all time. Why didn't Studio look this good in 1997, Donruss?

176. 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes #176 State

This quirky, colorful one-off set from Panini has all the attributes of a throwback set. For these State parallels I'd have preferred they went with the player's home state as opposed to that of his heritage team, but there are a lot of other states that would have fit that bill: Pennsylvania, Ohio, and by the time this was actually printed, Florida. Then again that may have caused some confusion among more casual Griffey fans. Washington is the safe bet.

177. 1990 Star Nova #177 /500 (pink & yellow)

I hate having to use Star for ANYTHING, but this one isn't too awful. I guess.

178. 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated #178 Cover Extra Edition #/500 (w/ Frank Thomas)

Here's that other SI cover, this one with Griffey and that guy who wishes he was Griffey. Just kidding, Big Hurt. Don't hit me. You are huge and loaded with testosterone according to those ridiculous commercials.

179. 1993 Topps #179 Pre-Production Sample

I tried to get all exotic and use the one from the full-page dealer sell sheet, but that one is numbered "000," so here is the less scarce regular sample. Ho-hum.

180. 1998 SP Authentic #180

Another excellent card slayed by the scanner. The dusk background here is one of my favorite parts of this card, but you'll just have to take my word for it.

Here is the back of Page 20:

Thanks for reading, and look for Page 21 coming soon.


  1. Lots of good stuff. I agree that Score really helped with the shiny parallels. I liked those a lot more than "gold rush".

  2. Great stuff. My favorite on this page is the 1993 Topps Pre-Production. Love the photo Topps used.

  3. Never be ashamed about appreciating gratuitous sparkles.

  4. Great looking page. And the big hurt has Andy van slyke (looking ridiculously ripped) in his gnc posse so don't mess!