Friday, June 5, 2020

The Great Griffey Frankenset: Page 22

Welcome to Page 22 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 22 of the Great Griffey Frankenset:

Completeness of page: 9/9

Completeness of the Frankenset so far: 100% (198/198)

Team distribution so far: Mariners: 140/198 (71%), Reds: 54/198 (27%), White Sox: 2/198 (1%), No team indicated: 2/198 (1%)

Page 22 Notes: Back to all Mariners plus a ton of checklists which usually pop up late in the base set anyway. I tried to use parallels for the checklists as much as possible to keep things interesting, but I didn't have to do that for that last card - it's interesting enough. After this page there are only two slots left to fill to get to the 200 milestone with no holes. Am I building tension? Is it working?

Page 22:

190. 1999 Upper Deck MVP #190

Ol' #190 was an easy choice. This is in my top 10 all-time Upper Deck base photos of the Kid, and that's saying something. I feel like this shot could have graced a lot more cardboard were it not for the Cincy trade the very next year. Then again that makes this card all the more special.

191. 1998 Fleer Sports Illustrated #191 Year in Review

The second showing from this same subset in the frankenset. This one is light years better than the other, though, despite having the exact same photo on it.

192. 1989 Donruss Baseball's Best #192

Naturally I'll try to fit as many rookies into this thing as I can...

193. 1989 Classic #193

...and off-brand rookies count, too.

194. 2009 SP Authentic #194 Faces of the Game Gold #/299

A not-too-often seen late-career portrait from Junior's heritage brand. I like to think Junior would have rocked the hell out an Olerud-esque earflapless helmet.

195. 1995 Score Summit Edition #195 Checklist #2 of 7 Nth Degree

Summit had some wild parallels. We've seen Nth Degree before, and there's another even better one coming up that we haven't seen yet at all.

196. 2014 Donruss #196 Career Stat Line #/400

Does anyone have a better offensive career stat line in this set? I want to hear some candidates.

197. 1996 Pinnacle Summit #197 Checklist Above and Beyond

Nth Degree is great, but I wish every card came in Above and Beyond. It would be great camouflage if you were trying to hide inside a rainbow.

198. 1998 Pinnacle #198 Checklist

Pinnacle started the whole lots-of-stars-lumped-together-on-a-checklist thing back in 1996 Pinnacle and Select. This one, however, is a REAL PHOTO and extremely tough to beat. Count the Hall of Famers!

Here is the back of Page 22:

Thanks for reading, and look out for Page 23 to see if we can take this thing all the way to 200!


  1. Excellent use of your extra Griffeys. Not as good as sending them all to me, but this is definitely cool. I'm interested to see how high you can go with him!

  2. I see Tino in there. I actually need to track down the checklist.

    Above and Beyond were really good looking parallels. Nice to see that in there.

  3. That 89D Baseball's Best card is really cool. I'm so used to seeing the bat on his shoulder rookie card.

  4. #190 is definitely going in my Coors Field frankenset once I find a copy.