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Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Cards: Ultimate Guide To All 138 Of Them

Ken Griffey Jr. Hitting A Baseball

Growing up in the late 1980's, there was nothing more that my friends and I would rather pull from a pack than a Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card.

But which one?

There were so many different ones produced by so many different companies that it was hard to pick a favorite.

Just look at the title of this article: 138 different Ken Griffey Jr. rookie cards?

That tells you all you need to know about just how much the card market ballooned in the late 1980's with massive print runs.

Regardless, these cards will always hold a special place in the hobby and some of them are surprisingly still worth quite a bit.

In this article we'll take a look at the following types of Griffey rookies:

Let's jump right in!

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Mainstream Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Cards

When most collectors think of Ken Griffey Jr. rookie cards, this first set of mainstream issues is top of mind.

These were the cards that were more heavily printed by the primary card manufacturers and found their way into more hands than the others on this list.

That heavy amount of printing has diminished most of their value but you'd be surprised at how much money some of these can still bring.

In top condition they can bring hundreds or even thousands of dollars in today's market.  But that's the key: they have to be in pristine shape.

Let's jump right in and take a look at some of Griffey's most recognizable rookies!

1989 Bowman #220

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $60

Bowman had not released a set since 1955 after they were bought out by their largest competitor, Topps. But Griffey Jr. and the hype that surrounded him helped to immediately increase the popularity of this set. The cards were larger than normal, measuring in at 2 1/2" x 3 3/4", and featured full color photography and facsimile signatures of the players. A young Griffey Jr. poses with a rather serious look, kneeling in his Mariners uniform.

1989 Bowman #220 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Bowman #259

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $12

Remember the 1955 Bowman set with its television set design? Well, in 1989, Bowman used a similar style in its subset of four cards that featured fathers and sons who both played in the Majors. The Griffeys, along with the Ripkens, Alomars and Stottlemyres were showcased in a modern (at that time) television set design.

1989 Bowman #259 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Bowman Tiffany #220

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $1,500

More rare than their regular Bowman counterparts, the 1989 Bowman Tiffany cards were part of a 6,000 count print run of special factory sets. They are easily distinguished by their glossy feel and overall brighter coloration, especially on the reverse side of the cards. The design itself is exactly the same as the regular Bowman issue but make no mistake, the Tiffany versions are much more expensive due to their relative scarcity. In pristine condition, this card can fetch up to $1,500 or more.

1989 Bowman Tiffany #220 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Bowman Tiffany #229

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $40

Card #229 in the Bowman set also came in a Tiffany version. It's not nearly as expensive as the previous card but still has decent value in top condition.

1989 Bowman Tiffany #259 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Classic Travel Orange #131

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $25

Classic produced two blister pack sets in 1989 that each featured Ken Griffey Jr. inside. The orange version was the first of the two and is fairly straightforward in design.

1989 Classic Travel Orange #131 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Classic Travel Purple #193

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $35

Classic's purple version is much more interesting to look at than the orange as Griffey Jr. is showcased in an action shot at bat. I'm not sure if they're necessarily more rare than the orange but they do command a higher price, on average. Perhaps it's just because they're a bit more fun to look at.

1989 Classic Travel Purple #193 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Donruss #33

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $175

A few years ago, you could find these in PSA 10 condition for less than $50. Their values have since skyrocketed since his Hall of Fame induction in 2016. Some collectors consider the design to be a bit dark and bland overall.  But I don't mind. It's been one of my favorite Ken Griffey Jr. rookie cards and one of my favorite cards of the "junk era" in general ever since I started collecting as a kid in the late 1980's. I also love the Randy Johnson rookie card in this set as its got a very similar look and feel to it.

1989 Donruss #33 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Donruss Baseball's Best #192

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $70

Griffey also appeared in the smaller (336 cards in total) "Baseball's Best" box set that Donruss released through retail stores that year. The design is much brighter than the previous issue and features a great action shot of The Kid at the plate. It's not quite as valuable as his "Rated Rookie" but still has decent value in top condition.

1989 Donruss Baseball's Best #192 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Donruss The Rookies #3

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $40

Donruss also released a "The Rookies" set in 1989 that was pretty much the same concept as Topps Traded. The set contains 56 cards but Griffey's is by far the key. The design is much like the other Donruss issues that year but features a "The Rookies" logo in the upper right corner.

1989 Donruss The Rookies #3 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Fleer #548

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $40

Fleer has always been known for its unique designs but I was never really much of a fan of their 1989 layout. The grey pinstripe background is instantly recognizable but it's just a bit boring, in my opinion. And if you know anything about the controversy surrounding the Billy Ripken card in this set, you'll realize this is the only set in which Griffey's card isn't the major highlight.

1989 Fleer #548 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Fleer Glossy #548

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $1,000

Much like the Bowman and Topps Tiffany releases, Fleer also produced a premium version of their cards that year. The design is exactly the same as the base card but the card stock itself is higher quality with a glossy look and feel. Because a smaller amount of these were produced and because centering is a challenge, finding these in pristine condition can be tough. 

1989 Fleer Glossy #548 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Score Masters #30

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $15

I've always liked the artwork of the 1989 Score Masters design. And Griffey's card, in particular, really captured his trademark swing in a unique format. Not as popular as his other major releases, you could find these at hobby shops or by sending in for them in the mail. It's one of a very few Ken Griffey Jr. rookie cards to feature artwork of the rising start.

1989 Score Masters #30 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Score Rookies Traded #100T

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $30

Like Donruss "The Rookies" and Topps Traded, Score also released this smaller box set outside of their main release. Griffey is shown following through on a swing in a great action shot. 

1989 Score Rookies Traded #100T Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Score Young Superstars Series II #18

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $40

Part of a smaller 42 card set, this Griffey card packs a lot of punch. The color scheme really makes the card pop as does the great shot of Griffey taking a huge cut. It's not hard to find but it does land a higher value than his other Score issues on this list.

1989 Score Young Superstars Series 2 #18 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Topps Heads Up #5

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $5,000

Topps released this unusual test issue in 1989 that is a die-cut Griffey Jr. head that was meant to be stuck to a flat surface of your choice for display. Notice the hole in Griffey's cap--that's where the little suction cup would be used to secure him to a window or wall. This oddball item is not really a true baseball card but collectors go wild for them. On the rare occasion these come up for sale, they can sell for huge money. In 2017, one of these graded in PSA 9 condition sold for $4,651. A PSA 10 would easily fetch five figures. Given the heavy price tag on these, it's safe to say these are the most highly coveted and most valuable Ken Griffey Jr. rookie cards there is.

1989 Topps Heads Up #5 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Topps Traded #41T

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $35

Considered to be one of his most popular rookie cards, the 1989 Topps Traded issue features a young Griffey staring confidently with a bat over his shoulder. I always liked the 1989 Topps design with the floating name banner and cursive team name in the lower right corner. These are quite easy to find but in pristine condition they can still go for over $30 making them among the more affordable mainstream Ken Griffey Jr. rookie cards.

1989 Topps Traded #41T Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Topps Traded Tiffany #41T

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $500

There weren't as many 1989 Topps Tiffany Griffeys printed as there were Bowman Tiffany Griffeys but that doesn't stop this card from being expensive. In top condition they can still go for over $500. Like other premium versions from the other manufacturers, these cards are easily distinguished from their base versions by the glossy, sharper card stock.

1989 Topps Traded Tiffany #41T Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Upper Deck #1

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $400

Upper Deck made headlines when they entered the card market in 1989 with a more premium quality product. And they chose wisely in making Griffey Jr. card #1 in the set. It's importance to the hobby cannot be understated and it's arguable that this is the most important modern baseball card you can find. Sure, there are others that are more expensive, but this card helped define an era of card collecting craziness during the late 1980's. This is probably the most recognizable Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card of them all.

1989 Upper Deck #1 Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card

Food Issues

I've always been a fan of food issues.

As a Sandy Koufax collector, I've always been partial to the Bell Brand and Morrell Meats cards on which he was featured.

You could consider food issues to be "oddballs" but I separated them intentionally to focus on them as a smaller group.

Because of the way food issue cards are distributed, oftentimes in packages of potato chips, cookies, etc. the odds of finding them in top condition are usually slim.

Nevertheless, they have a unique story to them and special place in this hobby.

1989 Mother's Cookies #1

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $30

Food issues are typically not as popular as mainstream cards since they were typically only released in certain regions. But, the 1989 Mother's Cookies Griffey cards are still great cards. They were distributed as singles in packages of Mother's Cookies and there are four different Griffey's to collect. The first card in the set shows The Kid posing with his arms crossed.

1989 Mother's Cookies #1 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

Here's a look at one of the unopened package of Mother's Cookies that contained a Griffey rookie: 

Unopened Bag of Mother's Cookies With 1989 Ken Griffey Jr. Card Inside

And here's a look at one of the Griffey cards still sealed in its clear, individual wrapper. It's a bit difficult to see in the other pictures I've posted but as you can tell here, the corners of these cards are clearly rounded by design: 

Sealed 1989 Mother's Cookies Ken Griffey Jr. Card Still in Bag

1989 Mother's Cookies #2

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $35

The second 1989 Mother's Cookies card shows the young Griffey holding a baseball with a glove on his other hand.

1989 Mother's Cookies #2 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Mother's Cookies #3

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $12

In the third version, Griffey is posing with a bright smile and a bat over his shoulder. This one doesn't seem to be nearly as expensive as the other three for some reason.

1989 Mother's Cookies #3 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Mother's Cookies #4

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $40

The last of the four cards in this set shows Griffey looking back over his shoulder. It's difficult to say for sure, but this one seems to be the most expensive of the four in top condition.

1989 Mother's Cookies #4 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Mother's Cookies Seattle Mariners #3

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $30

Outside of their four-card set we just covered, Mother's Cookies also distributed a Ken Griffey Jr. card that was part of a team set given out at Mariners games. The company also released similar team sets for the Dodgers, Giants, Athletics, Rangers and Astros that year but this is the one that most every collector is after. The photography is a bit sharper but the card itself is not necessarily much more expensive than the other four Mother's Cookies Ken Griffey Jr. rookie cards.

1989 Mariners Mother's Cookies #3 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Pacific Candy Bar Blue Background

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $25

Although Griffey Jr. himself is allergic to chocolate, the Pacific Candy Company produced a Ken Griffey Jr. Candy Bar that was distributed throughout the Northwest. To help promote them, the company also printed three different cards with either blue, white or yellow backgrounds. The chocolate itself was produced in twelve different molds that looked like a Griffey Jr. baseball card and measured in at 2 1/2" x 3 1/2". You don't really ever find these cards in gem mint condition so my estimate of $25 for each of these in that condition may be a bit low.

1989 Pacific Candy Bar Blue Background Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball card

Here's a look at what one of the twelve molds of the actual candy bar looked like (photo credit MLB.com):

Unwrapped Ken Griffey Jr. Chocolate Bar

1989 Pacific Candy Bar White Background

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $25

As you can see, the layout and imagery are no different than the other two except for the white background.

1989 Pacific Candy Bar White Background Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball card

1989 Pacific Candy Bar Yellow Background

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $25

And here's a look at the yellow variation. To my knowledge, none is more rare than the others so they have very similar values. Again, though, given that you hardly ever find these in pristine condition, my estimate of $25 for these in PSA 10 condition is probably low.

1989 Pacific Candy Bar Yellow Background Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball card

The Baseball Hall of Fame has one of these in the original wrapper and tin foil on display in one of their exhibits (photo credit Baseball Hall of Fame):

Ken Griffey Jr. Candy Bar on Display at Baseball Hall of Fame

Oddball Issues

This next section of Griffey rookies consists of several different oddball issues.

Some of them are more interesting than others but in general, I do like the look and feel of all of them.

How and why they were distributed has a lot to do with the hype surrounding Griffey in those days.

1989 Baseball Card Magazine '59 Topps Replicas #63

Baseball Card Magazine tipped their cap to Topps by releasing a 72 card set in the style of Topps' 1959 design. The photo by Kit Kiefer shows a young Griffey Jr. looking back over his shoulder wearing his Mariners batting helmet.

1989 Baseball Card Magazine '59 Topps Replicas #63 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Kenner Starting Lineup

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $200

Remember those Starting Lineup action figures of sports stars? They were almost as popular as sports cards themselves back in the late 1980's. I had a later version of a Griffey Jr. Starting Lineup but one of his earlier ones included this "rookie card" inside the packaging. In top condition they can be worth quite a bit. 

1989 Kenner Starting Lineup Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 SCD Baseball Pocket Price Guides #3

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $125

SCD released this card as part of its pocket price guides series with a style that closely resembles the 1964 Topps design. The reverse side discusses SCD's predictions for the market performance of Griffey Jr. rookie cards and even shows his Donruss rated rookie on the right side. I like the discussion about how demand at the time was strongest for his Upper Deck rookie but that Fleer may surpass it in the long run. Fleer Glossy values eventually overtook those of Upper Deck but the value of regular Fleer Griffey rookies pales in comparison.

1989 SCD Baseball Card Price Guide Pocket Price Guides #3 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card
1989 SCD Baseball Card Price Guide Pocket Price Guide Griffey Jr. #3 Baseball Card Back Side

1989 Star Blue/Blue White Back #1

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $30

Star released many sets throughout the 1980's, often times dedicated to a single player across several different sports. In 1989, they actually produced two for Ken Griffey Jr.  

Each set contained a series of 11 different cards: a checklist followed by ten others that more or less tell a short story about Griffey's career on their reverse sides. 

The card sequence and their stories are the same across both sets. However, the images on the card fronts and color schemes of both the fronts and backs are different. One set features card fronts with a blue on blue tone with white backs and the other features card fronts with a blue on white tone with yellow backs.

Here's a look at the front and back of the first card in the blue on blue set:

1989 Star Blue:Blue White Back #1 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card
1989 Star Blue-Blue White Back #1 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card Back Side

1989 Star Blue/Blue White Back #2

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $30

The next card in the sequence features a nice action shot on the front and gives a brief overview of his Minor League stats on the back.

1989 Star Blue:Blue White Back #2 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card
1989 Star Blue-Blue White Back #2 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card Back Side

1989 Star Blue/Blue White Back #3

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $30

The third card gives a nice breakdown of his career progression throughout his time in the Northwest League. I like the way everything is told in sentence fragments like some of the old pre-War and early post-War cards. Surely it was to save space while being able to tell the complete story but I think it adds a nice touch.

1989 Star Blue:Blue White Back #3 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card
1989 Star Blue-Blue White Back #3 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card Back Side

1989 Star Blue/Blue White Back #4

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $30

Card number four goes into more detail on his 1988 season with both San Bernardino and Vermont up until he injured his back on June 9. From the sound of it, Griffey was tearing up the California League up to that point.

1989 Star Blue:Blue White Back #4 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card
1989 Star Blue-Blue White Back #4 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card Back Side

1989 Star Blue/Blue White Back #5

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $30

The next card documents his success after returning from the back injury on August 15. He picked up right where he had left off and went on to be named the #1 Major League prospect out of the California League by Baseball America Magazine.

1989 Star Blue:Blue White Back #5 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card
1989 Star Blue-Blue White Back #5 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card Back Side

1989 Star Blue/Blue White Back #6

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $30

And just for good measure, card number six nicely summarizes his rise to being named the #1 prospect in the California League. You can see for yourself the kind of stats he was producing at that point. Pretty impressive...

1989 Star Blue:Blue White Back #6 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card
1989 Star Blue-Blue White Back #6 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card Back Side

1989 Star Blue/Blue White Back #7

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $30

Star gave a nod to the importance of the father/son duo of Ken Griffey Sr. and The Kid on the next card.  But I think it would've been nice to also show them together on the card front. Either way, it's a nice tribute to both of them.

1989 Star Blue:Blue White Back #7 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card
1989 Star Blue-Blue White Back #7 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card Back Side

1989 Star Blue/Blue White Back #8

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $30

Finally, on the eighth card, Star goes into more detail on Griffey's personal information like height, weight, birthplace, etc.  It probably would've made more sense to put this farther up front in the set sequence but it's better late than never. 

1989 Star Blue:Blue White Back #8 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card
1989 Star Blue-Blue White Back #8 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card Back Side

1989 Star Blue/Blue White Back #9

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $30

This is probably my favorite card in the set. Not because of the front imagery, which is kind of odd and boring but because of the back. I like how Star gives a peek into Griffey's future and how promising his career was at that point. Going into detail on the Mariners not being a contender, the Seattle ballpark and what those two things meant for his career adds an interesting touch.

1989 Star Blue:Blue White Back #9 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card
1989 Star Blue-Blue White Back #9 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card Back Side

1989 Star Blue/Blue White Back #10

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $30

The next two cards contain some good imagery of the young Griffey on their front sides but I'm not really sure where Star was going with their backs. They both are just called "Mariners" in the set sequence and both show nothing more than the team logo on the back. Maybe they ran out of ideas of what to say. 

1989 Star Blue:Blue White Back #10 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card
1989 Star Blue-Blue White Back #10 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card Back Side

1989 Star Blue/Blue White Back #11

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $30

Last but not least, the other "Mariners" card in the set. Overall, I think it's an interesting set and was a nice way to help hype up Griffey Jr. at that point in time.

1989 Star Blue:Blue White Back #11 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card
1989 Star Blue-Blue White Back #11 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card Back Side

1989 Star Blue/White Yellow Back #1

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $30

As mentioned previously, the second set really only differs from the first in the images on the front and the color schemes. I'm not exactly sure why there were two separate designs but since they do tell the same story, I'll just list them out for you to look over.

1989 Star Ken Griffey Jr. Blue:White Yellow Back #1 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card
1989 Star Ken Griffey Jr. Blue-White Yellow Back #1 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card Back Side

1989 Star Blue/White Yellow Back #2

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $30

1989 Star Ken Griffey Jr. Blue:White Yellow Back #2 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card
1989 Star Ken Griffey Jr. Blue-White Yellow Back #2 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card Back Side

1989 Star Blue/White Yellow Back #3

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $30

1989 Star Ken Griffey Jr. Blue:White Yellow Back #3 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card
1989 Star Ken Griffey Jr. Blue-White Yellow Back #3 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card Back Side

1989 Star Blue/White Yellow Back #4

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $30

1989 Star Ken Griffey Jr. Blue:White Yellow Back #4 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card
1989 Star Ken Griffey Jr. Blue-White Yellow Back #4 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card Back Side

1989 Star Blue/White Yellow Back #5

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $30

1989 Star Ken Griffey Jr. Blue:White Yellow Back #5 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card
1989 Star Ken Griffey Jr. Blue-White Yellow Back #5 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card Back Side

1989 Star Blue/White Yellow Back #6

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $30

1989 Star Ken Griffey Jr. Blue:White Yellow Back #6 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card
1989 Star Ken Griffey Jr. Blue-White Yellow Back #6 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card Back Side

1989 Star Blue/White Yellow Back #7

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $30

1989 Star Ken Griffey Jr. Blue:White Yellow Back #7 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card
1989 Star Ken Griffey Jr. Blue-White Yellow Back #7 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card Back Side

1989 Star Blue/White Yellow Back #8

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $30

1989 Star Ken Griffey Jr. Blue:White Yellow Back #8 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card
1989 Star Ken Griffey Jr. Blue-White Yellow Back #8 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card Back Side

1989 Star Blue/White Yellow Back #9

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $30

1989 Star Ken Griffey Jr. Blue:White Yellow Back #9 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card
1989 Star Ken Griffey Jr. Blue-White Yellow Back #9 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card Back Side

1989 Star Blue/White Yellow Back #10

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $30

1989 Star Ken Griffey Jr. Blue:White Yellow Back #10 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card
1989 Star Ken Griffey Jr. Blue-White Yellow Back #10 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card Back Side

1989 Star Blue/White Yellow Back #11

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $30

1989 Star Ken Griffey Jr. Blue:White Yellow Back #11 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card
1989 Star Ken Griffey Jr. Blue-White Yellow Back #11 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card Back Side

1989 Star Nova #118

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $15

The 1989 Star Nova set was comprised of 153 cards in total, broken into 9-card runs of 17 of the game's biggest stars of the day.

Alongside Ken Griffey Jr., the set featured Mike Greenwell, Darryl Strawberry, Don Mattingly, Eric Davis, Jose Canseco, Sandy Alomar Jr., Kirby Puckett, Orel Hershiser, Wade Boggs, Rickey Henderson, Will Clark, Bo Jackson, Mike Schmidt, Gary Sheffield, Cal Ripken Jr. and Ryne Sandberg. 

There are many notable big name exemptions like Tony Gwynn, Ozzie Smith, Nolan Ryan, etc. but fortunately for Griffey Jr. collectors he was included.

The card fronts used a blue over yellow color scheme and followed nearly the same sequence as the previously mentioned 11-card Star sets. The only difference in this set is that the checklist card and second Mariners card at the end were omitted.

1989 Star Nova #118 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Star Nova #119

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $15

1989 Star Nova #119 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Star Nova #120

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $15

1989 Star Nova #120 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Star Nova #121

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $15

1989 Star Nova #121 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Star Nova #122

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $15

1989 Star Nova #122 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Star Nova #123

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $15

1989 Star Nova #123 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Star Nova #124

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $15

1989 Star Nova #124 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Star Nova #125

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $15

1989 Star Nova #125 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Star Nova #126

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $15

1989 Star Nova #126 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

Unlicensed Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Cards

The rest of the cards on this list are unlicensed (to my knowledge) oddball releases.

As you scroll through them, you'll notice that many of them are plain in design and rather dull at times.

With so many of them produced, it's easy to see how the market was clearly becoming flooded with baseball cards at that time.

So many were trying to take advantage of the hype surrounding Griffey Jr. and the card craze in general that they just started rattling off different cards left and right.

1989 Action Superstars Display Cards #5

1989 Action Superstars Display Cards #5 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Pacific Cards And Comics Baseball's Best Three #5

1989 Pacific Cards & Comics Baseball's Best Three #5 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Action Superstars MLB Logo Test #1

1989 Action Superstars MLB Logo Test #1 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Action Superstars MLB Logo Test #2

1989 Action Superstars MLB Logo Test #2 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Action Superstars MLB Logo Test No Number

1989 Action Superstars MLB Logo Test No Number Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Action Superstars MLB Logo Test No Number 

1989 Action Superstars MLB Logo Test No Number 2 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Action Superstars MLB Logo Test No Number

1989 Action Superstars MLB Logo Test No Number 3 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 All American Promo Cards Series I #6

1989 All American Promo Cards Series I #6 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 All American Promo Cards Series II #1

1989 All-American Promo Series II #1 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 All American Promo Cards Series II #2

1989 All-American Promo Series II #2 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 All American Promo Cards Series III #6

1989 All-American Promo Series III #6 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 All American Promo Cards Series III #7

1989 All-American Promo Series III #7 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Baseball's Hottest Rookies #5

1989 Baseball's Hottest Rookies #5 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Baseball's Hottest Rookies #6

1989 Baseball's Hottest Rookies #6 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Baseball's Hottest Stars #1

1989 Baseball's Hottest Stars #1 Baseball Card

1989 Baseball's Hottest Stars #2

1989 Baseball's Hottest Stars #2 Baseball Card

1989 Baseball's Top Twenty #11

1989 Baseball's Top Twenty #11 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Black and Silver #1

1989 Black and Silver 1 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Black and Silver #2

1989 Black and Silver 2 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Black and Silver #3

1989 Black and Silver 3 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Black and Silver #4

1989 Black and Silver 4 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Black and Silver #5

1989 Black and Silver 5 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Broder Rookies Superstars #1

1989 Broder Rookies Superstars #1 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Broder Rookies Superstars #2

1989 Broder Rookies Superstars #2 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Cactus League All-Stars #16

1989 Cactus League All-Stars #16 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Cactus League All-Stars #17

1989 Cactus League All-Stars #17 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Cactus League All-Stars #18

1989 Cactus League All-Stars #18 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Collector's Choice #1

1989 Collector's Choice #1 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Collector's Choice #12

1989 Collector's Choice #12 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Franklin Caramel Series II #2

1989 Franklin Caramel Series II #2 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Grand Slam Dice Game Gray

1989 Grand Slam Dice Game Gray Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Grand Slam Dice Game Light Blue

1989 Grand Slam Dice Game Light Blue Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Grand Slam Dice Game Pink and Light Blue

1989 Grand Slam Dice Game Pink And Light Blue Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Pacific Cards And Comics Baseball's Best Five #7

1989 Pacific Cards & Comics Baseball's Best Five #7 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Pacific Cards And Comics Baseball's Best Four #3

1989 Pacific Cards & Comics Baseball's Best Four #3 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Pacific Cards And Comics Playball USA #10

1989 Pacific Cards & Comics Playball U.S.A. #10 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Pacific Cards And Comics Rookies Superstars #6

1989 Pacific Cards & Comics Rookies Superstars #6 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Pacific Cards And Comics Rookies Superstars II #4

1989 Pacific Cards & Comics Rookies Superstars Two #4 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Pacific Cards And Comics Series III #6

1989 Pacific Cards & Comics Series III #6 Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card

1989 Pacific Cards And Comics #4

1989 Pacific Cards & Comics Series III #6 Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card

1989 Pacific Cards And Comics #6

1989 Pacific Cards & Comics Series III #6 Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card

1989 Pacific Cards And Comics #16

1989 Pacific Cards & Comics Series III #6 Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card

1989 Phoenix Collect The Stars Magnetables

1989 Phoenix Collect The Stars Magnetables #NNO Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Premier Player '89 Set I #1

1989 Premier Player '89 Set 1 #1 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Premier Player '89 Set I #2

1989 Premier Player '89 Set 1 #2 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Premier Player '89 Set II #5

1989 Premier Player '89 Set 2 #5 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Premier Player '89 Set II #6

1989 Premier Player '89 Set 2 #6 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Premier Player '89 Set II #7

1989 Premier Player '89 Set 2 #7 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Premier Player Gold Edition Series V #1

1989 Premier Player Gold Edition Series 5 #1 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Premier Player Gold Edition Series V #4

1989 Premier Player Gold Edition Series 5 #4 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Premier Player Silver Edition Series IV #2

1989 Premier Player Silver Edition Series 4 #2 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Premier Player Silver Edition Series IV #4

1989 Premier Player Silver Edition Series 4 #4 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Rookie Fever Series I #6

1989 Rookie Fever Series I #6 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Rookie Fever Series I #10

1989 Rookie Fever Series I #10 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Rookies I #8

1989 Rookies I #8 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Sun Ray Stars

1989 Sun Ray Stars Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 Sun Ray Stars (Other Version)

1989 Sun Ray Stars II Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 The Kid #1

1989 The Kid #1 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 The Kid #2

1989 The Kid #2 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 The Kid #3

1989 The Kid #3 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 The Kid #4

1989 The Kid #4 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 The Kid #5

1989 The Kid #5 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 The Kid #6

1989 The Kid #6 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 The Kid #7

1989 The Kid #7 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 The Kid #8

1989 The Kid #8 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 The Kid #9

1989 The Kid #9 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 The Kid #10

1989 The Kid #10 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 The Kid #11

1989 The Kid #11 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card

1989 The Kid #12

1989 The Kid #12 Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball Card
Ross Uitts
 

Ross is the founder of Old Sports Cards and has been collecting sports cards for over 30 years. He also loves to write about the hobby and has written for Beckett, Topps, SABR and of course, this website. Need help buying or selling cards or have a general question about the hobby? Contact him at [email protected]

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