posted on Apr, 10 2006 @ 04:11 PM
Yes, I found it.
In 1993, Ken Griffey, Jr., signed 1,993 copies of a "Topps pre-production card, limited edition of 1993." Each card is autographed and numbered in
blue ink, framed in some kind of hard plastic substance, and has a dark blue base with a plaque which reads as quoted above. The front photo features
him dropping his bat after a swing; the back photo is a facial. On the back are his stats through 1992.
I have two copies of this, one of which is #37 and the other of which is #976. I'm keeping #37, but I will give you #976. Since the guy is not only
a member of the 500 HR club, but has already passed fellow members Murray, Ott, Banks, Mathews, McCovey, Ted Williams, Foxx and Mantle--and is STILL
only 36--this is a guy who likely will hit 600 HR's. And, despite a suspicious 4-year spike in which he hit 209 HR's, he is widely perceived,
including probably by me, as someone who hit his HR's legitimately.
I know that when I bought my original card, for something like $200, I thought it was a great investment in the man who would surely break Aaron's
record. Well, he surely won't break that record, and the last I knew, the price of the card had fallen a lot, which is why I bought the second one
(at a real cheap price, like $50).
I don't know what they are worth now, but given the above HR facts, and given the undeniable fact this guy is #12 on the all-time HR list--and rising,
with Mike Schmidt next at 548--I would think a limited edition, autographed and numbered card of his ought to be worth something. No? (If you find
out, on the Net or otherwise, that it's worth the equivalent of five hundred American dollars, do me a favor and tell me, and I'll send you something
like my Manute Bol autographed card instead, ok? I'm in debt, so $500....)
I THINK I just found a place on-line which is selling it for $179, so I don't think the equivalent of $500 will be an issue. And if it is, screw it.
I won't be flying to England anytime soon to sell a baseball card, so if you can get that much, more power to you.
Please send me a U2U about how to follow up on this. I will send you a flood of Griffey stats to help at the auction. And please let me know what
this card goes for, since my #37 should go for more.