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Ken Griffey Jr. owns 100 copies of his ('shopped) rookie card

Griffey says he owns more than 100 copies of his rookie Upper Deck card.
Posted By Gabrielle Levy   |   Feb. 6, 2014 at 4:18 PM   |   Comments

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WINTER GARDEN, Fla., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Ken Griffey Jr.'s rookie baseball card was a big deal: the No. 1 card in Upper Deck's first set in 1989, but it's not entirely for real.

Griffey was just 18 when the cards came out. In fact, he's not even wearing his Seattle Mariners uniform in the photo.

"That baseball card was me in a San Bernardino uniform, they just Photoshopped it," Griffey, now retired, explained. "If you notice, the Mariners had the blue stripe down the center of the shirt. That one doesn't have it. And if you look at the hat closely enough, you'll see the trim of the red where the yellow is."

The outfielder says the 25-year-old card remains his favorite, and he's got the collection to prove it.

"I got a few... over 100," Griffey Jr. said. "I have the bigger version of that. A couple of those, too. I don't have a hundred, but I have a couple."


[Sporting News]

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