Wednesday, June 2, 2010

End Of An Era

Today my favorite baseball player retired, this was a day that has been long coming and I am happy that it has finally arrived. Ken Griffey Jr decided to call it a career after 22 seasons with the Mariners, Reds and a brief stint with the Chicago White Sox. He should be a first ballot Hall of Famer with the career that he has put up, a .284 lifetime BA, 1,836 RBIs, 630 HRs not to mention 13 All-Star games, 11 Gold Gloves and an AL MVP Award.

I am proud to be a Griffey fan and have done my best to have a diverse collection. Besides the memorabilia I have a decent collection of cards and decided to grab a random selection of hits to post up in honor of this special day. Oddly enough, I have never pulled a Griffey hit ever, which is pretty disappointing; these cards were all received through trades or purchased.

Some of the more interesting highlights in my collection;
2000 Upper Deck Japanese Ovation S-KG- Game Used Shoe
-The scan came out a bit light; the shoe leather is actually bright yellow

2000 Stadium Club Play At The Plate PP4- Batter’s Box Dirt
- The location where the dirt was collected at is not listed; I figured it is probably from Cincinnati’s Cinergy Field.

2001 Fleer EX Wall of Fame- Outfield Wall Relic
- The wall is listed as being from game dated 6/17/2000 when Griffey had 2 Walks, 1 HR and 1 RBI. The Reds played the Padres in San Diego on 6/17/2000, so the wall is a relic from Qualcomm/Jack Murphy Stadium

2003 Upper Deck Vintage Capping The Action CA-KG- Game Used Ball Cap
-Having both a hat relic and shoe relic is pretty cool, part of a head to toe collection.

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