About The Card
When is a Topps rookie card not the "official" rookie card of a particular player? For one, the card not being available in packs of cards is one factor.
The other is when a brand new company steps in to shake things up. For the Ken Griffey Jr. Topps "rookie card," it was only available in Topps Traded sets (not packs), and thus isn't considered a true rookie.
And then to the second point, 1989 was the inaugural year for Upper Deck, which just so happened to feature Ken Griffey Jr. with card #1, thus making it one of the most valuable Upper Deck baseball cards around, and stealing thunder from a still beautiful 1989 Topps Traded Griffey rookie.
QuoteQuote"1989 Topps Traded Baseball is one of those sets that"s dominated largely by one card. That"s not to say it"s a bad set. It"s just one that over-printed, readily available and has a rookie card of one of the game"s all-time greats -- Ken Griffey Jr."
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