By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
A modern-day legend has a new home.
Topps announced Monday morning that Ken Griffey Jr. has signed an autograph deal with the longest-running manufacturer of baseball cards to appear in its products starting in 2012.
Griffey previously was an exclusive spokesman and signer for Upper Deck — and the face of a generation’s cardboard boom — has never signed a Topps card for a certified release. In all, the future Hall of Famer has signed more than 1,100 different cards since his cardboard debut and appears on 13,683 different baseball cards in the Beckett.com database.
His first autographs will appear in 2012 Topps Tribute and 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen, the company said.
We’ll have more on this as soon as it becomes available.
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