The 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card Is Becoming a Bobblehead


The Seattle Mariners have revealed plans for their May 18 Ken Griffey Jr. bobblehead giveaway. It’s dubbed a “Rookie Year” and its inspiration is from another piece of Griffey iconography – his 1989 Upper Deck Rookie Card.

The team posted the following to Twitter:

The likeness might not be perfect, but what bobbleheads are? But between the massive smile, turtleneck, chain and high-sitting cap, there’s plenty there to recognize and get nostalgic over.

Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle Mariners Bobblehead SGA 2019 500

The game is a Saturday night tilt between Seattle and the visiting Minnesota Twins. A total of 20,000 of the 1989 Upper Deck-inspired Ken Griffey Jr. “Rookie Year” bobbleheads will be handed out.

It’s the second of four announced bobblehead giveaways the Mariners are doing this year. Treading in familiar territory, they also have a pair of Funko POP promotions in 2019.


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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