Topps signs Ken Griffey Jr. to autograph deal

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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 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.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. Quentin
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Glad to see his autos are spreading out among other manufacturers.

  2. Michael Marrufo
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    I think thats awesome that topps signed Ken Griffey Jr, to do autographs this year and hopefully I can be luck enough to get one

  3. Brianwoodside
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Great looking Tribute auto. How about a dual with Willie Mays?

  4. Yankee_Pride
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    blown through all his money that quick ehh ?

  5. Nick Tegeler
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    I thought he was exclusively Upper Deck. I am glad to see him get away from there… I wonder when his contract with them expired. I hope more of the players they have leave or their contract runs out soon (i.e. Michael Jordan).

  6. Chris H
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    It’s only a matter of time before we get Topps Jeter AUs.

  7. Nick Tegeler
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Glad to see one of the great players Upper Deck has had on lock down get free from their contract. I hope the other few thay have across other sports follow soon.

  8. Posted November 28, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    That’s cool now when I get griifey with topps i could get my fifth auto pulled sweet !!!

  9. Posted November 28, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    That’s great to hear now I can pull my fifth Griffey auto with Topps how sweet is that !!

  10. Posted November 28, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    How cool is that now i can pull my fifth griffey auto with topps how sweet is that !!

  11. kevin hurt
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    damn he has a nice auto I only collect topps so I got to have one. the gypsy queen looks better than the tribute.

  12. Charles Petit
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Yeah! Beautiful Griffey sigs on cruddy Topps Stickers!

  13. Joe
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    As if the Upper Deck stickers are any better. Give the “sticker” bitch & moan session a break will you. If the companies do hand signed autos there will be less autos or the box price will be more expensive. Look at it this way. The player touched the sticker. Placement of the sticker is a better complaint. Anyway, on to more important things.
    THIS NEWS IS AWESOME. Griffey autos on Topps is the best news in the card industry in a long time.

  14. bigmerz
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    I think this is terrible news based on the fact that UD having exclusive rights to some of these players is one of the few leverage points they have to get back into baseball cards and disrupt the monopoly and resulting quality control issues TOPPS has abused the market with since taking over. Just my $.02.

  15. kayla
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 11:21 am | Permalink


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