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 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.

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

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16 comments

  1. Michael Marrufo 28 November, 2011 at 14:18

    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

  2. Nick Tegeler 28 November, 2011 at 16:34

    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).

  3. Nick Tegeler 28 November, 2011 at 16:53

    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.

  4. kevin hurt 28 November, 2011 at 17:39

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

  5. Joe 29 November, 2011 at 09:54

    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.

  6. bigmerz 29 November, 2011 at 14:38

    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.

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