A resurfaced photo of Ken Griffey Jr. recreating his iconic 1989 Upper Deck rookie card has baseball Twitter feeling all kinds of nostalgic.
That’s right. More than two decades later, one of the greatest hitters in the history of Major League Baseball broke out the same Seattle Mariners hat and even the same gold pendant for a new photo.
Ken Griffey Jr retook his 89 Upper Deck photo 33 years later and we can officially shut the internet down pic.twitter.com/7ItckGkb64
— BaseballHistoryNut (@nut_history) August 30, 2022
Ken Griffey Jr. recreating his 1989 Upper Deck rookie card photo brings back memories
For the record, in 1989 Ken Griffey Jr. was a 19-year-old rookie who went on to hit 16 home runs, drive in 61, and steal 16 bases. He finished third in the American League Rookie of the Year voting behind Baltimore Orioles reliever Gregg Olson and Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Tom Gordon, and just ahead of Orioles third baseman Craig Worthington.
Olson would go on to save 217 games over 14 seasons with nine different teams.
Gordon would play for 21 seasons, going 138-126 with 158 saves for eight different teams.
Worthington would go on to hit 33 home runs and drive in 144 in seven seasons with the Orioles, Indians, Reds, and Rangers.
Griffey would play 22 years for three different teams and hit 630 home runs with 1,836 RBI before being elected to the Hall of Fame.
Baseball fans, as previously mentioned, absolutely loved Junior seeing recreated his rookie card photo, both then and now.
Did you know Junior is actually wearing a San Bernardino Spirits hat on the card and Upper Deck photoshopped it to look like a Mariners hat pic.twitter.com/Tdc9tsTeCv— Mike Monaghan (@lifewithmikey52) August 30, 2022
“That was actually the first, pretty much,” Griffey admitted to The Sporting News in 2014. “That baseball card was me in a San Bernardino uniform, they just Photoshopped it.
“If you notice, the Mariners had the blue stripe down the center of the shirt,” Griffey added. “That one doesn’t have it. And if you look at the hat closely enough, you’ll see the trim of the red where the yellow is.”
It was the most iconic card of the JunkWax era. I don’t care if there’s millions of them out there. Upper Deck nailed it with the card, and Griffey Jr. delivered with a Hall of Fame career.— Jason Albrecht (@Albydamn) August 30, 2022
Many baseball fans still remember pulling the card as kids and being very excited.
I remember when I pulled this card in '89, one of the greatest moments of my baseball nerdism. Bought the boys a box for Christmas and before opening identified all the potential gems within. My oldest son pulled this card in the penultimate pack. We all celebrated. Amazing pic.— Josh Cox (@JoshCox) August 30, 2022
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