News & Notes: Junior on His Rookie Card; Potty Training With ’14 Topps; Giants Not Worried About Suit

It seems hard to believe but it really has been 25 years since the big news in the sports card industry was the arrival of a new company that put holograms (holograms!?!) PSA 10 Ken Griffey Jr. Upper Deck rookie cardon the back of its foil entombed baseball packs that cost 99 cents (99 cents!?!).

In a few months, the card that everyone wanted was #1 in the 1989 Upper Deck set, a 19-year-old phenom named Ken Griffey Jr. They’re still popular as you can see here.

To a casual observer, it looks like he’s wearing a Mariners uniform in the photo, but that isn’t the case.  He was still a minor leaguer when the photo was taken.

Once a reluctant interview, Junior opened up to the Sporting News about what he now considers a fun and special time in his career and answered a question about whether Griffey Jr. owns any Griffey Jr. rookie cards.


2014 Topps Pro Debut Alfaro Are the new baseball cards awesome or not so awesome?  Like most things these days, it depends on who you ask.

For a card collecting dad like Howard Megdal of Sports on Earth who uses them to build a bond with his young daughter, the answer is the former.

Or, if you’re Cee Angi of SB Nation, who sees what they are and imagines something better each year only to come away disappointed, it’s the latter.


New York GiantsThat phone book sized lawsuit filed by a collector/dealer against the New York Giants and Eli Manninig last week has garnered a lot of headlines.  The allegations are pretty explosive and paint a not to pretty picture of what it says was nothing less than deception and fraud by the NFL team.

Outside of issuing a statement, the Giants and Manning haven’t discussed the suit, but owner John Mara said over the weekend that the team was ‘very confident’ the lawsuit would be tossed in a court of law.

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