Ken Griffey Jr: Celebration of the Kid, Pt. 2

Top Cards from the 2024 Topps Series 1 Celebration of the Kid Insert

Date: Feb 22, 2024
Topics: 2024 Topps Series 1, 2024 Topps Series 1 Celebration of the Kid Insert, Baseball, How To Collect, Ken Griffey Jr., Mariners, MLB, Seattle, Seattle Mariners
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We pay homage to one of baseball’s most iconic figures: Ken Griffey Jr. With a Hall of Fame resume that resonates like 808s, including 13 All-Star appearances, 10 Gold Glove Awards, and 630 career home runs, Griffey Jr. left an unforgettable mark on the sport. Not only was he a force at the plate, but his prowess as an outfielder was unmatched, reminiscent of Willie Mays with his gravity-defying catches, robbing batters at the wall and leaving spectators in awe. Beyond his on-field achievements, Griffey Jr. served as a beacon of inspiration, igniting a passion for the game in a generation of players who idolized his every move. As we celebrate the 35th anniversary of his MLB debut, the Celebration of the Kid insert in the 2024 Topps Series 1 serves as an ode to Griffey Jr.’s enduring legacy, capturing the essence of his greatness in each card. Check out our list of top cards from The Celebration of the Kid insert in 2024 Topps Series 1.


Top Celebration of the Kid Cards


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2024 Topps Series 1 #KIDA-KG1 Ken Griffey Jr. Auto /10

The image provided for card 1 in the Celebration of the Kid set was taken during the 1994 season — another campaign where Griffey cleaned up the hardware, grabbing All-Star, Gold Glove, and Silver Slugger honors. He also led the AL in homers, notching 40, and finished second in the league’s MVP voting.

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2024 Topps Series 1 #KIDA-KG24 Ken Griffey Jr. Auto /10

In 1997, Griffey won MVP honors for the first and only time in his career. However, the shot depicted on this card was taken a year later, in 1998. During that season, the Gold Glove-winning All-Star led the AL in home runs for the second consecutive year, hitting 56, and stole 20 bases for the first time. Few players in the history of baseball possess the combination of power and speed seen in Junior. Those are just the Snapple facts.

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2024 Topps Series 1 #KIDA-KG24 Ken Griffey Jr. Auto /10

There’s no denying Ken Griffey Jr.’s status as the premier defensive player of his time. His 10 Gold Gloves—a feat only matched by Andruw Jones, Roberto Clemente, and Willie Mays—tell the story. Despite this image being captured in 2010 after his final Gold Glove win and his debut year with Cincinnati, the Hall of Fame center fielder continued flashing the leather in his new home.

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2024 Topps Series 1 #KIDA-KG21 Ken Griffey Jr. /10

By 2008, Griffey had moved into a DH role with Cincinnati. At this point, the centerfielder continued polishing off a career fit for Cooperstown. He hit 15 homers with the Reds before moving to Chicago later in the year.

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2024 Topps Series 1 #KIDA-KG22 Ken Griffey Jr. /10

Griffey spent the final two seasons of his iconic career back where it all started in Seattle. But before returning to the team that made his dreams come true, the Hall of Famer enjoyed a 41-game stint with the White Sox. The photo here was also taken in 2008, which marked his 20th Big League season. Salute to longevity!


Ken Griffey Jr.: A Celebration of the Kid, Pt. 1


Ken Griffey Jr: Celebration of the Kid, Pt. 1

Top Cards from the 2024 Topps Series 1 Celebration of the Kid Insert

Date: Feb 22, 2024
Topics: 2024 Topps Series 1 Celebration of the Kid Insert, Baseball, How To Collect, Ken Griffey Jr., Mariners, MLB, Seattle, Seattle Mariners
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