1987 #1 Draft Pick – Ken Griffey Jr.
Here is the second card in the countdown to the 2010 MLB draft. What team wouldn’t love to get a player like Griffey this year? I guess that I never really paid attention to the fact that he was a number one overall pick. I do remember two years later though when his cards hit the market. His 1989 Fleer and Upper Deck cards were the ones to have. I can’t remember it now, but there was a trick to pulling a Griffey in the cello packs. For that reason I have many 1989 Fleer Griffey’s in my collection.
I always loved to watch Griffey play so I was excited in 2008 when Kenny Williams finally got the deal done to bring him to Chicago. I never did get to see him hit a home run, but it was great just to be able to watch him patrol the outfield as a Chicago White Sox player. The following year he was playing for the Mariners in the first game of a doubleheader. It was kind of a full circle moment for me as I watched him play for his first club. I still have the poster of Griffey and his dad that they gave away in the late 80’s.
It was hard for me to find a picture for this card. Not too many fit the card format, and I had to settle on this one. It was taken in September of 2008 in old Yankee Stadium. I have some of him in a Mariner uniform, but they are from over his head, and you cannot see him very well.
Here are the picks of the first round in 1987. I see two sure Hall of Famers in the 26 picks. Not to bad a ratio.