Ken Griffey Jr’s famed rookie card was photoshopped

Aug 10, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners former outfielder Ken Griffey Jr addresses the Seattle Mariners team in the dugout during an induction ceremony into the Seattle Mariners hall of fame before the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Milwaukee Brewers at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

It’s not exactly breaking news that baseball cards today are sometimes photoshopped. That’s not an indication that all are, but if a player moves teams or something else strange happens, most companies have a team of dedicated graphic artists who’ll make the necessary changes.

But back in 1989? When cell phones were as big as your leg and computers still used floppy discs, baseball cards were being edited graphically? That can’t be possible, can it?

Well according to Ken Griffey Jr., it can be.

The baseball icon was interviewed by Sporting News recently and said Junior’s famed 1989 Upper Deck rookie card was photoshopped.

“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. 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.”

Griffey, for what it’s worth, stated that he has over 100 copies of his rookie card – one of the more coveted in baseball card collections.

H/T Big League Stew

Topics: Ken Griffey Jr, Seattle Mariners

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