LAS VEGAS - In honor of Ken Griffey Jr.'s return to the Seattle Mariners, the Upper Deck trading card company has announced that they will produce two new Griffey baseball cards.
Upper Deck says after the announcement was made that Griffey would come home to Seattle, they went to work securing up-to-date photos of Junior practicing in Peoria.
The first card, to hit the shelves in April, will show Junior at the recent press conference and will be a short-printed insert card in 2009 Upper Deck's MLB Piece of History release.
The second is a caricature card showing Griffey standing at Seattle's Pike's Place Market, awaiting a fish thrown to him by the team's mascot, the Mariner Moose. This card will be available at select hobby shops across the country as a gift with purchase shortly before Opening Day (April 6).
Griffey's rookie card (# 1) is from Upper Deck's inaugural baseball release in 1989.
"(Griffey's) rookie card basically put us on the map 20 years ago," said Jason Masherah, Upper Deck's senior sports brand manager. "So it's our pleasure to be the first company to release updated cards showing Junior returning to his original team: the Seattle Mariners."