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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Damaged Card HOF #4: Krinkled Kid

A friend of mine recently purchased a collection that included this Fleer rookie card of Ken Griffey Jr.:

1989 Fleer #548

You've got to wonder... why would anyone want to do this to The Kid?  Griffey is the epitome of "fan favorite".  And it's not like this card was ever considered a common.  Plus... this isn't your ordinary, everyday crease.  This card is severely creased with multiple veins shooting across Mr. Griffey's face and card back.

At least the previous owner valued the card enough to put it into a screwdown holder:

By the way, this is one of those non-recessed holder, so I'm thinking the guy was hoping to somehow fix this card by flattening it over time.  I've got to give the guy credit for his optimism, even if it obviously didn't help.

But that's okay... this card no longer has to suffer from loneliness and squishiness.  It's new home is in my Damaged Card Binder, where it hangs out with others just like him.

Happy Birthday Mr. Griffey!

As for everyone else... happy Thursday and sayonara!


  1. Kinda looks like a paper airplane fold, maybe that was the motivation

    1. Hmmm... maybe you're onto something. Sports Card Origami?

  2. Airplane The Kid really sounds good lol
    Maybe the owner was trying some weird voodoo on the card.

    1. Voodoo on The Kid? No way... Griffey's one of those guys everyone loves.

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    1. Lol... the scan doesn't do it justice. There were so many scratches on the holder, I threw it out.

  4. A couple of years ago, Target had baseball card display cases for sale, something you can hang on a wall. They held 15 - 20 cards, and they put sample baseball cards in the pockets. The cards were mostly junk-era cards. There was one, to my surprise, that had that Griffey card in it. I did a double take, went home to confirm that it was a rookie card, and bought it the next day (I conveniently put it behind all the other ones on the shelf).