We’re again this week with the Playing cards & Kicks: Ken Griffey Jr version. When Jake and I sat down to debate this collection the main target was at all times going to be on basketball. Merely put, it simply made an excessive amount of sense for it to not be. The NBA was experiencing a tradition shift within the period that will not be ignored. Nevertheless, each Jake and I knew that we needed to embrace Ken Griffey Jr.
For the whole lot that we love in regards to the NBA and what was occurring there within the ’90s, Jr. was all that and extra to the MLB. Nike understood this and in the summertime of ’96, we obtained what was among the best advert campaigns to ever run throughout an election 12 months. No, I’m not speaking about Invoice Clinton or George Bush. I’m speaking about Ken Griffey Jr. for President. In a phrase, it was good, however what else would you anticipate from Nike.
The advertising and marketing staff rolled out bumper stickers, buttons, t-shirts, hats, and even tv adverts. US Residents had been reminded that Griffey might hit a curveball, he might crush a fastball, and he was at all times prepared for a change-up. He was snug on both aspect of the aisle, and most significantly, he wasn’t Reggie Jackson. Ken Griffey Jr. was a one-of-a-kind candidate that saved baseball and he was prepared to save lots of the nation.
Effectively, not less than in accordance with the adverts.
Whereas that didn’t fairly develop into the case, sneakerheads and collectors didn’t care. Collectors obtained this glorious promo card and sneakerheads obtained the Nike Air Griffey Max 1. Right here’s my associate Jake with a bit extra on the Playing cards & Kicks: Ken Griffey Jr version.
Jake Roy – ’90s Bball Playing cards:
Ken Griffey Jr. was the most important star in sports activities within the ’90s exterior of MJ. It appeared apparent that if anybody in baseball would have a signature shoe, it’d be Griffey! It was nearly inconceivable to seek out anybody with something unfavourable to say about him or his abilities. Everybody was a Griffey fan!
Jr. gained Gold Gloves each single season from 1990-1999. He additionally gained the Silver Slugger award 7 occasions and led the American League in Dwelling Runs four occasions! His swing was so clean, so easy, and simply merely lovely. It by no means appeared like he was attempting to swing laborious, however the ball would simply leap off his bat! It was nearly a each day incidence to see Griffey on the Sports activities Heart highlights both showcasing his attractive swing or making an unbelievable catch within the outfield. He perpetually wore an infectious smile simply exuding the eagerness he had enjoying the game.
You then’d get to see him within the house run derby. It was nearly a revolutionary second once we noticed him together with his hat on backward on the occasion. After all, my brothers and I needed to put on our hats backward every time we had our own residence run derby within the yard.
This card was basically a Nike promotional card and jogs my memory of a few of these traditional Nike posters of the ‘80s. Similar to stated posters, there isn’t any new or flashy expertise getting used to punch it up. It simply used good images and iconic imagery. It actually highlighted Griffey nicely and his swagger whereas maintaining his new footwear clearly seen. This card is a traditional illustration of ’90s promoting and Ken Griffey Jr. is a quintessential ’90s star.
Earlier than their “Chicks Dig the Longball” adverts, Griffey in ’96 was Nike’s reply to the 18 to 35 demo watching the MLB. In the identical vogue, the Nike Air Griffey Max 1’s had been the reply to connecting to would-be baseball gamers throughout the nation. The colorways had been pivotal and initially got here in three distinct designs. The primary two, “Emerald” and “Freshwater”, had been Mariner’s themed and broadly accessible. Nevertheless, the third colorway, “Varsity Royal”, was a way more restricted launch
Similar to the trainers, Griffey wore a cleated model on the sector as nicely. Once more, one other good transfer by Nike, the cleated model was not a Gamers Version however accessible to the shopping for public. That meant one might stand on the left aspect of the plate and observe Jr’s swing in his signature shoe. This led to youngsters on little league and highschool fields in all places doing their greatest Swingman. Irritating coaches within the course of.
Since their launch within the mid-90s, these footwear have remained fashionable simply because the Griffey in 96 promotional gadgets. Collectors can nonetheless discover these buttons and bumper stickers on the secondary market with ease. The cardboard is simply as simple to seek out as nicely and that’s good for the interest. Nevertheless, don’t be fooled however listings that state that the cardboard is “uncommon”. The truth is, I wouldn’t spend greater than $6 all-in on one. Nonetheless, it an ideal addition to a Griffey assortment. I might go so far as to say it’s vital.
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