Ken Griffey Jr. is coming to the Topps Company in 2012. What does that mean for Upper Deck, who previously had Junior under an exclusive contract so tight that The Kid never signed a single autograph for Topps? Just more trouble for the card company that once ruled The Hobby.
Upper Deck, years removed from their final MLB-licensed baseball set seems more doomed than ever. The question now remains can this once dominant card company survive long enough to regain their baseball license?
Only time will tell …
UPDATE: Below are images of Ken’s first Topps autographs. Although these are just mock-ups, it proves yet again that baseball cards ONLY work when MLB logos are included. Sorry Leaf & Panini, I don’t think anything unlicensed could ever compare.
PS – The images came from The Beckett Blog.