The newest member of the Miami Dolphins has a famous family, but it’s likely you don’t have his first football card.
He’s Trey Griffey — the son of baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. — and no matter how his NFL career goes he’s already got a Topps football card.
Trey Griffey’s cardboard debut came way back in 2012 when Topps included him in its Under Armour All-America Game set. Packs of cards featuring players from the prep all-star game were given to the first 3,000 fans in attendance for the event held in St. Petersburg, Fla., in early January of that year.
Not every pack included a Griffey, of course, and there’s another Griffey card that’s even rarer that was never put into packs. As part of the pre-game festivities, each player signed 200 cards for Topps — cards to potentially be released by the company once players turned pro — back when the company had an NFL card license. Could those cards turn up on the open market today or soon? We’ll see — but it doesn’t seem that likely.
Since that 2012 cardboard debut, Griffey played football for the Arizona Wildcats where he had 79 receptions for 1,241 yards and six touchdowns in four seasons. He was initially signed by the Indianapolis Colts this summer but was released — and also hasn’t appeared on any new football cards. The Seattle Mariners also drafted him in the 24th round of last year’s draft but he’s stuck with football — a move that could yield him a roster spot for good on the injury-depleted Dolphins.
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