Monday, October 13, 2008

1989 Upper Deck

Folks, we have a winner. Finally. 1989 Upper Deck was the biggest thing to hit the pike in the history of cards at the time. Even though they were solely to blame for triple-digit card values right out of the pack, there's no denying the importance these had on the hobby.

Counterfeit-proof holograms, card backs that were better than most others fronts, and a stellar classic looking design right out of the box made these the Holy Grail of 80's cards, surpassing '84 Donruss without even breaking much of a sweat. It's not often something lives up to the hype, but these did and still do.

Unfortunately it was still the same collection of has beens and never will be's that made up the Tigers set (Ivan DeJesus? Torey Lovullo? Good god, what was I doing in 1989?) 

Anyway, the 1989 Upper Deck Tigers:
47 Paul Gibson
49 Larry Herndon
106 Tom Brookens
117 Gary Pettis
128 Chet Lemon
136 Luis Salazar
150 Matt Nokes
259 Ray Knight
266 Dave Bergman
279 Guillermo Hernandez
290 Alan Trammell
298 Doyle Alexander
352 Jack Morris
355 Ivan DeJesus
373 Mike Henneman
391 Frank Tanana
451 Lou Whitaker
454 Jim Walewander
472 Jeff Robinson
475 Walt Terrell
493 Eric King
652 Pat Sheridan
654 Mike Heath
690 Team Checklist/Alan Trammell

As I recall, Upper Deck got a little sneaky with their Update set. Instead of releasing them as a separate set, they just started issuing packs that included cards 701-800 along with the cards of the base 1-700 set. I have no confirmation as to how pissed Topps was for Upper Deck coming up with a diabolical ploy that Topps would've loved to spring on an unsuspecting public. After finishing a 700 card set, you had to then buy packs that only had 2-3 high number cards, so Upper Deck made sure you spent as much money getting the last 100 cards as you did getting the first 700.

The 1989 Upper Deck, uh, Update set:
714 Ken Williams
761 Fred Lynn
764 Steve Searcy
782 Torey Lovullo
784 Chris Brown

Then once it was all said and done, they issued a factory set of all 800 cards. For something like $70. 


1 comment:

Lindemann said...

But it was all worth it to get that gen-u-ine Steve Searcy card, right?