1989 Upper Deck


  • This was the first set ever released by Upper Deck.
  • This was the first set to feature the use of holograms.
  • The first cards to be sold in tamper-proof foil packs.
  • At $0.89 a pack, carried, by far, the highest suggested retail price of its time.
  • Upon its release, there was speculation that collectors wouldn't pay that much for a pack of cards and that the market couldn't support a sixth card maker.
  • Eighteen year old Upper Deck employee Tom Geideman is credited for wanting to make Ken Griffey Jr. the #1 card in the set.
  • Ken Griffey Jr. was actually not wearing a Mariners cap when the picture was taken. He was wearing his minor league San Bernardino Spirit cap and the picture was edited to look like a Mariners cap.
  • The picture was so convincing that Griffey himself, supposedly, asked an Upper Deck photographer a year later when the picture was taken because he didn't remember posing with a Mariners cap.
  • The set arrived 3 months later than planned because of production problems.
  • Card #117 of Gary Pettis shows him holding and looking at the very card he's on.
  • The #1 Ken Griffey Jr. card was featured on the cover of the May 1991 issue of Sports Card Trader magazine.
  • Some of the other players considered for the #1 card were Gregg Jefferies, Sandy Alomar Jr., and Gary Sheffield.


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