1989 Upper Deck

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Jan. 22, 2016 - 8:18AM

The color backs were nothing new, as Score had a color photo on the back of it's card, although the action shots on the back of the 1989 UD were new as was the hologram...Overall, a great set and a great choice for their number 1 card..."The Kid" was the best choice but UD missed on the rest of their run...They never got it right with their number 1 choice again...Far be for me to believe that there are certain numbers that should contain iconic or SS players on them...Number 1 being one of them...

Nov. 5, 2015 - 11:47AM

In 1989, Upper Deck "tricked" the baseball card industry into investing $1.00 for packs of supposedly higher-class cards (when other companies had only inflated from $0.25 to $0.45 over the previous 10 years). This set turned out to be a poor investment, just like all of the other mass-produced card sets of the era. Card #1 of this set was the only card of significance this company ever produced during its entire existence. The design looks stale and rigid, which UD continued to replicate year after year. I wouldn't touch this set with a 10-foot pole. Glad I stuck with "The Real One".

Edited on: Sep. 26, 2016 - 3:21PM

Jun. 14, 2015 - 12:59PM

While I also hunted for these cards in 1989, it really did usher in laziness of baseball card designing, that I still feel the industry has never recovered from.

Mar. 2, 2015 - 2:45PM

This is very possibly my favorite set of all time. Great quality cards, and they weren't very easy to find, at least where I grew up in WV.

Dec. 13, 2014 - 5:09PM

You wanted to know which card set was the first that I opened. While this was certainly not the first pack of card I ever opened, it is the first I can remember opening for sure. I did this fairly late in life (I was 31 at the time, and I opened it with my father), and thus began a decade of wasting ten of thousands of dollars, on cards that have mostly lost a great deal of value. Mind you, I have more than a few expensive cards, including Cal Ripken Jr.'s 1982 Topps Traded Rookie Card number 98

Sep. 17, 2014 - 11:17PM

I's a good set, but it wasn't worth the huge hype. Topps, Donruss and Fleer all had better designs that year and if poor Topps had managed to get him in the main set, who knows what would've happened.

The quality of the photography is what still stands out to me. While some of the pictures chosen are questionable, the photos are HD like for the day.

At the time of release, I remember pooping my pants over the ridiculous price of $1 the dealers at the flea market were charging for packs. I mean geez, they went up to $1.25 the same day!

Ahhh.... those were the days!

Jul. 18, 2014 - 8:04AM

After the cardboard of the 80s, this set was thinner, had better photos, and was shockingly new. I really liked the use of the baseline on the side of the card. Everyone wanted these. Unfortunately, thence the chaos of "new" that followed through the 90s.

May. 22, 2011 - 10:51PM

To me this was the essential set of the 1980's...it just so happened that it was the end of the decade. UD set the new standard for cards, great stock, players, rookies, the Griffey rookie and photos. Even after the glut of cards at the end of the 80s this set still stands out to me.

Dec. 17, 2010 - 7:00AM

1989 Upper Deck was the first pack of cards I purchased. Needless to say I was hunting for the Griffey.


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