1989 Upper Deck

Total Cards: 800

Rating: 8.2 (131 votes)
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Top Sets: #43

Release Notes: Distributed as a first series (#1-700) and High Series (#1-800). Factory sets include #1-800.


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Cards

  1   Ken Griffey Jr. SR, RC   Seattle Mariners
  2   Luis Medina SR, RC   Cleveland Indians
  3   Tony Chance SR, RC   Pittsburgh Pirates
  4   David Otto SR, UER
UER: Tacoma (1988) 123 H should be 124
  Oakland Athletics
  5   Sandy Alomar Jr. SR, RC, UER
UER: Born 6/16/68, should be 6/18/66
  San Diego Padres
  6   Rolando Roomes SR, RC   Chicago Cubs
  7   David West SR, RC, UER
UER: 822 innings in minors, should be 821
  New York Mets
  8   Cris Carpenter SR, RC   St. Louis Cardinals
  9   Gregg Jefferies SR   New York Mets
  10   Doug Dascenzo SR, RC   Chicago Cubs

Trivia

  • 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.
  • Angels pitcher DeWayne Buice (card 147) owned a 12% share of Upper Deck.

User Comments

Jan 7, 2021 - 5:21PM
tschlack

So, probably get some skeptical boos here....have any of the black border cards been added to the trading card data base?. Read an interesting article from about a year ago that was a good quick read, I am gathering that there is debate on scarcity etc.? If any one knows feel free to share. Thanks. Love this site.

Apr 30, 2019 - 1:33PM
Fenixfan

I was 4 years old when I went into a local video rental store and used 50 cents to purchase 8 cards from a trading card vending machine. This is the first instance I ever purchased sports cards. The only card I remember coming from that pull was, indeed, a Griffey rookie. Not knowing how to preserve cards at such a young age, it was placed into a shoebox with several others added later, I still have it but it is in exc condition at best because of blunted corners. This is just a nostalgic set to me which I have now completed.

Feb 4, 2019 - 4:22PM
dupesaplenty

dupesaplenty.
Inventory @ 8 Monster Boxes
1. any ERR/VAR Cards have been deleted.
2. Hi-value Stars have been deleted

* If proposing a trade, I may have the ERR/VARs or STARS but ask me.

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