Archive for 1989 Upper Deck

Card of the Day: 1989 Upper Deck High Series Nolan Ryan Football Card

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

This hobby is so full of gimmicks. We’ve got base cards, parallels of base cards, inserts, parallels of inserts, parallels of parallels, and then the supreme parallel of the parallel of the parallel, which of course is limited to just one. And then we have products like Topps Moments where there are literally 30 different cards of each players within a set; Topps Heritage and Allen & Ginters where star players are shortprinted so you’re left with a bunch of commons, and Bowman Chrome, where a complete set features 300-plus cards, but you only get three or five cards per pack, and one autograph — the real shortprint — per box. Go figure. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1989 Upper Deck Mark McGwire

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

In 1989, Upper Deck released the first pack-issued ultra premium baseball cards. These cards were different than their cardboard counterparts. The surface was smoother, the stock was brighter and seemingly stiffer, and on the back was an embedded anti-counterfeit device, the almighty hologram. Even the packs were different. No more wax. Now we were going to rip open “foil” packs, which further solidified this brand as the product to have. And while the best card in this set has, and always will be, card No. 1 (Ken Griffey Jr.), it is this Mark McGwire card that caprured my attention as a youth. Continue reading