Finally, the good stuff! Short lived as the "good stuff" may be, 1989 Upper Deck caused quite a stir in the industry. It brought us tamper proof foil packs, counterfeit deterrent hologram stickers, and one of the most iconic cards of the past 30 years. Even the card stock was a massive improvement over what Topps, Fleer, and Donruss had been using. Upper Deck was legit.
Not as iconic was card #260, Darryl Strawberry.
It's a nice enough picture, clearly taken during batting practice as you can tell by the BP blue jersey and flapless helmet. But wait - there's a full color picture on the back, too!
Two non-action shots on a Darryl Strawberry card? That's gotta be some sort of record. How is this NOT worth at least as much as the Griffey rookie!?!! Check out all those bats in the background...
This card is the real deal, too. How do I know this? Hologram, baby!