Wednesday, December 30, 2009

1989 Upper Deck, #260

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!


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

1988 Donruss (Orange border) #182

I told ya we were done with the blue, but I bet you weren't anticipating the exact same thing except orange!



Again, no real clue what set this card comes from, but I'm guessing... Opening Day.  I base this on the oddball Donruss look-a-like card from 1986 that happened to be from the Opening Day set.  I could be wrong, and probably am.