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Pulling a Ken Griffey, Jr. rookie card!
Easily, it was getting the Ken Griffey Jr. RC from the 1989 set. I was little kid and the card is still one of my faves in my PC. Its not in the greatest condition, but it represents a lot memories from my childhood that are dear to me.
25 years is a long time to build up some collecting “highlights”. The 2 that immediately come to mind include 1 that still persists to this day;
#1 – Chasing the 1996 Cal Ripken Jr. Collection through 5 different products. The hardest, obviously, were the 5 seeded in SP Baseball. Once completed it made for a pretty amazing chronicle of an All-Star career.
#2 – To this day I still buy boxes of 1992 Upper Deck Baseball Lo-Series whenever I can find them. Someday, I will pull a Ted Williams autograph!!
Thanks for the contest and thanks for the coverage of the Industry Summit.
I don’t even know where to start. I haven’t been collecting upper deck for 25 years, but I have for the last 10. All I can say is amazing products, excellent customer service, and all I see is great things in the future. They really really care about the customer and not the $$. Thanks for the opportunity for a hall of famer autograph. Congrats upper deck on 25 years and here’s to another 25!!
I’ve been a collector for over 25 years and upper deck product has been very good to me I’ve pulled some awesome cards such as a Ken Griffey Jr. rc,Michael Jordan se die cut all star card Sp Game used dual significance Kobe/lebron which graded 9.5 and a Derek Jeter ultimate bat barrel auto which also graded a 9.5 just to mention a few. They paved the way for the sports card industry with creative Ideas. such a great product!
Got to be Griffey Jr rookie card first but then anything Michael Jordan by upper deck.
I remember when I started collecting sports cards. It was in 1992, I had just walked into a retail store and stopped at the magazine rack. I picked up a Beckett Baseball Price guide and was literally amazed at the prices of some cards! Suddenly I heard a voice behind me say”You collect?”…. I had just met my first collecting friend at that time! I gotta also say that my first favorite player I collected was Frank Thomas. I tried to get as many of his cards as I could. Along with K.G.Jr. and Chipper Jones! Upper Deck has never disappointed me yet since then. Thanks for a GREAT product and keep it up!
Pulling a hot pack from UD basketball of all Special Edition cards
My favorite memory was going to spring training when I was 15 to see the White Sox play. This was back when Michael Jordan tried his attempt at baseball. There were a bunch of autograph seekers standing outside the parking lot exit (including me). Michael Jordan zooms out of the parking lot without even stopping. People tried to chase his car down, seconds later Frank Thomas pulled out and he stopped.
I quickly ran up to his car with my ’91 Upper Deck and got his autograph. He was my favorite player back then, I loved the Big Hurt. I was so excited, it’s was my best autograph in my collection.
I went away to college and when I came back home, my autograph binder was missing…Frank Thomas autograph gone. I think one of my brother’s friends stole it. :(
Well even to this day I still love pulling UD products especially back in the whole late 80’s early 90’s hockey. Back then whoever was theeir photographer I give props to because it seemed they always got the right shot at the right time making for a cool experience seeing players smashed into the boards and the look of pain and then also them capturing the genuine moment of success after scoring a goal they always got the perfect picture.
One thing I have always liked about Upper Deck is their picture quality. It seems to me as if they go beyond what most company’s do to get quality, clear actions shots that we all love. Plus how could anyone forget about all of the memorable rookie cards over the years. The last reason I like Upper Deck is when I think Upper Deck I think Michael Jordan. The two have been together so long it is almost a marriage were you see one without thinking of the other.
I just remember the ’89 baseball series. For a kid growing up in a rural area, the set was pretty mind blowing. The little stores we would go to wouldn’t have them in stock…and $1 for a pack? Madness! But holograms…shiny holograms…
Seems repetitive but I’d also say the Griffey Jr. Rookie. Also, a few NBA rookie draft redemptions.
The highlight from the past 20 years was pulling a 2001 SP Authentic Chirography Albert Pujols from just buying a few packs..
Some of my highlights of upper deck in the last 25 years:
1. Ripping boxes, boxes and boxes of hockey cards in the early 90s for Paul Kariya, Federov, Lindros, and Selanne cards.
2. Ripping one pack of basketball and getting the redemption card of 1A Shaq 3 pic dunk photo rookie card
3. 3 boxes of 04-05 UD1 and finally pulling the Sidney Crosby YG
4. Pulling an Ovechkin SPA future watch auto from 06-07 SP Authentic, that year they had both rookie classes in that brand because of the failure from 05-06
Upper Deck was a game changer in the sports card industry when they released their first set in 1989. Like every other collector, I wanted the Ken Griffey Jr. RC. Unfortunately, I never pulled one. My parents bought me a factory set, which I kept sealed for many years. When I owned a comic book store, I decided to sell my cards. I had the sealed set in my store, but changed my mind and ended up keeping it. Unfortunately, someone opened the set and stole the Griffey card! They must have know exactly where it was. I was devastated.
Years later, my wife bought a Griffey RC card for me and sent it in to BGS for grading. While it only came back as an 8.5, I will cherish the card forever. She gave me a piece of my childhood that was literally stolen from me. I keep the card permanently displayed in my showcase on the wall.
I used to love chasing the Heroes of Baseball inserts! And also trying to pull the Griffey Jr. RC back in the early 90’s, believe it or not I never did pull one out of a pack! I also liked when UD would do the Fast Food Promotional Cards, gained some weight but I liked chasing those oddball sets!!
My best memory was opening a pack (the only pack I bought that day) of Upper Deck Baseball. In it I got the SP Preview card of Don Mattingly and one of the Mantle Baseball Heroes cards. Being a Yankee fan yourself (I think) you can understand why I was so happy pulling both of the cards. Thanks for reading.
I started collecting hockey in 1987/88. A few years later the hobby changed and along came UD in 1989. A year later, my 25th UD #1B memory happened. That is that I’ve bought boxes & collected the regular, base brand, UD hockey set from 1990/91 to present. The only UD hockey product (or card set/brand in general) that has run consecutively since the start of the company. My #1A favorite memory however is the 99 card 1999/2000 Upper Deck Wayne Gretzky Living Legend set that featured ONLY WAYNE GRETZKY cards in packs/boxes. How can you go wrong with getting a GRETZKY in EVERY pack.
I remember the Griffey jr rookie which I never could get, lol. The micheal Jordan white sox card was cool, Rickey Henderson stolen bases, and frank Thomas, of coarse! Upperdeck I remember the smell of the pack, the gloss on the card was shinier than any other!! Always nice!
Pulling the Griffey RC out of Upper deck is a highlight but nothing compared to what happened at the National in 2003.
My brother-in-law and I were at the national in 2003 and both decided to buy a box of 2003 SP Authentic. I opened mine in front of Upper Deck and pulled an Ichiro auto numbered to 50. Needless to say we were all thrilled. My brother-in-law then opened his box but didn’t really look at what he was pulling in all of the excitement. An hour later as we were taking a break from the action, he looked at the cards he pulled. Then he calmly says ‘I also got one of those Ichiro auto’s. They must be common’. Of course we both went back and picked up some more boxes.
One thing I always liked about Upper Deck back in the day was the “multi-photo” cards. I don’t remember all of the people they did it with, but I remember a few. I know they did it with Nolan Ryan, Bert Blyleven, and Jim Abbott… But the ones that REALLY stand out to me were Wade Boggs (my all time favorite player) and Deion Sanders (Was it a baseball card, or a football card? Who cares? It. Was. AWESOME!).
I’d love to add that Frank Thomas to my 500 Club collection. He’s one of the few players of the era that did it clean.
UpperDeck was a staple when I first started collecting in 92′.
The most memorable momment is when Michael Jordan came out of retirement and Upperdeck released a card with him wearing 45 annoucing he’s back!!! I will never forget that day or card since it is a part of history. Showing the world that the greatest has returned to claim his crown.
They may seem to be less of a thrill today, but Upper Deck made history with the first Game Used jersey cards (football). As a hockey fan, I was thrilled when I had the chance to get “closer to the game” than ever before. Those first few hockey jersey cards are still some of the nicest designs out there.
Gotta love the UD innovations.
I was 10 when the infamous Griffey RC of 1989 came about. Everyone and their brother on the playground “claimed” to own multiple copies of this card. I was dying just to hold one! I got the chance to see a few in person at the LCS, but figured I’d never be lucky enough to own one myself. For Christmas in 1990, my dad bought me the 1989 Upper Deck Factory Sealed Set! He told me I wasn’t allowed to open it. It would be worth more someday with it’s original factory seal…
So like any 11 year kid would do… I went behind his back and opened it! I just had to hold the Griffey RC in my hands! Of course, I got in trouble and was grounded for 2 weeks for disobeying him… But now that we are both old men, we laugh about it… And he truly understands why I did what I felt I HAD to do!
Thanks for the memory Upper Deck!
So many highlights in 25 years that I’m having a hard time choosing which to talk about. I’ll list my top 3.
– Pulling a Michael Jordan autograph from a box. As a collector, and as a Bulls fan (growing up watching MJ and being a fanatic) it was a dream come true. Nothing else like it.
– Being able to chase down (and pull a few) great Derrick Rose cards from his RC year and beyond. My UD cards are the highlights of my collection.
– As a kid I was spending the night at my friend’s house one night and earlier in the day he pulled a Frank Thomas upper deck insert (a tough one to get… Can’t remember the set!) and I was beyond jealous as I was (and am) a huge Sox fan. I convinced him to a bet; who ever stays up longest that night wins the Big Hurt card. Needless to say I won, there was no chance I was going to lose out on that Big Hurt!
Thanks for the life long memories, UD!
Id say collecting the 1993 SP baseball set… I thought and still think that set is incredible…i had like 5 Jeters RCs from it..wish i still had them all…
Being fortunate enough enough to witness the Chicago Bulls 72 win season and get 2 of their die cut 70 win commemorative cards. I relive that season and that fun that I had busting packs with my father every time I see those cards.
Best UD memory was pulling Willie Mays Game Used Jersey from a blaster back in the early 2000’s. Never thought I would get a hit like that from a blaster.
Getting all my Redemptions filled. Yes I am the 1% of the redemption world and it feels oh so good.
being a big hockey fan I was happy to pull Wayne Gretzky’s jersey card twice from two different Upper Deck products. the second best part of that was giving one of the Great Ones Jersey cards to my best friend so he could have one in his collection and seeing how happy that made him made me happier that I did that.
Back in the 2003-04 “collecting season” I stopped in at my LCS, and he had some SP Authentic basketball that just came in. I had an extra Eli Manning auto for trade, and he agreed to let me bust some packs until I pulled the first auto (I believe there were two in each box).
I ripped about 7 packs with no autos, and he was like, “Dude, you are KILLING my profits right now.”
So he grabs three or four packs and hands them to me and says “try these, maybe I have better luck than you do” …
And I pulled a LeBron James autographed rookie card! I couldn’t believe it. My favorite card ever and my best pull ever. I hope Upper Deck can get an NBA license again — they did some really nice stuff over the years.
Thanks for the contest! RJ
I would have to say that the 2007 Upper Deck Emmit Smith Autograph would be my highlight!!!
My favorite memory of Upper Deck has to be chasing the Ken Griffey RC card like everyone else. I think I was able to get all his other rookies but the Upper Deck.
Although I have only been collecting sports cards for the past ten years, my favorite memory so far was during the 2006-2007 hockey season when I got 2 boxes of Upper Deck Power play for birthday presents . I received two redemption cards that I did not know what to do with (I was fairly new to the hobby) but eventually I figured it out and with the help of my dad, redeemed the cards a few months before they expired. It turned out that the redemption cards were both for set A and B and I was ecstatic when I opened up the mail and saw that I got both the Sidney Crosby rookie in set A and the Alex Ovechkin rookie in set B along with many other great rookies from that double rookie class. I still have the cards and I enjoy looking at them all the time. Another memory that I will cherish forever is opening and continuing to open up packs of Upper Deck cards with my younger sister and my dad. Especially my dad as it brings back memories from his childhood opening o-pee-chee and he tries to teach me how to flick some of the older common cards from the 1990’s that are less valuable. I am looking forward to opening up Upper Deck Cards in the future and creating more unforgettable memories for the entire family.
I would have to say my biggest thrill from upper deck, was pulling a 2001 Upper Deck Evolution e-Card Cal Ripken card…going online…entering the code and watching the online card spin around and blink…it evolved into the Cal Ripken auto!
That was the best card I ever got from Upper Deck. But, I ended up trading it for three autographed cards of the current SDSU baseball coach.
The 1st Game Jersey Cards in Hockey. I pulled a Brett Hull and never yelled so load in my life!
Pulling my first and only Ken Griffey Jr. autograph jersey from 2002 Upper Deck. I’ve never, ever pulled an autograph close to being that good. Also completing my 1998 SPX Baseball set.There was a lot of trading going on to complete that set. I am not going to saylike other have a tendency to say that Upper Deck is the best card company ever. They, just like the other companies have their good and bad points.
Chris ness-I have to correct you on something. Saying that Upper Deck, “really, really cares about the collector and not the $$” is like saying the somebody gets Playboy for the insightful articles. You do know what Upper Deck got caught and sued for don’t you.
The 1991 Michael Jordan baseball card is my all time favorite UD card! It came out when he was in his basketball prime so we all thought baseball was just a hobby. It was so unique we treated it like gold and it was worth serious trade value when I was in middle school. The card became even more special to me when he actually started playing baseball even though the card isn’t worth much…it really set the standard for how creative and unique sports cards could be.
Oddly enough, probably the most important highlight as it relates to an Upper Deck product, happened to me in 1998. I was in a major retail chain and decided to buy a box of upper deck baseball cards. The top of the box said that there was an oversized 5″ X 7″ card in the box and there were some randomly inserted autographed 5″ X 7″. I would think that the odds were very high considering that it was retail and the box only cost $19.99. I took the box home and opened it and to my surprise it was an autographed 5″ X 7″ card. I would have been happy with that, but, to see that it was an autograph of Ken Griffey, Jr. made it much more exciting. For the price, especially, this was one of my best pulls ever.
sweeeeeeeeet Frank Thomas
the big hurt
Mr HOF 2014
you can put it on the board……..yessssssssssssssssss!
My favorite UD memory was pulling a 20th anniversary Ken Griffey Jr Auto RC from my local K-Mart. I couldn’t believe I pulled it in a retail pack. Best card ever.
My favorite card believe it or not is the Frank Thomas 1991 Upper Deck where he appears with a scowl on his face sitting in the dugout. Thomas was and still is my favorite player as a kid. This is the Big Hurt’s UD debut since no card was produced in the 1990 set. Of course I remember pulling the Griffey Jr. rookie back in 89, still have it and it’s a favorite since he played here in San Bernardino where I live. The old Fiscalini Field is still in use today by a local college team. I would love nothing more than to own this card since it’s my favorite player and it also happens to be his induction year into Cooperstown. Geeez I feel old. I remember when Upper Deck first came out and the cards felt so different and high end with the holograms. Can’t belive it’s been a quarter century.
Two major moments for me, the first was when I got back in to collecting in 1992 and I was able to finally get my hands on a 1989 Upper Deck Griffey rookie card. The second was in 2001 when I opened a box of 2001 SP Legendary Cuts and my wife grabbed a couple packs out of the box to open and she pulled a Babe Ruth Bat relic and a Joe DiMaggio Cut Signature. She actually followed up her lucky break when we opened a box of 2002 SP Legendary Cuts the following year and she pulled a Mickey Mantle jersey card.
I have been collecting for over 25 years and there are a ton of highlights from Upper Deck. As a kid in 1989, the buzz was all about the holograms on the back of the cards as well as the little team hologram stickers that were bonuses in the packs, oh and some guy named Griffey. In 1990 the craze turned toward finding an autograph of Reggie Jackson in a pack, something I never was able to do nor did. Then came hockey with a 1990-91 product filled with great rookies and surprisingly the product was everywhere (along with 1990-91 ProSet) which was the first time I got to see hockey cards so I was intrigued. Once basketball and football joined in 1991 and introduced hologram inserts of players and more autographs, it just became where Upper Deck was the product to get. In 1992 it was all about Shaq. It has been a rollercoaster since then for all the different sports.
If I had to pick my biggest highlight from 25 years of opening Upper Deck product it would have to be in 2004 when I landed a box of 2003-04 Exquisite and pulled a Lebron James autographed patch card. I actually kept the card until a year ago and finally sold it for an insane amount. Thanks to Upper Deck for 25 years of memories and some really big hits over those years.
il mio ricordo migliore, inizia nel 1992 con la prima collezione arrivata in italia (upper deck hockey 1992) wow e da li colleziono upper deck da sempre, ora specializzato in Promo. saluti dall’italia.
my best memory, began in 1992 with the first collection arrived in Italy (upper deck hockey 1992) and wow I collect them from the upper deck as always, now specializing in Promo. greetings from italy.
In 1989 my family opened a baseball card store…we invested everything we had out of passion and as a new business looking back it was Upper Deck who helped launch our grand opening! We had people lined up outside asking if we had the New Upper Deck Baseball Cards! I had never seen this much excitement and momentum before. We were fortunate Upper Deck allowed us to order directly from them…we tried to get 25 cases! They cut our order in half but we were just happy to be a part if something special in our hobby.
We experienced our ups and downs with the hobby and after 10 years we closed our store as we didn’t keep up with the trends of the internet and a global economy for our hobby. But when I look back to 1989-1999 when we had a brick and mortar location our beginnings will forever be linked together in my family’s history and those early days of 1989 are some of the greatest of my life!
Last summer during a family shopping trip to a local target, I stopped by the card section to grab a couple rack packs or something and my 4 year old son asked if he could open a pack (his first pack!!!!). So I looked through the discounted pack section and grabbed him a couple packs of 2009 upper deck baseball for like a buck a piece. When we got home, I helped him open his first pack. He asked me who every player was and what team they play for until he came across one that lit his face up. “Daddy I got a Go Brewers!!!” He pulled a Corey Hart base card and he thought it was the coolest thing ever. Definitely a proud daddy moment.
No contest!!! 89 Griffey…..loved the chase and loved watching him play : )
Everyone on here has been talking about every other sport except hockey. I grew up in an era where I collected OPC hockey and built every set from 1985. When upper deck took over the OPC brand and brought it back from the dead it had rekindled my youth and brought back my desire to set build once again. Thank you upper deck for 25 great years and thank you for bringing back the most historical trademarked brand of hockey card
When I won the case of 13-14 Upper Deck Series 1 from Upper Deck late last year. I had put alot of time and effort and so winning it made it all worth it in the end!
Collecting the 1989 set with my father, priceless.
My favorite 2 memories are pulling Griffey rookies in 1989 and a 2006 Exquisite Baseball Redemption card.
My hilights included pulling a Barry Bonds game used baseball card. You can see some off the stitching in the card. Also love the holograms of the Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies marking the first time these teams showed up in an UD card.
Well like everyone else it seems the inaugural set from 1989 holds a special place in my heart because of the amazing photography. One of the coolest Upper Deck moments I can remember that happened to me was pulling the Behind the Glass redemption card from I wanna say 93-94 Upper Deck SE . I’ve been collecting cards for almost 30 years and I’ve had my ups and downs on which products I’ve liked but honestly I’ve never really stopped liking Upper Deck products, I only wish they still had professional licensing for MLB NFLnd NBA .
That initial 1989 baseball release pushing the industry to upgrade as far as card stock and picture quality goes really stands out as Upper Deck’s most lasting positive contribution to the hobby. Also, whenever I’ve needed customer service from UD they’ve come through with flying colors and didn’t make me jump through hoops and give me the run around like some other companies, cough, Topps, cough.
25 Years ago with upperdeck I was a disappointed 10yr old kid, that never got an Autograph or Jersey card. Fast forward to date. No Offense but I don’t follow College much and prefer Autographs from their actual professional teams they play for. So… Bought my share of Upperdeck, never to pull a MJ or Lebron or Tigerwoods, Jeter, or Frank Thomas etc… So it’s PAYBACK..!!!!!!!!!!! #Love
My favorite memory from 25 years of Upper Deck was pulling a card with a piece of Lebron James’ High School court from Upper Deck Hardcourt. Upper Deck has always thought outside the box and been very creative
i have been collecting for about roughly around 23 years and that brings me back to around 5 years old. my dad was huge into collecting baseball cards.while he was into baseball i am a huge detroit red wings fan. one day my dad bought me my first box of hockey cards and on my 3 or 4th pack i pulled a nicklas lidstrom rookie card which ended up to be my all time favorite person to put on skates.i would buy box after box of 91-92 upper deck for years and collected a little over 20 lidstrom rookies. from this day i have over 114 nick lidstrom rookie of all kinds. i have some graded, some autographed, inscripted on them by him and i have had him make creases in some of them to make them truly one of a kind. upper deck has been a big part of my life and i still continue today to buy box after box collecting my favorite player. but that upper deck box of cards i opened 23 years ago changed my life.
thank you upper deck for the great memories
Highlights of UD:
– Pulling my first Michael Jordan autograph card out of a box of 2006-07 Exquisite Basketball. It’s a quad jersey card with 2 red, and 2 black (pinstriped) swatches, numbered out of 10.
– Getting my own UD Stanley Cup card made at a Canucks Finals game in 2011
– Pulling a Future Watch Sidney Crosby rookie card from a box of SP Authentic 2006-07 when extra rookie cards from the previous year were randomly inserted in boxes.
Favorite Upper Deck Memory hands-down was pulling a 1991 UD Ted Williams Hand-signed autograph card! It was my biggest pull EVER. I also loved “discovering” packs of 1989 UD at a local convenience store (where they didn’t mark up the pack price). Let’s just say after I discovered them there, none were left after I purchased them all!!!!
My highlight was getting a hot box of 2008 Upper Deck football. Almost every pack had either an auto or a mem card.
My personal highlight has to be the chase to complete the collegiate auto letter nameplates primarily in the Upper Deck football products. With each new release it never ends!
The Griffey Jr card is obviously a highlight, but one of my personal highlights was collecting all the Nolan Ryan cards in the alertly 90’s. I especially liked the illustrated insert cards. I picked up one of the autographed illustrated insert cards a few years ago. I was never able to pull one. That was my dream to pull one of those, but I had to settle for a purchase as an adult. Ah the memories
89 UD was huge to the industry
Funny now looking back and thinking $2.99 for a pack at Walgreens was high
Griffey as card #1 was superb
When I think of Upper Deck these are the things that come to mind:
1) Baseball players posing with Looney Tunes characters. Nolan Ryan and Sylvester made a great duo. Best cat/human duo right after Paula Abdul and MC Skat Kat.
2) The sparkly Upper Deck logo on the backs of cards. The logo comes in interesting shapes such as home plate and a baseball field.
3) That smell — I don’t know what it is, but when you smell it you know you’ve got upper deck cards.
4) Innovative products such as SPx, Ionix, and Power Deck. Also, Upper Deck was innovative by being the first company to put game used materials into cards.
5) That Griffey card everyone keeps talking about. But lets not forget about Jeter SP in ’93 (I’m a poet!).
6) 1992 Hologram team stickers. Did I mention I like sparkly things?
7) Going to Denny’s not just for a Grand Slam breakfast, but for Upper Deck cards too!
8) The Iooss Collection. As a kid I had no clue who Iooss was, but the photography was awesome. Thanks Wikipedia for filling in the gaps since (search Walter Iooss).
9) After reading many of the comments on this page, Upper Deck’s name is pretty ironic. The cards, memorabilia, autographs, and memories Upper Deck has provided collectors has been much more of a “front row” experience.
I remember being so excited about UD’s 1st football release (1991). My cousin and I helped my uncle on a construction job for a couple weeks that summer and spent all the money we made on those cards. I got into collecting b/c of UD which is a good thing because now I share the fun of the hobby with my kids!
My most nostalgic memory would be pulling a 1993 Then & Now hologram of Cal Ripken Jr… Certainly not the most valuable card nowadays, but back then it was very cool, and I was the envy of all the kids in the card store!
Hmm,i guess Installing Window Coverings in Dwight Clarks House in 84. Nice Folks, him and his Wife.
My favorite upper deck moment was pulling a 1/1 jordan auto out of a box of all time greats that was given to me by upper deck last year at the chicago national. Really felt the love from opening all there fleer retro product. Ive been collecting upper deck since 1997 when fleer metal was at its high. I still believe they are some of the best made cards to date and was drooling at the mouth when the ud fakily remade
Them last year. I hope one day they get their nba liscense back because jordan and lebron in chicago/heat uniforms deserve to come out of your packs. Happy 25th anniversary upper deck!
Stay thirsty my friends, joe d
Those boxes are amazing!!!
There are so many Upper Deck memories. Buying packs by the dozen in 1989 to find that Griffey Jr. rookie (although I don’t remember being that successful) has to be one of the biggies. Also, I attempted in vain to find the Dale Murphy reverse negative card. Then buying packs to find the Reggie Jackson, Nolan Ryan, and Joe Montana autographed cards was my next obsession. Even if you didn’t get the autographed versions, collecting the insert sets were pretty cool. I have loved all of the new product lines – SP Authentic and the great rookie autos that came in there, SPx, Exquisite, etc. I was obsessed with getting the Shaquille O’Neal rookie redemption and I still have that one in my collection to this day.
Simple. Christmas Eve 1989 my mother and father driving 2 hours to meet my aunt who had driven 2 hours of her own in order to get a factory sealed 1989 Upper Deck Complete Set in order for Santa to deliver it under my Christmas tree. They purchased many sets over the years, but that one is definitely the most important to me. It’s still with me to this day.
And, March 28th is my birthday. Just throwing it out there.
For me I started collecting UD in 90 actually missing the 89 stuff. But it was due to what I could get in the rural place I live.
I want to start this by saying I absolutely would
Love to win something! Never have won one if these! Thanks for the contest! I used to collect Frank “Big Hurt” Thomas but had to sell what I had and would cherish this card if I could own it!
My best UD story is easy, I always wanted a Jordan auto, and in 2008-09 UD black I actually pulled one. I had never bought that “HIGH END” product. Waited almost a year to get it actually in hand. Loved that card but unfortunately had to sell it when I got laid off and now it’s selling for 5 times what I sold it for, but that is life. One of these days I plan to buy the same card back to keep but for now I am saving.
In a nut shell. By far it has to be their customer service. Of all the card manufactures, Upper Deck is the only company that actually responds to its customers, not just distributors & wholesales but the buying public.
Even if the question or concern seems mundane, they will respond.
To me, that makes a world of difference and a fan for life.
When it comes to Sportscards, Upper Deck and I literally grew up together.
In early ’89 I was 24 yrs old, married for a year, lived in rural Georgia and working at a lumber company. Huge sports fan of the 3 major sports and caught any game I could. I also had a passion back then of going to garage/yard sales and flea markets. This led me to meet “The Hobby.”
Don’t know for sure if when I suddenly noticed, but one weekend during baseball season it seemed every third table at the flea market was people selling sportscards. Really? I mean I knew folks bought the packs at stores, but there was money to be made selling them? And so many here looked busy, folks were looking and buying! Every table I visited that day one thing was certain, at one point or another a player named Ken Griffey Jr. and a company called Upper Deck came up!
For the next 2 weeks, I visited the 4 local cards shops to learn more and bought from them and absorbed everything, every Brand, and values, and even negotiating, That’s when I realized I wanted to be a part of “The Hobby.”
Over the next 4 months I too set up at the flea market and began wheeling and dealing, building an extremely large collection and making money while doing it! So I went to the smallest of my local card shops and bought him out! 2 months later I purchased the largest shop which was in our local Mall!
Upper Deck and there exclusives with some of the hugest stars in sports recharged “The Hobby” in 1989 and because of them my life changed forever.
Sadly for personal reasons I closed up shop in ’98 and moved to the west coast and began a new chapter in my life. I have remained a collector and still like to sell but we have the internet now and it’s different, but I believe stronger. @UpperDeckSports and I follow each other on Twitter and that I feel is an honor.
I can honestly say, for the 8 years I was in business, one thing always remained the same. Upper Deck and Ken Griffey Jr. made it into a conversation every single day.
Congratulations Upper Deck on the 25th Anniversary! Let’s catch up again on the 50th!
My highlights from Upper Deck in the past 25 years include:
– Opening packs of 2003 Upper Deck Football at the Flea Market and pulling my first jersey card ever and it was Randy Moss!
– Dad letting me open my UD Sweet Spot Football Box a week before Christmas. (My mom was NOT very happy with this!)
– Trading my animal pencil pouch and 3 Calvin Johnson Rookie Cards for a Brady Quinn 2007 UD Trilogy Rookie. I wanted this card soo bad because you could see through part of it and I took all means necessary to make it mine!
– Spending all of my birthday money on packs of SPX Football and pulling an Adrian Peterson Rookie Jersey Autograph!
These are the reasons Upper Deck will always be dear to my heart and why card collecting is the best hobby in the world!
My best memories of Upper Deck would have to be stubling on several factory sets at a retail outlet before the sets had been released to local card shops in our area.I remember opening the set for the first time with my best friend and both of us going thru it card by card knowing when we finished Upper Deck would definitely change card collecting forever.What I most remember is the smell of the set and the sharpness/crispness of the cards.We then went to our lcs and others from the area check out my set,the first in the area for a couple weeks.THE 1989 UPPER DECK SET REMAINS MY FAVORITE TO THIS DAY!!!!!!
To me, it begins with purchasing my 1989 UD Baseball Factory Set and pulling out a mint Ken Griffey Jr Rookie Card. Upper Deck did a great job making baseball cards a premium product with that set. I also recall building the 1998 SP Chirography Set that comprised 30 cards. Lastly, growing up Frank Thomas was my favorite player. I loved the fact that he could could hit a homer each and every time he came to plate. It is also had to do with the fact that our birthdays are so close to one another. I would appreciate your consideration for that awesome card. I will treasure it! Thanks!!!
Sooooooooo many highlights over the years but what I remember most was the first of many boxes of Upper Deck Baseball I bought in 1989. It started with the beautiful blue box design. Than it only got better from there. The high tech foil card packs were majestic. To this day they remain my favorite pack. As if that was not enough the packs contained the most glorious cards I had ever seen. Sharp color and focus on a thick card stock. That was all it took, I was hooked again! It brought me back to 1976 when my Brother and I reached received a box of hockey cards each of the eight nights of Chanukah. I was 12 again. Thanks for 25 great years.
When I was ten years old I bought my first ever baseball upper deck pack at Walgreens in 1992. I still remember the day that I opened them because of the hologram on the back of the cards. I thought they were awesome sadly to say I never had the chance to own a ken Griffey rookie card but I have thousand of Cards and inserts from upper deck and always preferred to buy upper deck because of the quality compared to topps. As years went by I was amazed to see that upper deck is still dominating the card market! Hard to say which is my favorite because I love all of them but there’s is one that sticks to my mind is the ken Griffey jr by Walter looss or Shaquille oneal rc plus loved Alex Rodriguez sp rc but sadly he’s in trouble. Keep up the great work and love how you have added autographs and jersey patches on the card making us feel closer to the game.
I think about collecting upper deck when I was a kid and now I have my own son and I’m sharing the hobbit now with him. It always made me happy opening the packs and getting my favorite players, I’m glad I get to share this feeling with my buddy.
that’s easy…….Griffey Rookie Card……….end of story!
Looks like upper deck has had a nice month with exclusive licensing and getting out these awesome packs at the industry summit.
Back in New York, I attended my usual weekend card show at a Flea Market. I didn’t have much money on me being 17 and no job. I had about 10 bucks and went to my favorite Dealer Doc. He told me about a new series for hockey was in and I should try it out.
So I did. I bought one pack of 98 SP authentic. Decided to open as I make it down the escalator and while going through the pack I see a card with a picture of Wayne Gretzky and Congratulations. I ran up the down escalator and showed Doc. I pulled a redemption card for a Wayne Gretzky autograph stick. I almost ran the 15 miles to my house I was so excited.
Pulling a Justin Verlander Jersey.
I have 2 favorite upper deck memories. The first was when my dad and I collected together and he wanted to get a few packs of the 89 upper deck to start and build the set. He picked a few but didn’t get the Griffey like he hoped. I begged him to try one more pack he finally gave in and said you pick the pack. I did and a few seconds later I opened the pack and there it was a mint Griffey RC.
The second memory was many years later. He had quit collecting but I still collected. He bought me a Christmas stocking from his job that was loaded with packs. I opened the first pack and I still had the touch. I couldn’t believe it, a 2001-2002 Michael Jordan jersey. I was so excited i forgot to open the rest of the packs.
Those were the days….hope to get a good pack again soon
Simply getting to share the joy of a lifelong hobby with my three children, CJ (13), Zach (10) and Sophia Victoria (6). To explain the nuances of the industry, the origin of the first card produced by Upper Deck and how stars like Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Lebron James connected with me growing up is something not all collectors get to experience. Let’s face it, the hobby is for the kids. I am thankful to Upper Deck for allowing me to share the experiences and have something to pass on to my kids. Keep doing what you are doing and congratulations on 25 ground-breaking years.
Hands down pulling multiple Griffey Jr. rookie cards from 89′ Favorite player then and still my favorite player.
Upper Deck changed the way cards were perceived by being the first “high-end” product of my collecting generation … I still remember the glossy cards and holograms coming out of those foil packs in 1990. My biggest highlight happened in 1991 though when I pulled an autographed Nolan Ryan heroes card … I am still a big collector of Upper Deck Sweet Spot autographs, what a great way to collect autographed baseballs without taking up all of the space. I have them in pages (4/sheet) in an album that I can show off to my friends. What a great addition the Big Hurt would be to my collection, especially since Friday, March 28th is my birthday!!! … Love the videos, Susan, keep ’em coming…
For me, it has to be UD putting a hologram on every card they make to try and prevent counterfeiting. It was revolutionary back in 1989, and is still impressive even today. I am surprised every manufacturer is not doing it.
Upper Deck has been a class act for 25 years but I can barely remember a time without them in my collection.
My best memories of Upper Deck include first, being a kid and trying to end up with the 1989 Griffey Jr. My friends and I would buy pack after pack of these things like Charlie chasing the Golden Ticket. I never got one but my friend (who had wealthier parental units) opened an entire box and got not one, but two!! He never would give either of them up. Not even for cash.
My other favorite Upper Deck memory is after the Penguins won the Stanley Cup. The Upper Deck hockey card featuring Mario Lemieux and George Bush was one of my favorites of all-time and I remember stopping at nothing to trade for it 10x’s over. I still have over 50 of those in my collection.
But I can’t forget the time my oldest son opened a retail blaster box of 2010-11 O-Pee-Chee Hockey at a big card show in Chicago and pulled a Souvenirs quad-jersey featuring Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, Jonathan Toews (or Patrick Kane, I don’t remember), and John Tavares. The look on his face and his excitement was priceless!! So were the faces of everyone else sitting around the table that couldn’t believe that came from a blaster.
We were sitting around the card shop and UD Lineage had been out for a while. Everyone was chasing the Jordan inserts, the buyback autographs were hot, but this one box had sat on the shelf for at least two months or more. So I knew there was also a box of Series 2 UD Hockey that was sitting there and I figured why not bust some hockey at a cheap price. Well that hockey box turned out to have YOUNG GUNS in every pack…not just one, but every card in the pack was a Young Gun…24 packs…15 cards per pack…360 Young Guns…I was beyond ecstatic…so being the collector that I am, I thought to myself that you NEVER end a hot streak…you let it end itself…so I asked for the box of Lineage…I start busting the lineage and I was doing ok, and then I saw the outline of a redemption. I thought this has to be someone good, because all the other autographs are live in this…when I turned it over, it was a Kobe Bryant 15,000 point club autograph redemption. I just about flipped…I let the streak end, there was just no beating that card.
While everyone was chasing the Griffey rookie card in 1989, I was happy to trade with them to complete my Atlanta Braves 1989 Upper Deck team set. I particularly loved the Dale Murphy and Tom Glavine cards in that set.
The 89 set was like the HD version of cards at the time. I still remember the chase and capture of MJ’s baseball card.
Happy birthday Upper Deck thank you for all the fine efforts in the last 25 years.
The #1 memory for me was pulling my first wayne Gretzky auto.
2 packs left in a box of Upper Deck Hockey Legends. I bought them one day out of sympathy for the dust gathering on them!
Last pack yielded the on card XSP auto of the Great One in a Kings jersey, Only thin better would’ve been in a Blues Jersey! Still one of my favorite Cards!
I have loved Upper Deck all throughout it’s history. My two favorite players were their spokesman.
-For many years, the only Basketball company I bought from was Upper Deck because of Michael Jordan. They had many special cards and sets devoted to him. The action shots of him were awesome!
-It was always cool to open up Upper Deck Baseball because there always was a ton of cards in the set from Ken Griffey Jr.
One final thought about UD. I enjoyed collecting the Yankee Stadium Legacy cards from 2008. Even though it was impossible to collect every card in the set, it was fun to get some many Yankee legends!!!
Pulling a 1990 UD Reggie Jackson autographs of 2500 out of a box.
I think the biggest highlight for me as an Upper Deck collector since its inception is the cards that I pulled a few years ago. I actually pulled a Ken Griffey Jr./Mickey Mantle Auto from 1994 Upper Deck baseball and in the basketball product I also pulled a Michael Jordan Buyback as well and those were really awesome pickups for me.
Pulling the Jordan hardcourt auto from the NC basketball product!
I was the biggest card collector in 1989 when upper deck first came out. I thought they had amazing cards and the 1990 upper deck baseball is still one of my favs to go back and review.
I would say my most memorable moment of collecting was this one day back in March of 2004 I was with my son, Matthew who at the time was only 8 years old and living in New England, visited the local card shop for sports and it happen to be a day when the store was running a promotion, so I seen that there were a few packs of UD Reflections, so I began opening the pack and “Bam” there it was an autograph/patch #21 of Tom Brady!! I almost $@+%, my son started jumping and shouting, we hit the big one!! At that time we did!!!! So after you read my moment, I hope you choose me!! You folks at Beckett keep up the good work! Thank you again, Respectfully Bob Walls
My highlights from upper deck for the last 25 years is simple: upper deck brought my father and I closer together. The times i recall being 9 years old and ripping into box after box of upper deck will always live on with me. I remember pulling my first 1989 upper deck ken griffey jr card and my excitment from it. Because of upper deck my father and i were able to connect over something that we both enjoyed. so upper deck thank you for a wonderful 25 cant wait to see whats in store for the next 25!
my favorite experience with upper deck was getting a 2008 joe flacco excel rookie card in a second-hand pack from walgreens.
Thanks to Upper Deck and thanks to everyone who entered. The winner of the Frank Thomas auto is Mike Pereira. I have sent you an email. Thanks.
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