Deadpool Collides with Classic 1980s and ’90s Sports Cards

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No matter the medium, be it comic books or movies, Deadpool has never been afraid to go self-referential. It’s that breaking of the fourth wall that gives the character a lot of attitude and humor. And now that self-referential nature has carried over to trading cards. The 2019 Upper Deck Deadpool Sport Ball inserts delve into the manufacturer’s archives and put a new spin on some of the weirdest, funniest and most memorable ’80s and ’90s sports cards.

Inserted 1:8 packs of 2019 Upper Deck Deadpool, the Sport Ball checklist has a dozen cards. Most spoof classic baseball cards, but hockey and basketball take some heat as well. 1989 Upper Deck Baseball is the only set to be represented with multiple cards. It’s on three cards. However, the most iconic Upper Deck card of all, the 1989 Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card is spared the Deadpool treatment.

A handful of Fleer cards are also in the set. Upper Deck acquired the brand and its trademarks in 2005. Of course, that Bill Ripken card is among them.

Here’s a gallery of the entire set side-by-side with the original 1980s and 1990s sports cards they are referencing.

2019 Upper Deck Deadpool Sport Ball Gallery and the Cards That Inspired Them

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SB1 – 1989 Upper Deck Baseball Nolan Ryan #145

1989 Upper Deck 145 Nolan Ryan

SB2 – 1989 Upper Deck Baseball Dale Murphy Reverse Negative #357

1989 Upper Deck Dale Murphy Reverse Negative

SB3 – 1992-93 Upper Deck Basketball Shaquille O’Neal #1

SB4 – 1989 Fleer Baseball Bill Ripken #616

1989 Fleer Bill Ripken FF

SB5 – 1987 Fleer Baseball Barry Bonds #604

1987 Fleer Barry Bonds RC

SB6 – 1990-91 Upper Deck Hockey Jaromir Jagr #356

SB7 – 1991-92 Upper Deck Hockey Pavel Bure #54

SB8 – 1989 Upper Deck Baseball Mark McGwire #300

SB9 – 1994 Collector’s Choice Baseball Jose Canseco #560

SB10 – 1986 Fleer Baseball Mickey Hatcher #396

1986 Fleer Mickey Hatcher

SB11 – 1988 Fleer Baseball Tim Flannery #582

SB12 – 1984 Fleer Jay Johnstone #495

2019 Upper Deck Deadpool Sport Ball SB12

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