Remember Upper Deck’s Multiple Exposure Baseball Cards?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Upper Deck’s early sets were marked with several innovations like holograms, foil packs and pushy glossy card stock as a sports card norm. But there’s another thing that stood out to me — multiple exposure cards.

Through a photography trick, these cards were able to convey motion through still photos. And we’re not talking about lenticular effects employed by Sportflics. Upper Deck’s multiple exposure cards overlapped individual shots into a single frame.

Not only did the end result look cool, but it offered up a dissection of athletic form. In three shots, you can trace how Nolan Ryan goes from wind up to follow through, Rickey Henderson steal a base and Jose Canseco muscle out a home run and watch it soar.

Upper Deck used them consistently in their baseball sets between 1989 and 1995, but in limited numbers. Between the Low and High Series, most of these sets had two such cards. However, 1992 reached a high of four if you include the Deion Sanders #SP3 card where he transformed from a base stealing ball player to a football star.

If you want to achieve such an effect, there are a couple of ways to do it without necessarily using Photoshop. The first is to have the flash go off several times quickly in a dimly lit environment. One could also set up the camera for a long exposure, and cover up and uncover the lens a few times.

Here’s a gallery of more than a dozen Upper Deck Baseball multiple exposure cards from 1989 through 1995.

Upper Deck Baseball Multiple Exposure Gallery

1989 Upper Deck Nolan Ryan #145

1989 Upper Deck 145 Nolan Ryan

1989 Upper Deck Jim Abbott #755

1989 Upper Deck 755 Jim Abbott

1990 Upper Deck Wade Boggs #555

1990 Upper Deck 555 Wade Boggs

1991 Upper Deck Fernando Valenzuela #175

1991 Upper Deck 175 Fernando Valenzuela

1991 Upper Deck Rickey Henderson #444

1991 Upper Deck 444 Rickey Handerson

1991 Upper Deck 777 Joe Slusarski RC #777

1991 Upper Deck 777 Joe Slusarski

1992 Upper Deck Jose Canseco #333

1992 Upper Deck 333 Jose Canseco

1992 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. #424

1992 Upper Deck 424 Ken Griffey Jr

1992 Upper Deck Eddie Murray “400 Home Run Club” #728

1992 Upper Deck 728 Eddie Murray

1992 Upper Deck Deion Sanders #SP3

1992 Upper Deck SP3 Deion Sanders

1993 Upper Deck Brent Gates “Diamond Debuts CL” #500

1993 Upper Deck 500 Brent Gates Diamond Debuts CL

1993 Upper Deck Phil Hiatt #645

1993 Upper Deck 645 Phil Hiatt

1994 Upper Deck Mike Mussina “The Future Is Now” #44

1994 Upper Deck 44 Mike Mussina Future Is Now

1995 Upper Deck Don Mattingly #210

1995 Upper Deck 210 Don Mattingly

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.


  1. Michael L Pereira
    Posted March 23, 2017 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    OMG I’ve been looking for that Ricky Henderson card. I remember having it as a kid and couldn’t find in on ebay for some reason. Probably because he has thousands of different cards. For some reason I thought it had more frames and was in day time.

  2. David P
    Posted March 24, 2017 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    Really old. Back when Upper Deck gave a damn about customers.

  3. Kennedy
    Posted March 28, 2017 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    The Deion Sanders card #SP3 is pretty cool. I have a few of these cards, the Valenzuela and Canseco.

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