Delino DeShields, Marquis Grissom and Larry Walker doing their best impression of twelve-year-olds as they rock the Expos unis. 1990 Topps baseball cards were nice looking, with bright white cardstock, good photography, and four sharp corners. They followed the 1989 Upper Deck innovation of pricey, higher end cards. In 2009, what's not to like about 1990 Upper Deck?
The company employed someone who kept a wary eye on the design department, as the back had a completely different, and sometimes better, photo than the front.
Here's a completely unremarkable front...
If you didn't like 1990 Upper Deck, you could always pick up a few extra packs of 1990 Topps.
The thing about Nolan Ryan is you never knew when he might come off the mound and kill you. This is a great shot of that scary no-prisoners expression.
Again, you could also have sprung for the 1990 Topps Nolan:although it wouldn't have been encased in plastic. If it had been, you'd have found some dynamite.
This box of 1990 UD high numbers came in one of those repack boxes. We picked it up a while back but didn't have a chance to go through the cards until today. You can return to The Worst Fairfield Repack in the World for details.
Fanofreds did a swell post on the set's running man Barry Larkin card. And Traded Sets did a 1990 Upper Deck post today, and talked about Rookie Threats last month. The wikipedia entry for Upper Deck, which seems to have been written by someone VERY FOND of the company, notes that the 1990 set included the card industry's first randomly inserted personally autographed and numbered cards of sports superstars. Wax Heaven posted about that.
Was 1990 Upper Deck thus the end of baseball card civilization as we knew it?