Griffey Jr. Upper Deck No.1 (Holo)
Hand-painted collectible baseball card
In 1989, Upper Deck arrived as a premium brand with foil-wrapped packs, high-gloss white card stock and holographics. They chose 19-year old Ken Griffey Jr. as the face for their launch, making him card #1 of their inaugural set. It was huge a gamble, as Griffey had only reached AA and was injured the year before. They even edited his minor league photo, to make him appear in a Mariners uniform.
Popularity soared, and it began selling for over $100 at hobby stores. Boxes of cards were flying off the shelf, and rumors were Upper Deck kept printing them... with experts estimating at least 1 million in circulation.
This series is made on 1990 Upper Deck, with the circled #1 numbering from the back of Griffey's '89 rookie card.
About my hologram collector cards
Upper Deck launched in 1989 as the first premium baseball card brand, using white glossy stock, fancy graphics... and holographic materials! So, I'm using my own holographic materials to re-design these vintage cards. The focus on these designs is repetitive pattern making, which conveys the massive overproduction of cards Upper Deck printed during the height of the boom.
Here's what you'll receive with this order
- My original hand-made holographic designs onto a baseball card.
- These art cards are protected inside an Ultra Pro One Touch magnetic card holder... customized with my matching holographic Rosen signature label.
- Each collector card is also marked with an edition number.
- I do not sign these cards by request. However, your package will include bonus items, personally autographed by me.
You may reference my growing checklist of collector-owned cards.