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What if Upper Deck had gone a different direction with card No. 1 back in 1989?

Now that Upper Deck is effectively out of the market for Major League Baseball cards, it’s also out of the market for Major League baseball cards, too, and that got Lou Brown thinking about what went wrong along the way.

What if Upper Deck had gone with a different Star Rookie in its inaugural 1989 baseball card set instead of Ken Griffey Jr.? What if my man, Wild Thing had been there instead?

Things would have looked a lot different today. I’m telling you.

– Lou Brown



Exclusive first look world premiere: The 1989 Upper Deck cards you’ll never, ever find anywhere other than right here

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We’ve done some nosing around and have found this exclusive first look world premiere scoop of all scoops — the 14 cards pulled at the last second from the 1989 Upper Deck baseball card set. (Including a card of yours truly, Lou Brown.)

You see, Upper Deck had better things to do in 1989 than include a real Star Rookie named Ricky Vaughn in its inaugural baseball card set. (They instead opted for some bum named Ken Griffey Jr. for card No. 1.)

And they made some other last-second changes to the set — opting to not include managers, bench coaches, announcers and even some Major Leaguers in the 700-card first series.

My team was very, very disappointed. However, after 20 years these “missing”  cards have been discovered and can only be found here on my blog.

– Lou Brown

See all of the cards after the jump.

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