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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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Hey, Rovell … this is a fist pump!

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CNBC’s Darren Rovell has Twittered that tennis star Rafael Nadal has the best fist pump in sports. I — and Ricky Vaughn — care to differ.



Good thing we got Wild Thing some glasses…

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Sometimes it’s the little things that remind you of key moments — like when we finally got Ricky Vaughn some glasses.

Here’s what his 1989 Topps Record Breaker card would have looked like had they not decided to play nice and pull it from the set. After he started giving ’em the heater and was much more successful, the powers that be apparently opted to not pick on my rookie.

— Lou Brown, loubrown2009@gmail.com

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What if Ricky Vaughn had a 1989 Donruss baseball card?

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Ricky Vaughn was one of GM Charlie Donovan‘s greatest scouting projects ever.

But I’m just glad we got him some glasses.

I needed some, too, since I apparently can’t tell the difference between Nolan Ryan and Sandy Koufax on my office wall, but anyway …

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