Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Cheap Cool Cards #25: 1988 Upper Deck Promo Cards


Back in the early 90's, I was fortunate enough to get hired by my local card shop who introduced me to the world of promo cards.  Since then, I have accumulated hundreds of different promo cards ranging from baseball to non-sports to soccer cards.

And recently, I picked up the two promo cards have have eluded my collection for twenty-five years.  
They're the 1988 Upper Deck baseball card promos:

#1 DeWayne Buice

#700 Wally Joyner

These cards were distributed in a variety of ways and actually have an interesting story behind them.  It even involves a little bit of Upper Deck's history.  If you're interested, I encourage you to read this article.

As for me... I grew tired of seeing them sit atop my cardboard wantlist, so I headed over to COMC and purchased the pair for $9.50.  With that being said... they're officially the most expensive cards in my promo card collection.  But at least I didn't pay the high prices these cards once commanded from card shops.

Happy Wednesday and sayonara!

14 comments:

  1. Love promo cards. There are so many out there too.

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  2. I still have the November 1988 Baseball Card Magazine that was the first time I saw the Buice card

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    1. Very cool. I'll have to dig through my back issues and see if I have one of those ads.

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  3. Cool and important pieces of card collecting history.

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  4. I used to get promo cards mailed to my place of work. Free cards!

    But it was during my collecting hiatus and I didn't know what to do with them. I think I even threw a few away.

    Of course, now no one one mails free cards to me at work.

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  5. Dig that hologram at the bottom. That shape ended up on their hockey sets.

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  6. Not a bad pick up, for a semi-decent price. Bargain hunting at it's finest!

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  7. I would love to get one of those Joyner's. He would look good in my Angels in the Desert set. Nice find my friend!!

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  8. The checklist has more cards. Are there more versions of the cards?
    That was a good preview of what was to come for UD.

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    1. Yeah... from what I've read there are three versions of each card.

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  9. Never knew this story. Just a note Fuji, you are up to pick in my contest. Visit when you can and pick your prize!

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  10. Fuji! The A's got Kurt Suzuki back! I saw the headline and said "Oh, I know someone who's going to be excited..."

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    1. Wow. Talk about waking up to a nice surprise. He's struggled this season... but the A's can really use a veteran catcher. Hopefully he'll be able to put some kind of spark into their lineup. Worse case scenario... my favorite player is back on my favorite team ;-)

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