Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1989 Upper Deck High Series MLB pack (Hour 4)


Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … and this is Hour 4.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1989 Upper Deck High Series baseball cards
The cost now: 
The cost then: $1

What’s inside this pack? Keep reading …


Cards per pack: 15 cards + 2 stickers (all in gallery below)
Base set completion: 
15 of 800 (2 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Inserts: 2 (if you consider the hologram stickers to be inserts)
Hologram stickers (2) – Red Sox, Yankees

Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: This is an iconic brand in many ways — printing, packaging, Rookie Cards, design — but this pack was simply brutal. It happens with just 15 cards and an 800-card set. As there should have been there were two high-number (Nos. 701-800) cards in this one — a forgettable combo of Pete O’Brien and Mel Hall — and then the rest of them were potentially a Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card. Except they weren’t. The only thing close to a good card in this one was a Fred McGriff team checklist. The Star Rookie? A checklist, too. Maybe Buzz will grab one of these packs again (or maybe a box) for a future 12 in 12 … it couldn’t get much worse than this pack!

Product Grade: A
Pack Grade:
Fun Grade: C

What’s next? Be back at the top of the next hour …

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