Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1989 Upper Deck High Series MLB pack (Hour 1)


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 1.

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: 13 cards + 2 stickers (all in gallery below)
Base set completion: 
12 of 800 (2 percent)
Duplicates: 1

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

Autographs/Memorabilia: Not for a few more years

What’s Buzz-worthy: This is an iconic brand in many ways — printing, packaging, Rookie Cards, design — but this pack was simply brutal just like one ripped here in a past 12 in 12 marathon. That happens, though, with so few cards and an 800-card set. This pack actually included three high-number (Nos. 701-800) cards in this one — a forgettable pair of Ron Kittles and a Steve Searcy — instead of two. The power of these is what you’ll find in a clean box of 36 packs — among the highlights being a Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card but also early or memorable cards for Jim Abbott, Randy Johnson, Craig Biggio, Gary Sheffield, Ozzie Canseco, John Smoltz, Dale Murphy, Mark McGwire and Nolan Ryan among others. The only thing close to a good card in this one? Team checklists for Will Clark and Alan Trammell. Not a single Star Rookie to be found here nor any memorable players on basic cards — unless you’re a big fan of Reggie Miller’s brother. To add insult to injury? The pack was two cards short — those were probably Griffeys, right?

Product Grade: A
Pack Grade:
Fun Grade: C (play it safe and rip a few at once)

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

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