1989 Upper Deck
The Running To First Set
Very sneaky of UD to print up a card of Pettis with a mock up of the back of his card and have him hold it with the back facing the camera so we would be all like ZOMG UPPER DECK HAS CREATED A TIME/SPACE PARADOX
1990 Upper Deck
the green-and-gold racing stripe set (Night Owl defined this one already)
Rick Honeycutt looks BAD ASS until you realize he's taking drink orders for the fans in club level.
1991 Upper Deck
the "score from second" set (NO got this one too)
You would not believe the number of cards in early Upper Deck sets where the player is blowing a bubble. I almost did a post on just that instead.
1992 Upper Deck
The Fastball Set
I think Upper Deck just tried too hard on this one. It's nice and all, but there are very, very few collectors out there who like this set best.
1993 Upper Deck
The "It's All Downhill From Here Set"
The best set Upper Deck has ever done or will ever do. Period. Next.
1994 Upper Deck
The Squished Little Photo Set
The first full-bleed set, the first with foil stamping. Innocence is officially lost.
1995 Upper Deck
The Foil Minimalism Set
A design so good, UD recycled it in 2008. Deion says RAAAAWR.
1996 Upper Deck
The Classy Foil Set
I awlwys thought the two tone foil looked classy. Until you saw piles and piles of it and it started getting cheesy. Orange foil... (shudder)
1997 Upper Deck
The Wood Grain Foil Set
Wood grain on foil just does not look right. This card is very subtle, but someone will catch it.
1998 Upper Deck
The Stealth Foil Set
UD got sneaky and added extra unnecessary foil here, including the team name. Ariel has learned to levitate and is breaking the bonds of Earth.
1999 Upper Deck
The Way Too Much Damn Foil Set
Upper Deck's decline into foil madness is complete. They could have made a battleship with the amount of foil used in this set. Jeff is as dejected as I am with this set.
Maybe I should have quit after 1993...