Literally The First Packed Pulled Autographed Card Ever Made


Upper Deck’s first product hit the market in 1989 like a ton of bricks.  Premium card stock, anti-counterfeiting holograms, and tamper-proof packs showed collectors that Upper Deck was here to play.  Having Ken Griffey, Jr’s most popular rookie as the first card in the set didn’t hurt either.  Upper Deck was innovative and set a standard for card design/quality.

After the tremendous success of their 1989 baseball set, Upper Deck had to kick it up a notch if they wanted to keep things interesting for collectors.  For their 1990 set, they randomly inserted 2,500 Reggie Jackson certified autographed cards into packs.  This was above anything that had been done before.  It was the first time an autograph could be pulled from a pack of baseball cards.  Today its standard procedure to see autographed cards being pulled from packs, but back then it was a major deal.

Some collectors put a lot of emphasis on serial numbers.  First one, last one, and a player’s jersey number can all factor in here.  Personally, I don’t think it matters except for in this case.  The 1990 Upper Deck Reggie Jackson autograph pictured above is serial numbered 1/2,500.  It is literally the first packed pulled autographed card ever made.  This card recently sold for $200.00, and its funny to think all the autographed cards you see today started with this one.

Ever See An Anson Cut?

Cap Anson is considered by many the best 19th century baseball player.  He was the first player to ever reach 3,000 career hits and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937.  Anson’s cards are by far some of the most valuable and sought after in the hobby.  From what I can find, he has only (6) cut signatures that could be pulled.  Its rare to find anything associated with his name.  Thats why I got a little excited when I saw a picture of the Anson cut signature pictured below.  It comes from 2004 Topps Tribute – Cut Signature Edition, and its the first time I’ve ever seen it.


A lot of people don’t like the design of these cards.  I on the other hand do.  People say there should be a picture of the ball player on the card.  I respectfully disagree, especially when it comes to this set.  These autographs are extremely unique, and I think all the focus should be on the signature.

I’d love to see a manufacturer get their hands on an Anson relic.  I wonder what an Anson bat card would sell for?