1989 Upper Deck Baseball Errors Checklist

The following card was acquired sometime in late 2010 to Q1 of 2011 and this scan was produced and watermarked in March of 2011. It was scanned using the Canon CanoScan LiDE 100 and watermarked before I implemented Photoshop automation. This scan was initially used on an article about this particular card.

Pat Sheridan 1989 Upper Deck #652 Variation Comparison
Pat Sheridan 1989 Upper Deck #652 B&A

1989 Upper Deck is the premier issue from the company and was printed in enough volume to satisfy demand. It was the only set in 1989 to be issued across two separate series’: low (1-700) and high (701-800). Cards were released in foil wrappers with high series packs contain a mixture of both low and high series cards. This set is notable in that it’s the first to feature an embedded hologram in an effort to prevent counterfeiting. Notable rookie cards include: Jim Abbott, Sandy Alomar Jr., Dante Bichette, Craig Biggio, Steve Finley, Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, Gary Sheffield, John Smoltz, and Omar Vizquel. For a while there, Tom Gordon, Greg Jefferies, Ricky Jordan, Ramon Martinez, Jerome Walton, and Todd Zeile were in demand as well.

Related article: Pat Sheridan 1989 Upper Deck #652 Variation Comparison

1989 Upper Deck features a variety of errors with corrections made at different times in the print run. The breakdown of which is depicted in the following table. Some cards were issued with duplicate or missing holograms but they don’t appear to hold any significant demand and sometimes actually sell for less.

CardsCorrected after this % of print run
Dale Murphy, Pat Sheridan2%
Gary Sheffield15%
Gary Varsho, Mike Gallego, Bill Schroeder20%
Brian Holton, Fred Manrique, Herm Winningham30%
1989 Upper Deck Errors

What’s Not Included in this Checklist:

  • Uncorrected Errors (UERs): These include minor typos on card backs and/or fronts. Since these cards were never corrected, they’re just the standard cards in the set.
  • Blank/Wrong Fronts/Backs: Examples beyond what’s stated are manufacturing scrap and weren’t issued in packs.

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Errors Checklist:

Card #Player(s)Error
13AGary SheffieldSS printed upside down
72ABrian HoltonPhoto is Shawn Hillegas
321AGary VarshoBack photo is Mike Bielecki bunting
357ADale MurphyReverse Negative
583AMike GallegoBack photo is reverse negative
627ABill SchroederBack photo is Ronn Reynolds buckling shin guards
628AFred ManriqueBack photo is Ozzie Guillen throwing
636AHerm WinninghamWInningham on back
652APat SheridanNo position stated on front
659AJose CansecoEagle logo in black
659BJose CansecoEagle logo in blue
1989 Upper Deck Errors

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