In my collection: 20+ regular, 2 Ken Griffey, Sr
Griffey looks: zeroed in
Is this a good Griffey Card? Yes. The last in a series of inter-related Upper Deck designs with some great shots of the Kid and his Dad.
The set: Upper Deck was still riding the crest of the wave they made in '89. While a lot of other brands were playing catch up, Upper Deck was moving on with their great photography, quality card stock, and dual-sided full-color printing.
Nothing signifies Upper Deck's momentum more than the baseball diamond theme of their first three sets. In '89 you had the first base line, then the run to second in 1990. Here the go-ahead run rounds third and goes home.
In other words: we're moving on - expect big things from us.
Here's a terrible visualization of the "Upper Deck baseball diamond" I put together:
I suppose it's less surprising to see Junior make a cameo on his Dad's card than that of anyone else in the set, but the definition still applies.
Looks like Junior may have done something gold glove-worthy on the field, and his dad is giving him a "good hustle" tap. We also see Senior in what would eventually become Junior's number when he moves to his hometown Reds a decade later. And not to sound weird, but Ken, Sr. has some nice eyelashes in this picture. Overall, this is a great photo of the father-son pair in the short time they wore the same uniform.
There is a disparity among holograms in the 1991 Upper Deck base set. I don't appear to have any of the variations to show you, but you can read about them here. As a completist I would list them as collection needs, but that is a level of anal I just don't want to touch.
There were few really great sets in 1991, but Upper Deck made it happen. The cherry on top was their 100-card Final Edition set. Tune in tomorrow for that bit of tightness.