New 1991 Upper Deck hologram variation discovered! That’s 5 different types now!

18 May

This weekend I came across a small collection of Nolan Ryan stuff. Mainly just base junk with some oddball sprinkled in, but as always, I flipped over the 1991 Upper Decks included, to see if any of the rarer hologram types were printed on back.This time it was a hologram that looked familiar but didn’t fit any of the 4 known types. It turns out, its the hologram UD used for it’s 1990-issued, Comic Ball 1 set. Keep in mind that these variations scan terribly, but in person are easily recognizable:

Ughh. Those scans are awful, but the best I can get for the time being. The actual pattern is what appears to be a series of trophies, the words “upper deck” and “90.” And the Comic Ball set is the only UD issue that I could find matching this. Pretty fitting that I find this variety on a Nolan Ryan card when he would eventually become a spokesman for the Comic Ball line in 1991.

To recap the already-known hologram varieties (see my in-depth, previous blog on them for details):

-1990 MLB type: This hologram is the exact same one used on UD’s 1990 cards. A pattern of baseballs shows up when held under the light.

-1990-91 NHL type: This hologram has a crossed hockey sticks and ’90-91′ pattern if held under the light.

-1991 MLB, NHL, NBA, NFL type: This hologram is the most common, and shows a pattern of ‘1991 Upper Deck’ when held under a light source.

-1992 MLB type: This hologram depicts a pattern of UD’s diamond-logo and is commonly found on most 1992 issued card sets. Funny that these were being found on 1991 cards!


7 Responses to “New 1991 Upper Deck hologram variation discovered! That’s 5 different types now!”

  1. John Thompson June 15, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    Interesting…I have about 30 1991 UD baseball cards that have the 1990 holograms. I guess I’ll have to take a closer look at them to see if they differ amongst themselves.

    • junkwaxgems June 17, 2011 at 8:40 am #

      Let me know if you come across a copy of Robin Ventura’s card #263 with any of the unusual hologram variations.

  2. buddyp61 July 27, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    Has anyone seen a uncut hologram sheet of all the team (at that time) in circulation. In my searches I cant find an example like the one I own.

  3. Justin August 3, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    Just got back from the National and found these 1991 UD hologram variations: (90 baseball) – 158 Biggio, 172 Eckersley, 174 McGwire, 306 Hoiles, (90 hockey) – 11 B.Williams, 345 Ryan, 347 Ripken, 353 Larkin, 376 R.Johnson, 544 Puckett, (90 comic) – 324 Molitor, 677 Fisk/Ventura, (92 baseball) – 444 R.Henderson.

  4. Dwayne Carter December 16, 2013 at 3:52 am #

    Bought a box of 1991 UD High #’s for $8 at a show. Got zero hologram variations out of it. On singles, I’ve found the High #’s have the 1992 UD hologram, which is very easy to differentiate from the regular in a picture or scan. If anyone else buys 1991 UD boxes, post your results.

    • Dylan December 31, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

      You lucked out. I’ve opened many 1991 UD High # boxes and failed to find any hologram variations, including 1992 holos. Some factory sets produced them but I usually found them in lots.

  5. Ryan March 15, 2017 at 11:00 am #

    So I went through tons of old baseball cards and came across a ’91 UD card #168, Franklin Stubbs, the UD hologram logo is completely blank, no symbols or “upper deck” lettering. I’ve tried to find info on this.. anyone heard of it?

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