1994 Upper Deck The American Epic

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Description

1994 Upper Deck: The American Epic is an 80-card boxed set produced in conjunction with the PBS documentary "Baseball: The American Epic," produced by Ken Burns and sponsored by GM. The set was available from leading retail stores, the QVC television network, direct mail solicitation, and the Upper Deck Authenticated catalog.

Like the documentary, the set is divided into "nine innings" and arranged chronologically. Three insert cards were included with the set. A Michael Jordan card was available for direct mail customers, a Babe Ruth card for retail customers and a Mickey Mantle card for QVC customers.

Card #77 features Pete Rose who had been banned for life from baseball five years earlier. This card remains, to date, Rose's last appearance in an officially-licensed baseball card set -- although he has appeared in numerous partially-licensed sets (e.g. 2013 Panini Prizm).

Distribution

A stand alone 80 card box set. One bonus card was included depending on where the set was bought from. (MSRP: $19.95)

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Checklist

Base Set

  • 1 Our Game
  • 2 Alexander Cartwright
  • 3 Henry Chadwick
  • 4 The Fair Sex
  • 5 Harry Wright
  • 6 Albert Spalding
  • 7 Cap Anson
  • 8 Moses Walker
  • 9 King Kelly
  • 10 John M. Ward
  • 11 Ty Cobb
  • 12 John McGraw
  • 13 Rube Waddell
  • 14 Christy Mathewson
  • 15 Walter Johnson
  • 16 Alta Weiss
  • 17 Fred Merkle
  • 19 John Henry Lloyd
  • 20 Honus Wagner
  • 21 Woodrow Wilson
  • 22 Nap Lajoie
  • 23 Addie Joss
  • 24 Joe Wood
  • 25 Royal Rooters
  • 26 Ebbets Field
  • 27 Johnny Evers
  • 28 World War
  • 29 Joe Jackson
  • 30 Babe Ruth
  • 31 Rube Foster
  • 32 Ray Chapman
  • 33 Kenesaw Mountain Landis
  • 34 Yankee Stadium
  • 35 Roger Hornsby
  • 36 Warren G. Harding
  • 37 Lou Gehrig
  • 38 Grover C. Alexander
  • 39 House of David
  • 40 Satchel Paige
  • 41 Lefty Grove
  • 42 Jimmy Foxx
  • 43 Connie Mack
  • 44 Josh Gibson
  • 45 Dizzy Dean
  • 46 Carl Hubbell
  • 47 Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 48 Bob Feller
  • 49 James Bell
  • 50 Jackie Robinson
  • 51 Ted Williams
  • 52 Symphony Band
  • 53 Annabel Lee
  • 54 Hank Greenberg
  • 55 Branch Rickey
  • 56 Harry S. Truman
  • 57 Casey Stengel
  • 58 Bobby Thomson
  • 59 Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 60 Mario Cuomo
  • 61 Buck O'Neil
  • 62 Yogi Berra
  • 63 Mickey Mantle
  • 64 Don Larsen
  • 65 John F. Kennedy
  • 66 Bill Mazeroski
  • 67 Roger Maris
  • 68 Frank Robinson
  • 69 Bob Gibson
  • 70 Tom Seaver
  • 71 Curt Flood
  • 72 Roberto Clemente
  • 73 Luis Tiant
  • 74 Marvin Miller
  • 75 Reggie Jackson
  • 76 Willie Stargell
  • 77 Pete Rose
  • 78 Bill Clinton
  • 79 Nolan Ryan
  • 80 George Brett

Inserts

Each set contained one insert that varied depending on where it was purchased. The Michael Jordan card was exclusive to sets sold via direct mail and the Upper Deck Authenticated catalog, a Babe Ruth card for mass-market retail sets, and a Mickey Mantle card for QVC customers.

  • BC1 Mickey Mantle
  • BC2 Michael Jordan
  • BC3 Babe Ruth

General Motors

This nine-card set was exclusively available at GM dealers, for $1.00. The GM logo appears in the lower right corner.

  • 1 Hank Aaron
  • 2 Roberto Clemente
  • 3 Ty Cobb
  • 4 Hank Greenberg
  • 5 Mickey Mantle
  • 6 Satchel Paige
  • 7 Jackie Robinson
  • 8 Babe Ruth
  • 9 Ted Williams

Little Debbie

This 15-card set could be ordered through an offer on all packages of Little Debbie cakes for $3.99. The Little Debbies logo appears on the bottom of the checklist card.

  • LD1 Our Game
  • LD2 Alexander Cartwright
  • LD3 King Kelly
  • LD4 John McGraw
  • LD5 Christy Mathewson
  • LD6 Walter Johnson
  • LD7 Ted Williams
  • LD8 Annabel Lee
  • LD9 Jackie Robinson
  • LD10 Bobby Thomson
  • LD11 Buck O'Neil
  • LD12 Mickey Mantle
  • LD13 Bob Gibson
  • LD14 Curt Flood
  • LD15 Reggie Jackson