I've said about a million times that Barry Larkin is a guy I collect because not only has he long been a player whose game I admired, he's also an alumnus of the same school I attended. Well, in anticipation of this post, I finally got around to scanning a good chunk of his cards I own, getting them into a list and putting them up in a Picasa Album. So before I get to the meat of this post, here are the results of that effort, which can also be found on my Player Collections page on TMM:
Those projects are by no means complete as they "only" include RCs, hits, and any "loose" cards I have of Larkin, which means those stored as part of sets in boxes aren't included just yet. I do have some catching up to do to get to the point where I can say I'm doing as well as Nachos Grande, but I'm getting there!
So how am I celebrating completing all this scanning, listing, and posting? By doing some MORE scanning, listing, and posting! Here are five excellent relics I picked up from COMC, the last of any cards of Barry I picked up this time:
Barry Larkin 2001 Leaf Certified Materials Fabric of the Game jersey
Barry Larkin 2002 Leaf Shirt Off My Back jersey
Barry Larkin 2007 SP Legendary Cuts Masterful Material jersey
Barry Larkin 2011 Topps 60 Relics bat
Barry Larkin 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen Framed Mini Relics jersey
The LCM jersey is easily my favorite thanks to my love of that set. What's not to like about a home-plate-shaped swatch, a sweet pinstripe, and the shot on the back of the jersey from which the swatch came? Plus, you know, "Actual game-worn jersey." The Shirt Off My Back card actually features that same perk, including a shot of a gray jersey instead of the LCM's white.
Honestly, though, you can't go wrong with any of these. I had promised myself to make a concerted effort towards acquiring more Barry stuff especially after his Hall of Fame election, and amazingly I was able to do so at fairly cheap prices on COMC. My Larkin hit count is now in the double-digits thanks to a new count of nine relics, plus an auto and an manurelic. Considering I nearly doubled my previous count, I'd say that deserves mention as a milestone!
Speaking of counts, my Michigan Baseball hits PC now rests just two shy of 150--another great milestone--and my overall sports count is at 795 with plenty more to go, so obviously milestones abound around here.
I may be out of Larkins (for now), but I still have some Bill Freehans to show off, and maybe I'll come up with other stuff too. For now, let this Red be a good reminder of the fun of the holiday season, and have a Barry Merry Christmas!