The final player I'll be showcasing in this feature (with the exception of one more over on TMM, possibly even tomorrow) is HOF SS Barry Larkin. I decided to save him for the big finish because I scored the most new cards of him out of all the PC guys involved in this enormous purchase--so many, in fact, that for my sanity I'm splitting his pickups into two posts!
There's a lot to see here so let's get down to it:
A Topps Glossy Send-In and a couple more Classic issues from '90 and '91 join a pair of food issues from Jimmy Dean and Post cereal to round out another eclectic bunch.
Rey Sanchez getting doubled up.
Inserts include a '93 Triple Play Action game card, '94 Collector's Choice's You Crash the Game (also a scratch-off), and '94 Donruss' Special Edition parallel.
The oddballs are the Post food issue and Upper Deck Fun Pack from '93.
The lone '96 entrant is an appropriately red Fleer Circa on a decent design that ended up going in the wrong direction as the brand evolved into Skybox Thunder, but was solid for its debut.
Our one insert here is a Leaf Limited Bat Patrol, a set with a design that might've been a bit better if they hadn't put the insert title at such a weird angle.
There are two inserts you can spot here: a Collector's Choice You Make the Play game card and a Score Dugout Collection parallel, which was a nice copper-colored version of the solid base set.
The card I haven't mentioned so far is somewhat but not completely odd: a Stadium Club Members Only 50 of the guy who was named MVP that season.
1997's base in this scan is represented by Circa (see what I mean?), Donruss Limited, Fleer's E-X2000, and a twofer from Leaf. Limited definitely had a higher-end feel at the time, plus Larkin shares his card with another SS who was popular at the time,
The pair of inserts you see in the middle row are Stick'Ums stickers from Collector's Choice. For some reason these came in hobby and retail versions (left and right, respectively), though there's no difference in the stickers up front.
Half of the '99s can be claimed by Pacific in the form of Aurora, Crown Collection, and a not-so-ostentatious Prism set. The others are base entries from Bowman, a very Certified-like Fleer Brilliants, and, yes, once again, Metal Universe!
Card #9 then begins the final year of this post with Upper Deck's Black Diamond. While I'll always be a bigger fan of the '99 version, 2000 was another good year for that brand, one that had some very cool parallels.
The top row is an upper-end dream with Fleer's E-X, Topps' Finest, and Fleer Showcase. That version of Finest happens to be one of my favorites and I can't think of a Showcase design I didn't like.
Meanwhile, the next four cards are all Pacific: flagship, Crown Collection, Omega, and Private Stock (again, see what I mean?). The flagship design is one of that manufacturer's best, and Private Stock was clearly a work of art that year.
Last up are SP Authentic and Stadium Club Chrome. The former looks great as always, and the latter is a product I wish had continued. That's probably because I pulled so many great cards from it, including a Derek Jeter I sold for good money and a Griffey Refractor. I mean, really, Stadium Club cards are beautiful already, so why not Refractor-ize them as well? That's Topps for you.
Congrats to all of you who made it this far! After adding everything you see above, my Larkin collection sits at a very respectable 551 cards, so that's another fun milestone I can cross off. Stay tuned for more of all Barry, all the time in my next post!