Browsing posts tagged: Larkin Collection
Barry Larkin Collection 512: 2000 Fleer Ultra – #157

Barry LarkinYear:  2000Brand:  Fleer UltraCard number:  157The Fleer Ultra line has long been a hit or miss brand for me.  Some years, I seem to love Ultra while other years are entirely forgettable.  In a weird way, I think th…

Barry Larkin Collection 511: 1999 Topps Gold Label – #18 – Class 1

Barry LarkinYear:  1999Brand:  Topps Gold LabelCard number:  18From the moment I saw my first Topps Gold Label card, I’ve loved the brand!  This particular Larkin card is one of my favorites from 1999 – and it probably has a shot of…

Barry Larkin Collection 510: 1999 Topps Finest – #97

Barry LarkinYear:  1999Brand:  Topps FinestCard number:  97The 1999 Topps Finest set was one of the sets that used the protective film to keep the cards pristine.  As a collector, years later, I find the film to be annoying…and ye…

Barry Larkin Collection 509: 1999 Skybox Thunder – #160

Barry LarkinYear:  1999Brand:  Skybox ThunderCard number:  160The Skybox Thunder set is yet another late 90s set obsessed with messing with fonts (both in terms of size and direction).  The Larkin card is also pretty heavy on purple…

Barry Larkin Collection 508: 1999 Upper Deck Victory – #112

Barry LarkinYear:  1999Brand:  Upper Deck VictoryCard number:  112The 1999 Upper Deck Victory is a rather unique set in that it was a fairly large set (470 cards) but it contained no inserts.  In addition, you may notice that the Up…

Barry Larkin Collection 507: 1999 Skybox Premium – #87

Barry LarkinYear:  1999Brand:  Skybox PremiumCard number:  87I’m going to institute a new baseball card rule:If you are going to have statistics reading across a card in “landscape mode” then you are not allowed to put other text running…

Barry Larkin Collection 506: 1999 Pacific Prism – #38 – Holographic Gold Parallel #/480

Barry LarkinYear:  1999Brand:  Pacific PrismCard number:  38Parallel set:  Holographic Gold  (#434/480)The 1999 Pacific Prism set had a number of parallels with the most common being this Holographic Gold parallel that is numbe…

Barry Larkin Collection 505: 1999 Pacific Revolution – #39

Barry LarkinYear:  1999Brand:  Pacific RevolutionCard number:  39The Pacific brand seems to be a brand that people either love or hate, you don’t hear many people say “meh” about Pacific.  For my money, I thought Pacific had some of…

Barry Larkin Collection 504: 1999 Upper Deck MVP – #57

Barry LarkinYear:  1999Brand:  Upper Deck MVPCard number:  57The 1999 Upper Deck MVP set was an inexpensive set that Upper Deck produced to replace the retired Collector’s Choice brand (which was a huge mistake in my book – but then agai…

Barry Larkin Collection 503: 1999 Pacific Prism – #38

Barry LarkinYear:  1999Brand:  Pacific PrismCard number:  38While I do love most things that Pacific produced in the late 90s, the Prism set from 1999 doesn’t really interest me all that much.  For starters, the front is way too shi…

Barry Larkin Collection 502: 1999 Fleer Sports Illustrated – #79

Barry LarkinYear: 1999Brand:  Fleer Sports IllustratedCard number:  79The 1999 edition of Fleer Sports Illustrated was the third (and unfortunately last) year for the brand.  Like in the other years, one of the defining characterist…

Barry Larkin Collection 501: 1999 Fleer Mystique – #41

Barry LarkinYear:  1999Brand:  Fleer MystiqueCard number:  41The 1999 Fleer Mystique set is quite nice – and it’s an interesting experience to open a pack (or box) of the stuff because you have to peel off a shiny blue “sticker” off of o…

Barry Larkin Collection 500: 2004 Skybox Autographics – #BL/KM – Prospects Endorsed Dual Relic (#/500)

Barry Larkin & Kaz MatsuiYear:  2004Brand:  Skybox AutographicsInsert set:  Prospects Endorsed Dual RelicCard number:  PEJ-BL/KM (#448/500)I bought this card off of eBay last summer but I decided to hold on to it in terms of sho…

Barry Larkin Collection 499: 1999 Pacific Crown Royale – #38

Barry LarkinYear:  1999Brand:  Pacific Crown RoyaleCard number:  38This may look like a fancy insert card, but it turns out that all of the base cards in Pacific’s 1999 Crown Royale offering were die-cut like this.  Despite the over…

Barry Larkin Collection 498: 1999 Fleer Brilliants – #103B – Blue Parallel

Barry LarkinYear:  1999Brand:  Fleer BrilliantsCard number:  103BParallel:  BlueMost of the time, I find parallels to be pointless – but every now and then you find one that just looks great.  This blue parallel from the 1999 F…

Barry Larkin Collection 497: 1999 Bowman’s Best – #34

Barry LarkinYear: 1999Brand:  Bowman’s BestCard number:  34For me, the name “Bowman’s Best” seems sort of ironic in that implies that Bowman actually has a best.  Speaking frankly, if this is truly the best that Bowman can offer, th…

Barry Larkin Collection 496: 1999 Bowman Chrome – #23

Barry LarkinYear:  1999Brand:  Bowman ChromeCard number:  23I’ve never been a big fan of the regular Bowman line, but if you make Bowman Chrome…well……it’s still really nothing more than shiny Bowman. Actually, I think this card is …

Barry Larkin Collection 495: 1999 Pacific Aurora – #45

Barry LarkinYear:  1999Brand:  Pacific AuroraCard number:  45I’ve mentioned many, many times on my blog that I am a huge fan of most late 90s Pacific baseball sets.  While the 1999 Pacific Aurora set isn’t my all-time favorite, it’s…

Barry Larkin Collection 494: 1999 Kahn’s – #11

Barry LarkinYear:  1999Brand:  Kahn’sCard number:  11Kahn’s has produced team sets of baseball cards for the Reds for a number of years (usually given out during a stadium promotional day).  Unfortunately, as someone who lives 10+ h…

Barry Larkin Collection 493: 1999 Bowman – #23

Barry LarkinYear:  1999Brand:  BowmanCard number:  23I have never been a big fan of the Bowman line of cards – and this particular card is extra ugly (even by Bowman standards).  I hate the front design with the burning fury of 1000…

Barry Larkin Collection 492: 1998 Upper Deck Special F/X – #40

Barry LarkinYear:  1998Brand:  Upper Deck Special F/XCard number:  40The 1998 Upper Deck Special F/X set is a partial parallel of Upper Deck’s base set.  The biggest thing you’ll notice about this set is the thickness of the cards (…

Barry Larkin Collection 491: 1998 Upper Deck – #43 – 10th Anniversary Preview Edition Insert

Barry LarkinYear:  1998Brand:  Upper DeckInsert set:  10th Anniversary PreviewCard number:  43For my money, baseball cards in the late 90s are often super confusing.  Take, for instance, this seemingly simple card.  It’s f…

Barry Larkin Collection 489: 1998 Leaf – #168 – Bronze Y-Axis Die-Cut Parallel

Barry LarkinYear:  1998Brand:  LeafParallel:  Bronze Y-AxisCard number:  168The 1998 Leaf had a confusing system of parallels.  For this particular Larkin card, you could get the “original” base card, the bronze parallel (1800 …

Barry Larkin Collection 488: 1998 Pinnacle Plus – #12 – Lasting Memories Insert

Barry LarkinYear:  1998Brand:  Pinnacle PlusInsert set:  Lasting MemoriesCard number:  12The 1998 Pinnacle Plus set was the final set released by Pinnacle…they went out of business only weeks after releasing the Pinnacle Plus set….

Barry Larkin Collection 487: 1998 Pinnacle Epix – #12 – Moment Insert – Emerald Parallel

Barry LarkinYear:  1998Brand:  Pinnacle EpixSubset:  MomentParallel set:  EmeraldCard number:  12The 1998 Pinnacle Epix set is a disaster to try and explain…so here’s Baseballcardpedia’s best attempt:1998 Pinnacle Epix is a m…

Barry Larkin Collection 486: 1998 Leaf – #10 – Heading to the Hall (#0067/3500)

Barry LarkinYear:  1998Brand:  LeafInsert set:  Heading to the HallCard number:  10  (#0067/3500)The Heading for the Hall cards have two versions – the “real” version as seen here (numbered out of 3500) and a “sample” version w…

Barry Larkin Collection 485: 1998 Fleer Ultra – #180 – Gold Medallion Parallel

Barry LarkinYear:  1998Brand:  Fleer UltraCard number:  180Parallel set:  Gold MedallionThe Gold Medallion parallels were seeded one per pack back in 1998 Fleer Ultra.  The parallel is (obviously) quite similar to Larkin’s regu…

Barry Larkin Collection 484: 1998 Fleer Sports Illustrated – #8 – Opening Day Mini Poster

Barry LarkinYear:  1998Brand:  Fleer Sports IllustratedInsert set:  Opening Day Mini PosterCard number:  8The 1998 Fleer Sports Illustrated set continued the trend started in the 1997 edition of the brand where Fleer would include a…

Barry Larkin Collection 483: 1998 Pinnacle Plus – #40

Barry LarkinYear:  1998Brand:  Pinnacle PlusCard number:  40In 1998, there were (seemingly) a thousand different baseball card sets by a ton of different manufacturers.  I’m consistently amazed at how many sets there are that I own …

Barry Larkin Collection 482: 1998 Pinnacle Inside – #11

Barry LarkinYear:  1998Brand:  Pinnacle InsideCard number:  11The 1998 Pinnacle Inside set, much like it’s 1997 counterpart, was released in cans rather than standard packs.  Other than that “dumb” gimmick, there isn’t much to say a…

Barry Larkin Collection 481: 1998 Upper Deck – #65 – 5"x7" Blow Up Insert

Barry LarkinYear:  1998Brand:  Upper DeckInsert set:  5″x7″ Blow UpCard number:  65The Blow Up insert set is also referred to as partial parallel set (but since the entire Blow Up set consists of only 35 cards out of a possible 750 …

Barry Larkin Collection 480: 1998 Pinnacle – #9 – Away Version

Barry LarkinYear:  1998Brand:  PinnacleCard number:  9Version:  AwayThe 1998 Pinnacle set is weird in that each of the first 157 base cards has three versions.  There is a home version, an away version, and a full version – all…

Barry Larkin Collection 479: 1998 Topps Gallery – #45

Barry LarkinYear:  1998Brand:  Topps GalleryCard number:  45For whatever reason, I was never even aware of the Topps Gallery brand when I was a kid – and that’s too bad because I like the set a lot.  The Gallery theme is used to goo…

Barry Larkin Collection 478: 1998 Pacific Paramount – #147

Barry LarkinYear:  1998Brand:  Pacific ParamountCard number:  147The 1998 Pacific Paramount set is 90% awesome, 10% hideous.  For my money, the front of the card is awesome (except for the hideous foil at the bottom) and the back of…

Barry Larkin Collection 477: 1998 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice – #7 – Evolution Revolution Insert

Barry LarkinYear:  1998Brand:  Upper Deck Collector’s ChoiceInsert set:  Evolution RevolutionCard number:  7If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile now, you probably know all about my love of the Collector’s Choice brand.  In…