Thursday, October 08, 2009

Barry Larkin Collection 31: 1993 Topps #110

Barry Larkin
Brand: Topps
Card number: 110

While 1992 was the first year where Topps strayed away from the drab cardboard look, it was 1993 where Topps truly embraced the "new wave" of baseball cards with a shinier stock clearly designed to compete with the flash and style of rival brands Fleer and Upper Deck. Personally, I find the '93 Topps set design to be rather uninspired - I especially don't like the yellow ribbon that holds Barry Larkin's name...yellow isn't a team color of the Reds...and it's difficult to read the white font which means the front of this card fails the "visual test" in my book.

The back of the card features full career stats (a staple of base Topps cards) which is nice, along with some basics like height and weight and small photo that differs from the photo on the front of the card. Overall, I find the back of the card to be much more visually appealing than the front of card.


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