Brand: Upper Deck Ultimate Victory
Card number: 87
*I have no idea if any of that is true, but that's how it appears. I never saw a pack of Ultimate Victory for sale in any retail store near me in 2000...and I remember Victory being a cheap set.
Anyhow, this particular Larkin card is part of the super shiny Ultimate Victory set. The front of the card features a bright blue border (which happens to clash terribly with the Reds red and black uniforms). There is an action shot of Larkin on the right and a small, close-up shot of Larkin's face in the lower left corner. The top left corner gives the player name, team, and position along with a foil version of the set name.
The backs of the card look exactly like the Victory backs (I believe - I don't have a copy of Larkin's 2000 Victory card handy...heck, I don't even know if I own one)! The back steals a page out of Topps' playbook and gives Larkin's career statistics along with a few vitals (height, weight, age, etc.).
All told, this set seems to be everything that I don't like in a set. Lazy design (much like my biggest beef with Topps Chrome) with extra shine does not equal an awesome set - at least not to me. And, apparently, a lot of people agreed with me since Upper Deck has long since discontinued the Ultimate Victory line.
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