Barry Larkin Year: 1995 Brand: Topps Card number: 350
Another one of the "strange" Topps base set designs, the '95 set appears to have shiny crayon-drawn border around fairly nice photography. This particular Larkin card features a great photo of a catcher in action, unfortunately, the card is supposed to be showcasing Larkin! The back of the card features full career statistics as well as a large mug shot of Larkin (with the appearance of being on a scoreboard) along with little tiny photo of Larkin in the field...the tiny photo is completely swamped by all the larger things going on (mug shot, paragraph text, and career statistics). Although I actually don't care for most of the individual elements of the card, the entire design comes together surprisingly well. So surprising, in fact, that I actually like this particular Larkin card quite a bit!