Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Barry Larkin Collection 67: 1995 Tombstone Pizza #25 of 30

Barry Larkin
Year:  1995
Brand:  Tombstone Pizza
Card number:  25 of 30

Depending on how you look at it, the mid-90s were either the absolute best or the absolute worst time to be a card collector.  On the one hand, there were a TON of different products and sets out there which resulted in a huge variety of cards.  On the other hand, because of the large number of sets available, collecting became a confusing, almost impossible, mess - especially if you were a player collector of a popular player (such as Larkin).

Amongst the aforementioned mess of sets was a group of unlicensed sets, mostly found in cereal boxes and the like.  This particular card was actually found in Tombstone Pizza packaging, I distinctly remember getting a couple of these cards as a kid (never a Larkin of course), maybe I even still have them floating around somewhere!

Anyhow, this particular Larkin card is actually pretty nice for a non-licensed card.  The front features a nice action shot of Larkin playing short stop along with the (goofy) Tombstone logo in the lower right-hand corner.  The back of the card features five years worth of career statistcs, a nice write-up, and a head shot of Larkin (with the logos airbrushed out) along with the player "vitals."

All in all, it's a fairly solid card - and I'm guessing a complete set of these cards would look pretty slick in a binder - certainly better than plenty of other "advertising" card sets from the 90s!

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