Friday, February 10, 2012

Barry Larkin Collection 118: 1997 Leaf - 8 of 15 - Leagues of the Nation Insert #0415/2500

Paul Molitor & Barry Larkin
Year:  1997
Brand:  Leaf
Card number:  8 of 15
Insert Set:  Leagues of the Nation

The Leagues of the Nation cards are quite interesting.  One side features an American League star while the other side features a National League star.  The little round bits between the ribbon are all die-cut out of the card and the red and blue ribbons are actually felt.  To top it off, the card is numbered out of 2500.

Despite all the gimmickry, the card is actually quite nice!  I wish Larkin was on the front rather than the back of the card, but otherwise I can't really complain.  I don't know why Leaf decided to put the date of 8/29/97 on the card though.  In that game, the Reds beat the Twins by a score of 5-3.  Larkin served as the DH that day and went 0-4 with a run.  He was taken out for a pinch runner late in the game.  Molitor fared slightly better going 1-3 with an RBI.  He also served as the DH that day.  Certainly a weird match-up to highlight though perhaps Leaf made up the dates before the actual games were played (since this was a '97 set after all).  At least it would make more sense that way - but only marginally.


The Lost Collector said...

When these came out in 1997, they were a pretty big deal. They felt rare because of the numbering, and it celebrated the first year of Interleague play. I remember spending like $20 on the Tino Martinez/Scott Rolen from this set...that was a lot of money for me to pay at the time being 13 years old.

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