Saturday, September 22, 2012

Barry Larkin Collection 142: 2011 Topps: Kimball Champions Insert #79

Barry Larkin
Year:  2011
Brand:  Topps
Insert set:  Kimball Champions
Card number:  KC-79

For the most part, Barry Larkin's career took part before the mini craze hit the baseball card world.  As such, I don't own many Barry Larkin cards that are small in stature!  However, given how beautiful this particular card is, I wouldn't mind it if Topps released a few more mini Larkins over the next few years!  The front of the card has a nice posed shot of Larkin at the top of the card with a "watercolor-esque" image of Larkin turning a double play at the bottom of the card.  It's a little weird that Larkin is described as a "Champion Base Ball Fielder" on the card (as opposed to shortstop) but even so it's a nice looking front of a card.  The back, however, leaves a lot to be desired since it's only a checklist (and only of the cards from Series 2 which makes it even worse).  Despite the blah back, I still like this card quite a bit - mostly for the variety that it adds when placed in my Barry Larkin binder!

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