Friday, November 09, 2012

Barry Larkin Collection 146: 2003 Fleer Genuine #43

Barry Larkin
Year:  2003
Brand:  Fleer Genuine
Card number:  43

An interesting thing occurs (sometimes) when I scan the front and back of a card and then place the two images side-by-side.  In the case of the 2003 Fleer Genuine card of Larkin, I would say that the front AND the back of the card are satisfactory.  Neither is great, but neither is awful.  However, when you look at the image with the front and back side-to-side, you see an example of extreme laziness on the part of the card designer.  It's the same image, moved over to the right slightly.  Both the front and back suffer from a heavy use of textured imagery (why?).  Heck, both the front and back even have the bubbly letters SS for shortstop (again, why?).

In holding the card in my hand, I was prepared to say good things about it - but the scan made me feel otherwise.  Sometimes, the whole is greater than the sum of the pieces, and sometimes, well, the pieces are greater than the whole.


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