Monday, April 29, 2013

Barry Larkin Collection 177: 1993 Colla Collection Diamondmarks - #27

Barry Larkin
Year:  1993
Brand:  Colla Collection Diamondmarks
Card number:  27

The Diamondmark card is one of the oddball Larkin cards in my collection.  I acquired this card off of Listia - and in my original post about the card blog reader Mark helped me learn a bit more about the set:
While they look like baseball cards and were sold in foil packs like baseball cards, DaimondMarks were licensed as book marks. Issued by Barry Colla Productions, the 2-1/2" x 5" cards feature Barry Colla’s trademark high-quality player photos on front and back. The UV-coated fronts feature black borders with the player’s name in white above the photo and a color team logo beneath. Backs, also bordered in black, feature two color player photos in an open book design. There is a portrait photo on the left and a head-and-shoulders reproduction of the front photo at right. A bookmark with team logo is incorporated in the design. The 120-card set is unnumbered and is arranged in the checklist below alphabetically within league and team.
The card itself basically looks like a bookmark (which is how they got around calling it a baseball card I suppose).  It's about an inch and a half taller than a regular card and exactly the same width as a regular card.  The card is unnumbered but the card is considered to be card #27 in the set.  The black border looks pretty sharp on the front of the "card" but the back is too unimaginative for my taste.  Even so, it's fun to track down various oddballs so this is an amusing addition to my Larkin Collection for sure!

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