Thursday, May 16, 2013

Barry Larkin Collection 186: 1989 Topps Mini Leaders - #11

Barry Larkin
Year:  1989
Brand:  Topps Mini Leaders
Card number:  11

In 1989, Topps released a 77 card set called Mini Leaders that featured (you guessed it) team leaders from the various MLB teams.  The Reds were well represented in the set (there are a total of eight Reds in the set counting Barry Larkin - namely:  Tom Browning, Kal Daniels, Eric Davis, John Franco, Danny Jackson, Jose Rijo, Chris Sabo, and of course, Barry Larkin).

The front of the card looks very similar to the flagship 1989 Topps set however the photo is different and the border is different.  However, the back of the Mini Leaders cards look nothing like the flagship!  In fact, Topps used a bright yellow back along with a color photo (perhaps to combat Upper Deck?).  The back also doesn't give full career statistics, a departure from the flagship set for sure.  And, of course, the cards are indeed mini sized (they measure 2 1/8" by 3").


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