Saturday, June 29, 2013

Barry Larkin Collection 192: 1995 Select Certified - #27

Barry Larkin
Year:  1995
Brand:  Select Certified
Card number:  27

This is one of the shiniest Barry Larkin cards that I own from 1995.  In fact, it's probably one of the shiniest Larkin cards I own period.  The Select Certified set was a high-end set for its time with a relatively low print run (only 56,000 and change were made of each base card).  There is also a full parallel set - called Mirror Gold but as of the time of my writing this post I don't own that card.

As for the card itself, it's kind of nice.  The front shows fingerprints too much for my liking but the back of the card is quite interesting.  Select went with the team-by-team statistical breakdown (ala Bowman of the early 90s) but did so in a much more colorful way.  Unfortunately, Larkin's statistics from the previous year weren't jaw dropping (only 9 home runs for instance) but it's still neat to see it broken down that way.  Of course, you couldn't do that today with all the interleague games on the schedule.

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