Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Barry Larkin Collection 198: 1995 Topps Bazooka - RH-8 - Red Hot Insert

Barry Larkin
Year:  1995
Brand:  Bazooka
Insert set:  Red Hot
Card number:  RH-8

The 1995 Topps Bazooka set was a no-frills set with a 132-card basic checklist (you can find Larkin's base card here).  In addition, there was a single insert set called "Red Hot" which consisted of 22 different players, one of which was Barry Larkin.  Looking at the base card, the Red Hot set appears to be nothing other than a parallel set since the only change of note on the front of the card is a reddish tint to the image.  However, things do change on the back - namely, the game bullseye.  On the original base card, Larkin's chances of getting a hit (or a specific hit such as a home run) are greatly reduced as compared to the Red Hot inset card.  It's a good use of inserts to create "hot" players - but without rules on the cards that actual method of play eludes me today.

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