Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Barry Larkin Collection 202: 1990 Donruss Baseball's Best (National League) - #52

Barry Larkin
Year:  1990
Brand:  Donruss Baseball's Best (National League)
Card number:  52

In 1990, Donruss released a pair of Baseball's Best sets - one consisting of American League players while the other consisted of only National League players.  Since Barry played for the Reds (who are a National League team) you could only find this card in the National League box set.

The design of the front of the card is a direct copy of the Donruss flagship effort from 1990 except the red border has been swapped for a blue border in the Baseball's Best set.  Unfortunately, while the red border of the flagship set worked for a Larkin card, the blue border looks hideous when framing a Cincinnati Reds player.

The back of the card is yellow (for reasons unknown to me).  The full career statistics are a nice change as compared to Donruss' usual five year statistical nonsense.  That said, there's still way too much white space on the back of the card.  As it stands, the set (and this card in particular) feel like a rushed product.  Perhaps Donruss should have spent more time designing one good set as opposed to cranking out multiple versions of the same old crap...

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