Brand: Topps 206
Card number: TR-BL
For the 250th Barry Larkin card to be added to my online collection, I figured I should showcase one of my Larkin "hits." I don't actually own all that many hits of Barry (most of his playing career was completed before the "bits of fabric" rage really hit baseball card sets), however of the hits that I do own this happens to be one of my favorites! I love the old time look of the card - and the clean design of the frame. I also love the fact that there is a red pin stripe in the bit of jersey material - it makes for a much, much more interesting card than a plan white swatch. Even better, the bit of cloth looks like it could be from the exact jersey that Barry is wearing in the photo.
The downside to the vast majority of relic cards like this is the complete absence of an interesting card back. Besides the typical legalese, there's not much to look at (unless you like ugly foil stickers). At least the upper part of the back of the card looks nice - and is easy enough to read (even if I hate the fact that Topps used letters rather than numbers for the card "number").