Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Barry Larkin Collection 268: 2006 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts - #65

Barry Larkin
Year:  2006
Brand:  Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts
Card number:  65

While the set name certainly doesn't roll off of one's tongue, the actual card design is quite palatable.  The regular SP Legendary Cuts checklist consisted of 100 players, all of whom were retired in 2006.  The front design features a fairly fancy motif along with a sunburst design in the background.  You can't tell from the card scan but the border around the name plate is actually gold foil (something that I usually don't care for but it makes this card seem a bit higher class so I'll let it slide).  The back of the card isn't nearly as fancy, though it does have a nice write-up of Larkin's career (including a single line of his career statistics).  If I could change one thing it would be that Upper Deck used the Reds' running man logo (or at least a more colorful logo) than the boring black and white "C" logo.  It's a minor nitpick though - this is a nice lookin' card!

For completion's sake, there are seven other Barry Larkin cards in the 2006 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts set (courtesy of the full checklist on Upper Deck's website).  They are:

2006 LM-BL Barry Larkin Reds Legendary Materials                 225
2006 LM-BL Barry Larkin Reds Legendary Materials Parallel 1 199
2006 LM-BL Barry Larkin Reds Legendary Materials Parallel 2 99
2006 LM-BL Barry Larkin Reds Legendary Materials Parallel 3 15
2006 MM-BL Barry Larkin Reds Memorable Moments Swatch 225
2006 PH-BL Barry Larkin Reds Place In History Signatures 55
2006 MM-BL Barry Larkin Reds Memorable Moments Auto 50

The number at the end of each row is how many cards of that particular type that Upper Deck produced.  Looking at a list like this makes me extremely happy that Larkin retired back in 2004 (and therefore his playing career mostly missed the parallel craze of the late 2000s)!  For the record, as of the time I'm writing this post I don't own any of the other seven Barry Larkin cards from the '06 SP Legendary Cuts set.

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