Sunday, April 27, 2014

Barry Larkin Collection 270: 1998 Fleer Sports Illustrated Then and Now - #105

Barry Larkin
Year:  1998
Brand:  Fleer Sports Illustrated Then and Now
Card number:  105

Despite the long set name, this is not an insert card.  In fact, Fleer teamed up with Sports Illustrated and created three different sets in 1998.  The Then and Now set featured 150 base cards with a mix of retired and current players populating the checklist.  As for the Larkin card itself, it's quite nice.  The card is printed on a thicker than usual card stock (which I like) and features full bleed photography on the front.  The photo is a nice action shot of Larkin sliding into the base - but it is a bit weird that there isn't a single other player to be found in the background.

The back of the card is interesting in that Fleer had three different legends rate Barry Larkin.  Harmon Killebrew rated Larkin average for power, Lou Brock said Larkin was above average for speed, and Brooks Robinson granted Larkin the highest possible rating of excellent for fielding.  All things considered, I think the legends were all correct!


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