Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Barry Larkin Collection 271: 1992 Topps - #465 - Topps Gold Parallel (Uncorrected Error)

Barry Larkin
Year:  1992
Brand:  Topps
Parallel set:  Topps Gold
Card number:  465

In 1992, Topps introduced the world to the idea of a full-fledged parallel set.  Whether you love or hate parallels now, it has to be said that the idea of Topps Gold was novel back in 1992 (and pulling one of the Topps Gold cards felt special at the time)!  The current Topps Gold parallel set began here as well, though you'll notice there was no serially numbering going on back in 1992.

As for the Larkin card in particular, it's basically an exact copy of the regular Larkin card from 1992 except for gold foil at the bottom of the front where the player name and team ribbons are.  An eagle-eyed viewer may notice an error made by Topps here - they mistakenly said that Larkin plays for the Astros rather than the Reds!

The only change on the back of the card is the large Topps Gold logo that is lurking in the background of the card behind the career statistics.  Personally, I like that Topps did that so that when you are sorting cards (and only looking at the back of the cards), you can easily pull out any Topps Gold parallels that you may have in the midst of your regular base cards!  I also have to give another shout out to the photo of the stadium at the bottom of 1992 Topps cards - easily one of my most favorite features on any baseball card when I was a kid!

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