Parallel set: Gold parallel
Card number: 250
I have to admit, I never understood the appeal of the "original" Topps Gold parallels. Sure, the original Topps Gold (1992 Topps) was sort of novel...though unfortunately Topps completely bungled Larkin's Topps Gold version and never issued a correction. In 1993, Topps continued their Gold parallel set with an even uglier design...and that leads us to 1994. Still Topps Gold, still super ugly. The 1994 Larkin card is perhaps one of my least favorite base cards of Barry that Topps ever released. The front of the card features Larkin wearing sunglasses that make him look like he either belongs on Star Trek OR in a welder's shop. The back of the card features Larkin literally giving the photographer a big 'ol "F." We can only assume a "U" followed in the next frame.
And for me, well, let's say I won't be sad when we get to the part of my Larkin Collection where Topps Gold turns into a serially numbered parallel set. It's still not perfect, but it's a lot better than this pitiful attempt.