Monday, January 12, 2015

Barry Larkin Collection 328: 1994 Donruss - #45 - Special Edition Parallel

Barry Larkin
Year:  1994
Brand:  Donruss
Parallel set:  Special Edition
Card number:  45

The 1994 Donruss set was supposed to be Donruss' answer to sets like Stadium Club and Fleer Ultra.  Much like those sets, Donruss included a parallel set in order to add even more so-called value to the packs.  In this case, the Special Edition parallels were seeded 1 per pack which means they weren't tough to find (though good luck finding the exact player you are looking for)!  As with most parallels, the card features the exact same images as the original 1994 Donruss base card.  The only difference is the inclusion of large chunks of foil (mostly on the front of the card but a little foil shows up on the back as well).

I actually think this parallel is quite a bit worse than the regular 'ol base card (which I like quite a bit).  The overuse of foil is a deal breaker for me in most sets (except maybe some of Pacific's stuff).  The worst offense though is the foil-ing of the card number on the back.  All that does is make the card number extra difficult to read at a glance - a big no-no for set collectors!!

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