Sunday, April 19, 2015

Barry Larkin Collection 355: 1996 Fleer - #345

Barry Larkin
Year:  1996
Brand:  Fleer
Card number:  345

The 1996 Fleer set was printed on a matte-finished card stock which proved to be quite noticeable since most baseball cards in 1996 were full of flashy foil and shiny gloss!  That said, Fleer didn't quite go all the way retro with the design since they still used a healthy amount of foil for the words on the front of the card (which is too bad in my opinion).

As for the Larkin card itself, it's actually pretty nice!  The front features an action shot of Larkin lacing a double down the line (presumably) while the back shows Larkin smacking a home run (again, presumably).  I love the full career statistics - and the faded "Reds" behind the player name is something that I think I've forever overlooked until I went to sit down and write this particular post!  If the team logo had made it to the front of the card rather than the back - and if the card number wasn't at the bottom of the card (UGH!), this could have been a great set!  As it stands, it's still a decent effort - and it's a set that shouldn't be overlooked as much as it is (especially since there are three different Barry Larkin cards in the set!

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