Subset: Star Power
Card number: 6
The 1996 Topps set begins with the Star Power subset - probably Topps' way of overloading the rather small set (only 440 cards) with lots and lots of star power. The subset certainly feels very mid-90s...and I'm not sure that is a good thing! There's no shortage of stars on the card (front or back) but all it does is make the card look like it was designed by a 14-year-old playing around with Photoshop for the first time.
In terms of this particular Barry Larkin card, I do like the front image alright but the photo on the back seems a bit dark (perhaps the stars weren't shining bright enough). The monthly breakdown of statistics is actually a nice change of pace since Larkin's regular 1996 Topps base card has his full career statistics. And, speaking of that base card, this Star Power card is most definitely head and shoulders above the pitiful base card!
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