Thursday, September 24, 2015

Barry Larkin Collection 396: 1996 Topps - #6 - Power Booster Parallel

Barry Larkin
Year:  1996
Brand:  Topps
Parallel set:  Power Booster
Card number:  6

In 1996, Topps released a parallel version of 25 of the first 26 cards in Topps Series 1 (card #7 was reserved for Mickey Mantle and it does not have a parallel version).  The Power Booster parallel cards (cards #1 - 12 excluding #7) were only available in hobby packs while the remaining Power Booster parallels were only available in retail packs.

Like most parallels, Larkin's Power Booster parallel closely resembles his regular Star Power subset card except for the fact that the parallel is printed on much heavier stock and is much, much shinier!  I should note that if Topps had used the thicker card stock (and shinier design) for all of its 1996 base set, I think that set would have been much, much more popular today!  Since that didn't happen, I'm happy that Larkin got to be part of the parallel set (especially since I now own this card) - it's a great addition to my collection for sure!

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