Brand: Upper Deck Collector's Choice
Card number: 80
Over the years, I've made it no secret that I am a lover of almost every edition of Upper Deck's kid-focused Collector's Choice line of cards. In fact, my hobby revival can probably be credited in a fairly big way to Collector's Choice - I discovered a box of the stuff cheap years later and bought it on a whim. The rest, as they say, is history.
In terms of this particular Barry Larkin card, what can I say? I love it! The borderless design was reserved only for stars in the set - and since Larkin was coming off of an All-Star season in 1996, the borderless design was fitting for him. The front image on the card is also nice - I don't have many (any?) others with Larkin showing that sort of emotion. Well, either that or he is ooing and ahhhing over some hot lady over in row 12. Either way, it's a unique photo.
The back of the card features a much more standard shot of Larkin fielding but that's alright since you also get full career statistics (yay!) plus a trivia question that goes with the team (though not the player). Finish that off with a team specific color scheme and you have a winning product on your hands, whether designed for kids or not. I love it!
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