Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Barry Larkin Collection 452: 1995 Topps Stadium Club - #35 - Super Team Division Winner parallel

Barry Larkin
Year:  1995
Brand:  Topps Stadium Club
Parallel set:  Super Team Division Winner
Card number:  35

In 1994, Topps issued a "super team" promotion in which you wanted to collect the cards of the various division winners (and World Series winner).  Rather than me trying to explain it, I'll let baseballcardpedia take over:
Because of the strike-interrupted season, the 1994 Stadium Club Super Team insert program was postponed to 1995. Collectors who held and redeemed the 1994 Atlanta Braves Super Team card received: 1) a complete 630-card 1995 Stadium Club factory set in which all cards were stamped with a special gold foil World Series logo (of which was mailed in two separate series of 585 and 45 cards), 2) a "Division Winner" Braves team set along with their winning Super Team card stamped "redeemed" on its back, and 3) a jumbo-sized (3" by 5") parallel Master Photo Braves team set.
Collectors who redeemed the 1994 Super Team card of the 1995 World Series losing Cleveland Indians got a special parallel Indians Division Winner team set, their Indians Super Team card stamped with "redeemed" on its back, and a Master Photo team set. Collectors who redeemed the 1994 Super Team card of any of the other 1995 division winners (Dodgers, Mariners, Red Sox and Reds) received a Division Winner parallel team set of the respective team that they sent in, as well as their Super Team card stamped "redeemed" on its back. All of these winner cards parallel the 1995 Stadium Club base set.
By extrapolation, approximately 20,000 copies of each team card were produced, therefore less than 20,000 stamped cards were made as it's doubtful that all of the winning team cards were redeemed.
So basically, someone (not me) turned in the Reds' Super Team card and received this Barry Larkin card.   According to Wikipedia, it's not the rarest parallel out there (20,000 copies could theoretically exist) but it would seem to me that it's still a fairly tough find.  Either way, I'm happy to have the card - it's one less Larkin parallel for me to chase down!

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