Thursday, January 26, 2017

Barry Larkin Collection 501: 1999 Fleer Mystique - #41

Barry Larkin
Year:  1999
Brand:  Fleer Mystique
Card number:  41

The 1999 Fleer Mystique set is quite nice - and it's an interesting experience to open a pack (or box) of the stuff because you have to peel off a shiny blue "sticker" off of one short-printed card in every pack.  For more information on that, see this post I did a number of years ago.

Luckily for Barry Larkin collectors, his card is not a short print in the 1999 Fleer Mystique set.  Unfortunately for those collectors, Larkin is part of the 100 card gold partial parallel set - a set that you can expect to only get three gold parallels per box (gold parallels are distinguished by a gold foil under the name plate and the team logo).  There is a also a one-of-one Masterpiece parallel...but the less said about one-of-one parallels in general, the better.

Returning to the card in question, I like the design quite a bit.  I love the team logo (especially the use of the Reds' running man logo).  There is enough foil on the card to make it seem special, but not so much to be too distracting for me which is also appreciated.  The back of the card is a bit simplistic, but even that isn't too bad (certainly not for the era of cards that was the late 90s)!

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