Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Barry Larkin Collection 670: 2001 Upper Deck Evolution - #86

Barry Larkin
Year:  2001
Brand:  Upper Deck Evolution
Card number:  86

The Upper Deck Evolution set is definitely a set that has no real purpose.  Actually, that's not 100% accurate.  The purpose of the set was to highlight Upper Deck's upperdeckdigital.com website - but that site went offline within a year of the release of this set so basically this set has no purpose.

The design elements in play here are standard Upper Deck fare (and I don't mean that in a good way).  You've got too much unnecessary foil on the card front making reading the player name difficult.  You've got a boring front image - and then a copy of the same image on the backside of the card.  You've got abbreviated career statistics and finally, you've got a fairly pedestrian write-up.  All things told, there's not much to like about this set in either its design or execution (in the 120 card set, the last 30 cards are all serially numbered out of 2250).

The one bit of good news (for Larkin collectors at least) is that Barry only shows up once in the base set and not at all in any of the insert sets.  Thus, I can at least say I have this set 100% done as far as what I need/want from it!


Defenders50 said...

I got one of these cards as a kid and when I went back through my collection last year I had the hardest time figuring out what in the world it was. Weird set that really encapsulates its time period.

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