Saturday, March 29, 2014

Barry Larkin Collection 251: 1997 Donruss Preferred - #185 - National Treasures Subset

Barry Larkin
Year:  1997
Brand:  Donruss Preferred
Subset:  National Treasures
Card number:  185

The 1997 Donruss Preferred set was somewhat confusing for the average collector.  The full set consisted of 200 cards - 100 of which were bronze and were considered commons.  There were 60 silver cards (which were seeded 1:3 packs), 30 gold cards (seeded 1:12 packs), and 10 platinum (seeded 1:48 packs).  Barry's National Treasures subset card happens to be one of the silver cards in the set (Larkin also has a base card in the set - #109 which is one of the rarer gold cards).

Although you can't exactly tell from the scan, the front of the Larkin card is super shiny (and silver of course).  There is just enough of a hint of a treasury type design to make the National Treasures subset come together.  The design on the back is also somewhat reminiscent of a dollar bill design which helps to solidify the theme even more.  The biggest design flaw with the card is the three large logos on the back of the card - Donruss should have shrunk those down and put either more statistics on the back or a small written blurb for the player.  Otherwise, this is a fairly unique card design - and a nice addition to my Barry Larkin Collection!


Hackenbush said...

Nice portrait.

Joe Frecker said...

This reminds me of an item I saw at a card show recently. It was a new crisp one dollar bill with Barry Larkin in the center rather than George Washington. When I looked closely at it, its just a paper portrait glued on top, but It was nicely done with the oval matching perfectly and the color was a perfect black and white with green hue. The punch line is that they were selling $1 bills for $5. I passed. It was not a baseball card.

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