Thursday, November 20, 2014

Barry Larkin Collection 314: 1993 Pinnacle Cooperstown - #26

Barry Larkin
Year:  1993
Brand:  Pinnacle Cooperstown
Card number:  26

The Pinnacle Cooperstown set was a 30 card set that highlighted possible future Hall of Famers.  With the benefit of hindsight, most of Pinnacle's choices for the set ended up being solid selections.  The full checklist (courtesy of Baseballcardpedia) is below:
1 Nolan Ryan
2 George Brett
3 Robin Yount
4 Carlton Fisk
5 Dale Murphy
6 Dennis Eckersley
7 Rickey Henderson
8 Ryne Sandberg
9 Ozzie Smith
10 Dave Winfield
11 Andre Dawson
12 Kirby Puckett
13 Wade Boggs
14 Don Mattingly
15 Barry Bonds
16 Will Clark
17 Cal Ripken, Jr.
18 Roger Clemens
19 Dwight Gooden
20 Tony Gwynn
21 Joe Carter
22 Ken Griffey, Jr.
23 Paul Molitor
24 Frank Thomas
25 Juan Gonzalez
26 Barry Larkin
27 Eddie Murray
28 Cecil Fielder
29 Roberto Alomar
30 Mark McGwire
As you can see, a bunch of Hall of Famers along with a bunch of guys that should be in the Hall had they not juiced so much...

The Barry Larkin card itself is quite nice.  A clean, simple design on the front showcases Barry hitting what I presume to be a double in the gap.  On the back you get a shot of Larkin fielding along with a short blurb about why Larkin had excellent Cooperstown potential back in 1993.

I'm not a huge fan of small sets like this (30 card sets seem more like insert sets to me) but I will admit that this particular design works.  I also like the player selection done by Pinnacle and I think that had they tried to stretch it to 40 or 50 players that set's theme would have suffered greatly.


Tony L. said...

That's a pretty sweet Larkin card.

Folks in Atlanta would take umbrage at you not singling Dale Murphy out from the "guys that should be in the Hall without juicing" group, though! :-)

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