Monday, March 16, 2015

Barry Larkin Collection 345: 1995 Leaf - #9 - Great Gloves Insert

Barry Larkin
Year:  1995
Brand:  Leaf
Insert set:  Great Gloves
Card number:  9

The Leaf brand was always a bit of a mystery to me growing up since my local CVS (where I bought the majority of my baseball cards) never seemed to carry Leaf packs.  Either that or the Leaf packs were too expensive for my exceedingly modest allowance-fueled budget at the time.  Happily, I can now say that I own both the 1995 Leaf Barry Larkin base card and this card which I believe are the only two Barry Larkin cards in the set!  It feels great to have a set done - especially a mid-90s set that I didn't actually collect as a kid!

Anyhow, I have to say that I like this insert card quite a bit!  The Great Gloves theme is pretty cool for a player like Larkin - and the card design fits the theme wonderfully.  If I could make one change to the design it would be to get rid of the gigantic "Great Gloves" watermark on the front and back.  Otherwise, it's a wonderful piece of cardboard for my Barry Larkin Collection!

As for the insert set, according to Baseballcardpedia, the Great Gloves were seeded 1:2 series 2 packs (hobby or retail).  I probably would have landed this card many, many years ago had Leaf been available at my local drugstore...but alas, sometimes good things comes to those who wait!


Dennis said...

Hey, I have that one too! I tend to enjoy the glove/defense-themed sets myself so I picked it up. Looks like card #350 should be coming up soon, maybe this month?

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