Sunday, March 22, 2015

Barry Larkin Collection 347: 1995 Upper Deck SP Championship Series - #36

Barry Larkin
Year:  1995
Brand:  Upper Deck SP Championship Series
Card number:  36

While you could be forgiven for thinking that this card is a parallel, it's actually part of a mostly unknown (to me anyhow) set called Upper Deck Sp Championship Series.  The SP Championship series set was designed to be the retail counterpart to Upper Deck's popular hobby SP line.  I don't think it worked out though since I bought exclusively retail stuff back in the mid-90s and I don't ever recall seeing any Championship Series packs available for purchase.

In a way that's too bad because the card itself is quite nice.  I like the photo on the front - a leaping Larkin about to rob a hit from someone always makes for a good image!  The back is also decent even though Upper Deck consistently refuses to put full career statistics on the back of their baseball cards.  The one big change that I would make to the card design would be to eliminate the foil ovals on the front - they scan poorly and look terrible in hand...  Completely unnecessary foil!

According to baseballcardpedia, there is also a full parallel set in which the cards are die-cut.  Unfortunately for my collection, as of the time I am writing this post I do not own the die-cut version of the card.


Joe Frecker said...

This is why I love following your blog. This card is really cool in many ways. One is that its missing from my collection, two is that sweet picture on the front, and three is the fact on the back. I never know that Larkin has homered in all NL parks. Interesting!

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