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Barry Larkin Collection 905: 1993 Donruss - #3 - Previews

Barry Larkin
Brand:  Donruss
Insert set:  Preview
Card number:  3

The 90s were the prime era for "preview" or "sample" cards that you could find in assorted baseball card magazines or as giveaways in card shops.  In 1993, Donruss took things a step further and actually mailed each person on their mailing list one of the preview cards (the preview "set" has a total of 22 different cards).  

I actually like this preview card quite a lot for a number of reasons.  First, the photo on the front is unique.  Second, it's a proper preview "set" in that the card number is different than Larkin's regular 1993 Donruss card.  And third, the image on the preview card is actually different than Larkin's regular base card (see here) from 1993 Donruss.  I have to say, Donruss should have used the image on the preview card for Larkin's "real" base card as it's much better than the dark and boring image that they chose instead!

For my money, this is an example of a preview or sample card/set done correctly.  Kudos to Donruss!


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