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Friday, October, 12, 2018

Random Card Exhibit VI

Take me out to the ballgame.  This is the first baseball card selected for my random card from my collection posts.  Not bad to start off with a Hall of Famer.

2018 Donruss #91 Barry Larkin Front

2018 Donruss #91

I pulled this card of Barry Larkin from a hobby box of 2018 Donruss.  Topps is the only company that currently has an MLB license, so the Donruss brand released by Panini is not allowed to have team names or logos.  These types of unlicensed cards either airbrush them away, or use some photographic trickery to hide them.

I normally don’t care to collect unlicensed cards, but the Donruss brand has been around a long time in the hobby, especially when it comes to baseball cards.  Because this brand has such a history, I make an exception for my collection.  Also, they are still allowed to use the player names and city names so even though this card doesn’t say “Reds”, any baseball fan knows what team Cincinnati is.

I also really like all the fun insert sets that Donruss includes in their packs.  Opening a box of Donruss is always an enjoyable experience, and I always feel like I get my money’s worth.  So regardless of the team names and logos, I look forward to opening these cards each season.

I saw a lot of Barry Larkin when I was a child, and he was a premier shortstop for most of my youth.  He was a 12 time All Star, won multiple Gold Gloves, took home the 1995 NL MVP, and found himself in the Hall of Fame in 2012.  Another reason why I enjoy the Donruss releases, is that they often include a lot of legendary players like Larkin in their checklists.

My two favorite sports, and the two sports I collect trading cards of, are basketball and baseball.  While I am a huge baseball fan, basketball does still edge it out as my favorite sport.  So in “relation” to this, I wanted to also note that Barry Larkin’s son, Shane Larkin, recently played in the NBA until he signed with the EuroLeague a few months ago.  While he was in the NBA, he suited up for the Mavericks, Knicks, Nets, and the Celtics.



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