Topps Barry Larkin Cards Document a Hall of Fame Career

Topps Barry Larkin Cards Document a Hall of Fame Career

One of the greatest shortstops to play the game, Barry Larkin is officially a member of the Hall of Fame. One of the few modern players to stick with one team, Larkin was the face of the Cincinnati Reds for most of his 19 years in the majors. While Barry Larkin cards may not reach the heights of many of his peers, they still help tell the story of a Hall of Fame career.

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Larkin's accolades are impressive. Besides helping the Reds to the 1990 World Series, he was the 1995 National League MVP, a 12-time All-Star, nine-time Silver Slugger winner, and the recipient of three Gold Gloves.

Larkin had pop, especially among his peers at shortstop, but he finished with 30 or more home runs just once with a career-high 33 in 1996. His 20 homers in 1991 was his second highest total. Larkin was remarkably consistent at the plate, though. With only a couple of exceptions, he could be counted on for hitting around .300. This didn't sway much in either direction. Larkin finished his career with a .295 average.

The first Barry Larkin cards were found in 1986 Sportflics Update. The box set isn't seen as his rookie though. Those can be found in 1987 sets. Not surprisingly, they can be found regularly for a dollar or two because of the massive print runs. The best of the early Barry Larkin cards is his 1987 Topps Tiffany. A premium version of the regular 1987 Topps Barry Larkin rookie card, it was offered only in factory set form with a much lower print run.

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As a fan favorite, Larkin does have lots of scarce inserts from the mid- to late-90s that are worth tracking down. His signature is also somewhat rare in the hobby, which could be the best place to invest in Barry Larkin cards.

A Career Run of Topps Barry Larkin Cards

Below is a full run of Barry Larkin cards from Topps. They cover his playing days and include only his base Topps cards.

What is your favorite Barry Larkin Topps card?

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CAL RIPKEN JR. BARRY LARKIN 1996 Pinnacle Team Pinnacle #4
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50x 1990 Star Company Co. Bo Jackson Barry Larkin 11-Card Sealed Card Sets *JMQ
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33x 1990 Star Company Co. Bo Jackson Barry Larkin 11-Card Sealed Card Sets *JMQ
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Cincinnati Reds 370 CARD LOT 1975-later! 18 AUTOGRAPHS! Barry Larkin ROOKIE
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1990 Star Gold, #98 Barry Larkin HOF, Reds, PSA 10 Gem
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1995 Score, #254 Barry Larkin HOF, Reds, PSA 10 Gem
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Barry Larkin Massive Lot (250) Inserts Premiums RC Parallels REDS
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Lot of (10) 1987 Topps #648 Barry Larkin *A7
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Lot Of (5) 1987 Donruss Baseball Cards, Greg Maddux Rookie, Barry Larkin Rookie
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2011 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Barry Larkin Black Framed Game Used Jersey Reds
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Ron Darling Andy Van Slyke Barry Larkin Psa 9 And 10 Rookie Card Lot
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