Barry Larkin Cards and Memorabilia Guide

Barry Larkin

Date of Birth: 4/28/1964
Rookie Card Year: 1987
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Even though Barry Larkin cards aren't going to make anyone rich, his election into baseball's Hall of Fame ensures his hobby legacy. The 1995 National League MVP, Larkin isn't your standard Cooperstown inductee. He hit over 30 home runs just once and failed to break the 100 RBI plateau. Yet his consistency, strong defense and speed made him a perennial spark for the Cincinnati Reds. A 12-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner, Larkin helped lead the Reds to a World Series Championship in 1990 versus the Oakland Athletics.

Barry Larkin's first card came in the 1986 Sportflics Rookies box set. It's perceived as being too obscure to be regarded as his true rookie card. As a result, Larkin's rookie cards are found in 1987 Donruss, 1987 Fleer and 1987 Topps Baseball. All three sets are hugely over-printed, keeping prices very low. Even professionally graded gem mint and pristine copies of these Barry Larkin cards are within reach for collectors on a tight budget.

From an investment perspective, the best rookie options are the 1987 Fleer Glossy and 1987 Topps Tiffany Barry Larkin cards. Better still are later Barry Larkin cards featuring a certified autograph. Although there are around 400 different autograph cards, not a lot pop up anymore. Autographed Barry Larkin memorabilia, particularly photos and baseballs, is also popular with collectors, although there's not a ton of it out there either. Because so many people have Hall of Fame autograph collections, interest in his signature is on the rise. Prices are bound to follow.

Barry Larkin Rookie Card Checklist

1987 Donruss Barry Larkin RC #492

A simple but attractive card, the black borders make this card somewhat tough to keep in top shape. However, the huge print run has ensured there's more than enough to go around, keeping prices low.

1987 Fleer Barry Larkin RC #204

The blue border doesn't mix well with Cincinnati's team colors. The result is a card that has a nice, albeit generic, photo but isn't able to hold it together. As far as 1987 baseball cards set go, Fleer has emerged as a favorite, but print runs smother any potential value gains. 1987 Fleer Glossy is tougher to find and slightly more valuable as it was only available in factory sets.

1987 Topps Barry Larkin RC #648

Collectors seem to either love or loath the wood-grain 1987 Topps Baseball design. As far as value goes, like Larkin's other rookie cards, raw versions can be found for a buck or two. The best option, however, is his 1987 Topps Tiffany card. Available only in factory sets, the upscale card is much more limited than any of the other 1987 Barry Larkin cards.

Top eBay Listings

2017 TOPPS DEFINITIVE BARRY LARKIN 4 COLOR JUMBO PATCH AUTO GREEN 10 REDS
$37.08

BARRY LARKIN 1989 BOWMAN TIFFANY #311 HALL Of FAMER PSA 1O ☆ IMMACULATE TIFFANY
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BARRY LARKIN ROOKIE RC 1986 SPORTFLICS ROOKIES #34 HOF PSA 10 ☆ GEM MINT BEAUTY
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2004 Skybox Autographics Prospects Endorsed Barry Larkin Kaz 500 Dual Jersey Bat
$15.00

2017 Topps Definitive Barry Larkin NL MVP Auto Autograph 4 5
$49.95

BARRY LARKIN ROOKIE LOT 23 ROOKIES +
$16.00

2015 Topps High Tek Autographs Red Orbit Diffractor #HTBL Barry Larkin 5 Reds
$29.80

BARRY LARKIN 2017 TOPPS DEFINITIVE DIAMOND TAG MLB LOGO PATCH 1 1 REDS
$113.51

1996 Team Pinnacle #4 Cal Ripken Jr. Barry Larkin PSA 10 GEM MINT
$14.26

1995 COLLECTOR'S CHOICE - BARRY LARKIN #200 SE GOLD SIGNATURE
$11.99

Barry Larkin Signed 2003 Topps - Beckett BAS
$37.00

50 Barry Larkin Reds Food Issue Cards etc Lot Issued 1979-1993 Closeout sale HOF
$19.95

1990 Bowman #50 Barry Larkin BGS 8.5 Cincinnati Reds Baseball Card
$15.00

1990 Bowman #50 Barry Larkin BGS 8.5 Cincinnati Reds Baseball Card
$15.00

2000 TOPPS HOME TEAM ADVANTAGE #85 BARRY LARKIN HOF POP 2 PSA 10 B2462699-547
$35.99

2013 Panini Prizm Barry Larkin Red Prizm PSA 10
$34.99
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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff. His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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