Fun Cards: 1986 Donruss “The Rookies” Barry Larkin
Donruss created “The Rookies” boxed set in 1986, featuring some of the brightest young stars in baseball, including Bo Jackson, Jose Canseco, and Will Clark. The borders were green rather than the blue of the base set, but the scanned card appears more blue than green and I didn’t take the time to adjust it. Donruss missed a couple youngsters here and there, though, including Reds shortstop and future Hall of Famer Barry Larkin. Lark played in 41 games in 1986, hitting .283 with three homers and 19 RBI. The Reds were still deciding between him and Kurt Stillwell at the shortstop position; Larkin played three games at second base and 36 at short, while Stillwell played 80. For his first two big league seasons, Larkin wore uniform #15; once Stillwell was traded, Barry took #11 for himself.