Fun Cards: 1988 Topps All-Star Barry Larkin
In the era of free agency, it is rare to find a player remain with the same team for his entire career, but there are a few Hall of Famers that refused to desert their devoted fans. Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Jim Rice, Tony Gwynn, and Cal Ripken are a few of the lifers in the Hall. Chipper Jones, Mariano Rivera, and Derek Jeter will join them in future elections. And, of course, there is the Cincinnati-born Barry Larkin, who was one of three shortstops on the 1988 National League All-Star roster.
Yesterday, we featured Shawon Dunston, the hard-throwing shortstop of the Cubs. Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith (who was not a lifer) was featured in the actual 1988 Topps set. But Barry Larkin was forced to wait until 1991 to make his All-Star cardboard debut.
As I said last week, I would love to see Topps actually do this next year, either as an insert set or in Archives. Give every 1988 All-Star a 1988 All-Star card. I have two more lined up this week, and am trying to track down usable “mugshots” for more. If you have any suggestions, I’m all ears.