Monday, January 11, 2021

HOF Barry Larkin

Barry Larkin was voted into the Hall of Fame on his third ballot in 2012 with 86.4%. His first two years were 51% and 62%, respectively. He was the only person voted into the Hall of Fame that year. 

Larkin was a career Cincinnati Reds shortstop, though he appeared at a DH in three total games 1997 and 2000. He also played second base in three games. 19 year years with that team. Wonderful! 

Larkin was a 12 time All-Star, an MVP (1995), won the World Series in 1990, and won a number of Gold Gloves and Silver Slugger awards. 

At the end of the 2004 season, Larkin was granted free agency and retired. He worked for the Nationals and ESPN as a baseball analyst from 2011 to 2014. That was the heydey of the program for me as I loved him on the program (and Kruk as well). 

The below is Larkin's last Topps card in 2004. Love the full body shot, nicely framed in the card with an line-drawn outline mirroring Larkin in the bottom left. The front of the card seems rather...busy? Even though it really actually isn't.


  1. Maybe it's just me, or maybe because we are living in the golden age of shortstop, but I feel Larkin was a highly underrated player. How many HOFers can you say that about?

  2. That's just a great looking card. 2004, man, we're a long way from that with cards.

  3. I like that he was a Red his whole career.

  4. Topps dropped the ball by not producing a sunset card for Larkin in 2005... especially since Upper Deck, Fleer, and Donruss did. That being said... maybe they looked at that beautiful 2004 card of his and said... no way we can improve on that. I love how Larkin blends in with the crowd... and I'm a huge fan of the 2004 flagship design.

  5. I always forget that he's a HOFer, but of course too I never really saw him play much, so that might have to little something to do with it.