Wednesday, August 27, 2014

1992 Topps Gene Larkin World Series Highlights

This card was recently featured in my Completing the 1992 Topps Set blog. For some reason, Topps and all the other card makers in 1992 didn't feature any highlight cards from the 1991 Playoffs and World Series. Topps did make some in their 1992 Topps Stadium Club Dome set, but it wasn't widely distributed.
Gene Larkin did what most kids dream about, and had a game-winning hit in Game 7 of the World Series. Not only that, but his hit was in the bottom of the 10th. It's weird when you compare it to other walkoff World Series hits. Most people remember that Luis Gonzalez had the Series-winning hit in 2001, but not that Jay Bell scored the winning run. Most people remember that Craig Counsell scored the Series-winning run in 1997, but also remember that Edgar Renteria had the winning hit. On Larkin's hit, however, I think most people remember that Dan Gladden scored the winning run and picture him and Jack Morris at the plate, but few people outside of Minnesota seem to remember that Larkin had the hit. Here is what his 1992 Topps World Series Highlight card may have looked like.

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