While players like Eric Davis, Chris Sabo, "The Nasty Boys," and others got all the headlines, Barry Larkin was a key player for the 1990 Reds team that shocked the world by beating a powerful Oakland Athletics team in four games. In that series, he hit .353 (6 for 17), scored three times, and stole four bases.
During his 1995 MVP season, where he led the Reds to the NLCS, he hit .319, 15 HR's, 66 RBI's, won both the Gold Glove and the Silver Slugger for the SS position. What a year indeed.
As another player who spent his entire career with one team, he has a very good shot at Cooperstown when he is among the candidates for next year's HOF ballot. For this, and more, we are going to add this future Hall-of-Famer to the 2011 Topps Archives set.
And because the Bay Rat commented that "You gotta go with Mr. Reds in the 90's - Barry Larkin. 1989 Topps Big design of course." This one special request goes out to you:
We need 197 more players to complete this set, and we have not yet even considered highlights, record breakers, managers, league leaders, and other essentials to tie this set together. We have all year, I'm sure we can pull this off.