Thursday, July 30, 2015

Photo Reuse - Topps and Panini

For several years now (this is my 4th post on this subject), I've documented where Topps has reused a photo from either a previous year or from a different Topps set. I guess this is standard operating procedure for Topps. Now that I'm through Allen and Ginter, I guess it's time to do this post.

2014 Topps Update #314 Corey Dickerson
2015 Topps #91 Corey Dickerson
Different cropping and an altered contrast do not make these different photos. Dickerson had 478 at bats with the Rockies, hitting .312 and 24 home runs. Surely they could have found another photo.

2015 Topps Highlight of the Year #1 Lou Gehrig

2013 Topps Allen & Ginter #75 Lou Gehrig
 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter #196 Lou Gehrig
 Getting their money's worth out of this picture. I'll agree that there are probably not as many good photos of Lou available as there are for a current player, but it's time to retire this photo.

2015 Topps Heritage #261 Mark Melancon
2015 Topps Gypsy Queen #212 Mark Melancon
His arms got hairier on Gypsy Queen.


2015 Donruss #102 Matt Shoemaker

Hey, Panini does it too!


2015 Panini Prizm Prizms #115 Matt Shoemaker
They fuzzed the background more and made it all shiny but these have the same photo.

2014 Topps Stickers #61 Danny Salazar
2014 Bowman Platinum #50 Danny Salazar
2014 Topps Chrome Purple Refractors #178 Danny Salazar
I seem to have missed this series of cards when I posted about this practice last year. The same image pops up again in 2015.

2015 Topps Archives #146 Danny Salazar
He seems to have been in enough games the past few years to get a new photo.

2014 Topps Update World Series Heroes Roberto Clemente
2015 Topps Archives #189 Roberto Clemente
Should we give Topps a break for players of long ago?  No.

2014 Topps Allen & Ginter #183 Jim Palmer

2015 Topps Archives #284 Jim Palmer
This one was pretty subtle.

2015 Topps #335 Matt Barnes
2015 Stadium Club #178 Matt Barnes
I was hoping not to see this with Stadium Club.

2015 Gypsy Queen #39 Lou Gehrig
2015 Stadium Club #186 Lou Gehrig
Dang, another one.

2015 Topps Archives #70 Jake Arrieta
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter #76 Jake Arrieta
2015 Topps Heritage #384 Jake Arrieta
 I think the Archives and the Allen and Ginter are exactly the same. He's moved his head a bit for the Heritage.

2015 Topps Heritage #144 Aaron Hill
2015 Topps Allen & Ginter #283 Aaron Hill
Aaron Hill asleep on his feet. I guess they couldn't get him to move a little for a second photo.

I thought I was done with this post, then I found this pair.

2015 Topps Allen & Ginter #239 Zach Britton

2015 Topps Heritage #6 Zach Britton
 Really, nothing against Zach Britton, but this photo is too creepy to be used even once.




Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Craig Biggio - Hall of Famer

Craig Biggio, who was one of my favorite players even before I moved to the Houston area in 1995, was inducted into the Hall of Fame last Sunday. He's not the first guy who played for the Astros to go into the Hall, but he is the first to go in as an Astro. I own 302 Biggio cards. Here's a selection of Biggio cards, one for each year he played.

1988 Fleer Update #89
1989 Upper Deck #273
1990 Topps Big #111
1991 Score #872
1992 Stadium Club #200
1993 SP #29
1994 Studio #17
1995 Emotion #136
1997 Finest Bronze #238
1997 Flair Showcase Row 1 #14
1998 UD3 #168
1999 Stadium Club #25
2000 Crown Royale Red #62
2001 Topps #250
2002 Topps 206 Relics
2003 Topps 205 #53
2004 Diamond Kings #125
2005 Zenith Museum Collection #116
2006 Bowman #196
2007 UD Masterpieces #80