Wednesday, September 22, 2010

1987 Topps Mike Schmidt - Batting Sequence

1987 Topps #430, 1987 Topps All-Star Glossy (22) #4,
1987 Topps All-Star Glossy (60) #28, 1987 Topps Baseball Highlights #8
This post is for Night Owl who recently pondered:  "[W]ith all the card lines that companies put out in the late 1990s and early 2000s, how often did they use the same photo sequence for multiple cards over multiple years? It had to happen a fair amount."

1987 KayBee
Superstars of Baseball #29

I know of at least one other occasion, as I've displayed above.  A fair amount of Topps cards for the Phillies in 1987 and 1988 feature players at-bat with a benchful of Montreal Expos in the background.  (Go check out your Phillies cards from '87 and '88 Topps.  I know everyone has at least a few thousand of these cards.)  These photos had to have been taken during a Spring Training game, as the sun is shining and the Expos played their regular season home games under the roof of Olympic Stadium.

UPDATE:  As I was putting away the four cards featured above, I found this fifth card.  This shot is very similar to the one featured on Schmidt's main '87 Topps card.


Anonymous said...

Wow that is awesome! I love that! That would be perfect to keep in a card after the other.

Far better than that group of '82 Topps Schmidt cards + sticker.

night owl said...

That makes sense. The late '80s was when the card companies were just starting to put out multiple issues. They probably didn't have a lot of photos to draw from, so they just rehashed the same series of shots.

Jim said...

This might not be a bad idea for a new Topps insert set. Instead of giving us the same picture on a series of inserts/parallels (I'm thinking about Generation Now, among others), why not give us a series of shots of a player's swing or a pitcher's wind up? For example, they could spread a series of shots of Chase Utley's swing over 10 different cards instead of giving us the same shot over and over again.