2012 Heritage: Meet the new Gio, same as the old Gio

Here’s something I’d noticed while updating my team binders… This is Gio Gonzalez photoshopped into his new Nationals uniform…

…and here’s Gio Gonzalez from last year’s Heritage set.  Hmmm… Something about this photo seems strangely… familiar.

The odd thing is that on closer examination, it appears that they are two different photos.   Look at the railings behind Gio’s cap, they don’t match between the two.  It’s possible that they just took the image of Gio, separated it from the background and adjusted it slightly so it looks like a different photo, but that seems like it would be more trouble than it’s worth.  I want to say his expression is ever-so-slightly different in the two, but that might be just my mind playing tricks on me.

What’s really funny is that the black and white photo on this year’s card is almost the same pose as the other two.  Topps obviously bought their Gio Gonzalez photos in bulk from Costco.

3 thoughts on “2012 Heritage: Meet the new Gio, same as the old Gio

  1. It’s the same photo. It’s just cropped a little differently, which is why the railing look a little different.

    • …I’m not so sure… The railings intersect at different points relative to his head. If it’s the same photo, they separated his image from the background and moved it slightly. Seems like a lot of trouble to make an almost imperceptible difference.
      But they did sweat the details enough to change his glove laces from green to red, so maybe they did intentionally make minor changes to make it look different.

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