Doppelgangers? ….Maybe….

A couple of years ago I had a short series of posts about what I called Doppelgangers, which are pairs of cards which were from different manufacturers but showed the same moment from slightly different angles.  For those of you who don’t want to click on links, here’s my favorite example:  The Geronimo Pena cards from 1994 Topps and Upper Deck Collector’s Choice:

The Dodger underneath Geronimo Pena is Brett Butler.  These two cards feature photos that were clearly taken by different photographers at the same moment.

The pairs I’m featuring today appear to be from the same play, but aren’t from the same moment and could conceivably be from different plays… but they’re close enough to be cool.

First up, we’ve got the patron saint of the baseball card Blogosphere, Bip Roberts.  Bip appears to be turning two against the A’s while Eric Fox (#28) breaks it up.

Since 1993 was before Interleague play, you wouldn’t see the Padre`s and A’s appear in the same game outside of Spring Training, so there’s no way to know which game this is from.  I don’t even know for sure that the Athletic on the ground in the second card is also Eric Fox.

Next up is a pair from 1994 Score and Collector’s Choice, this time featuring the Red Sox’ John Valentin and the A’s Brent Gates.

I could make guesses as to the play, but I couldn’t even swear that this is the same play.  I’m comfortable in saying that it’s either from July 8th 1993 or July 10th (Gates didn’t get on base on the 9th).

This final pair of cards isn’t really a Doppelganger because both cards are from 1994 Upper Deck sets, but I’ll feature it anyway, mainly because I kinda liked Anthony Young when he pitched for the Mets.

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Doppelganger: 1994 Score Select and Upper Deck Chuck Finley

It’s been quite a while since I’ve shared a “Doppelganger”, which for the purposes of this blog I define as two cards (ideally from two manufacturers) which show the same play or the same moment.

This one clearly falls into the “moment” category, and was one I found while creating my 1994 Frankenset… Chuck Finley is showing off his guitar skills… or air guitar skills, anyway.  The top card is from 1994 Score Select, the bottom is an “Electric Diamond” parallel of 1994 Upper Deck.
1994 Select and Upper Deck Chuck Finley
I do not believe we will get Eddie Van Halen until we have a triumphant video!

Doppelganger! 1994 Topps & Collector’s Choice Mark Whiten

While re-organizing my 1994 cards as part of my latest project, I realized that there was a previously unknown pair of cards to add to my sub-collection of what I call “Doppelgangers”.

My definition of a Doppelganger is a pair of cards from different sets that feature two distinct photos of the same play…  Preferably they would be at more or less the same moment, and the two cards would be different manufacturers.

Both of the “preferable” qualifiers apply to this pair of 1994 cards for Mr. Mark Whiten:

1994 Topps and Collectors Choice Mark Whiten Doppelganger

Both photos are from a Cardinals game at Shea Stadium, most likely from 1993… I didn’t think there would be enough information to figure out the play, but from the way Whiten is about to chuck his helmet, I guessed that he got thrown out at second.  Since there are no Mets around him, I’m also guessing that it was the last out of the inning and all of the Mets had already trotted off the field.

I decided to research it based on my assumptions, and once you factor in “Whiten out at 2nd at Shea in 1993”, it does seem to come down to this play…  June 26th, 1993:  Top of the 6th, Whiten gets on by fielder’s choice, scoring Ozzie Smith.  Whiten then gets caught stealing 2-6 (Todd Hundley to Tim Bogar), and that ends the inning.

Going through my 1994 cards made me realize there were some other Doppelgangers from the early 1990’s which I haven’t gotten around to sharing… I’ll make sure to bump those up in the schedule.

Since I started featuring these during the summer and some of you may have missed them, here are the other two pair of doppelgangers that I’d shared, along with links to the original posts:

1994 Score & Collector’s Choice Greg Meyers
1994 Greg Myers Score and Collectors Choice

1993 Topps & Upper Deck Rick Wilkins
1993 Topps - Upper Deck Rick Wilkins