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Old 05-26-2018, 06:22 PM
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Default 1966 & 1968 Mantles - Same Photoshoot??

It was mentioned in the pickup thread how similar the 1966 and 1968 Mantle Topps cards were, so I decided to put something together for everyone's edification.

This gif was created because I have always been convinced that the 1966 and 1968 shots were taken only moments apart at The Stadium. One with the stands in the background and then, "Hey, Mick, we need some better aesthetics. Let's shift this around a little to see the blue skies and a bit of the skyline. Winner! Winner! Chicken dinner!" The stance is so ridiculously similar that it almost seems like he was standing on a 'Lazy Susan' and the photog simply spun him a tad to face the other direction.

Just focus your eyes on the dark shirt in the foreground covering his arm/elbow and see how perfectly the two match. That's what I concentrated on in making this (albeit quick) comparison. (You can also see the identical areas of shirt hanging in front of his belt and matching folds and wrinkles all over the place.)

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Old 05-26-2018, 06:36 PM
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Heyyy, I was the one who mentioned that in the pickup thread! Totally, seen now as a GIF, a few of those folds can't just be coincidence, IMO. Also, look at that one stripe shape on his crotch.

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Old 05-26-2018, 07:26 PM
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Very well done.
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Old 05-26-2018, 08:00 PM
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No I dont think so
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Old 05-26-2018, 09:23 PM
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100% There is even a pushed in area on the right side of his cap that is the same on both. Eagle eyes, fellas!
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Old 05-26-2018, 09:54 PM
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Gotta be one after the other. Too many similarities in the uni (folds, pinstripes, undershirt, etc) to be years apart.
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Old 05-26-2018, 10:11 PM
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I've always had the same opinion about the '65 & '68 Mays cards.
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Old 05-26-2018, 10:13 PM
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Originally Posted by clydepepper View Post
I've always had the same opinion about the '65 & '68 Mays cards.
Topps also used the same photo for the 54-56 Mays I believe. Odd that they did this twice for Mays. Are the 66 and 69 also the same pic cropped differently?

And for 54-56 Aaron.

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Old 05-26-2018, 10:29 PM
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Wow, good eye, Lucio, and that's a cool gif, Darren. It almost looks like the exact same image of the Mick when comparing the folds and pinstripes, but the head and bat are in slightly different positions.

But the thing that messes with your mind is how different the two backgrounds are. If it was 2 separate photographers at a slightly different angle, it does not make sense that the backgrounds are so different.

This is why Darren's "Mick on a lazy susan" is the only logical conclusion.
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Old 05-26-2018, 11:13 PM
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I always thought they were taken the same day as well just a little time apart due to the change in the sun's direction casting different shadows on him.
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