I’ve always liked seeing two cards of the same player in the same set, playing for different teams. I’m not sure why, I guess I just always thought it was cool that there could be two cards exactly the same, except with a different team logo and updated photo. This section will be the place that I share some of the ones I like and find interesting. Welcome aboard.
Leading us off in this category is Bill Gullickson from 1986 Topps. Gullickson won 162 games in his career, including an AL-leading 20 in 1991 with the Detroit Tigers, after he’d played a few years in Japan.
1986 Topps - Bill Gullickson
Here is Bill’s base 1986 Topps card, number 229. He is doing his best to make that Expos clown cap look good.
1986 Topps Traded - Bill Gullickson
Here is Bill’s 1986 Topps Traded card, number 42T. I like that it’s the same style photo as the Expos card – cap, team jacket, no baseball action anywhere in sight. The stats on the back are the same, but the “Talkin’ Baseball” feature now has a Reds fact instead of an Expos fact, and it shows that he was acquired via trade on 12-19-85.
1986 O-Pee-Chee - Bill Gullickson
1986 O-Pee-Chee - Bill Gullickson (Back)
Now, here is the unique twist to the Topps/O-Pee-Chee days, when the two companies shared similar designs – the 1986 O-Pee-Chee base card, number 229. This one features the same photo as the Topps base card, but with the Reds team name and some text indicating “Now with Reds.” The card back, however, is the Expos card back, not the Reds back – except bilingual, of course. It needs to be bilingual for us Canadians to understand it – we get confused when something is printed with in just one language.
See? Damn cool.