Thursday, November 5, 2009

Cardboard Oddity: 2002 Donruss Cliff Lee & 2005 Donruss Cliff Lee

Although the Phillies may have lost the World Series two of their marquee players, Cliff Lee and Chase Utley, grabbed the national spotlight with their brilliant performances on baseball's biggest stage. Utley was simply superb with his record-tying 5 World Series homeruns (and greased hair) as was Lee in his Game 1 and 5 starts. Both players will probably see a substantial boost in sales on eBay, which of course got me digging through my cards of both players.

While sorting through my Cliff Lee's, I noticed something quite strange. His photo from 2002 Donruss and 2005 Donruss looked strikingly similar, and under closer inspection, it turns out that they were the same picture. Now, I know it's not kosher to pick on Donruss because they went out of business, but c'mon! The same photo of a player used in two different sets three years apart! Maybe that's why they went bankrupt, because this is an example of utter laziness, and if that wasn't bad enough, this same photo was used on 2005 Donruss Team Heroes (and 2002 Donruss Originals, but at least that's the same year). Was Cliff Lee really that hard to track down? Does his image not show up in pictures like vampires? Or is this simply just the best picture of Cliff Lee ever taken and Donruss wanted to showcase it by featuring the photo on four different cards? One thing is for sure, Donruss will never have the pleasure of my business ever again...

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