2014 Topps Tribute Baseball Laziness

2014 Topps Tribute Baseball released on February 21, 2014 to the tune of $250.00 per box. Despite the steep price tag, collectors have probably seen many of the card images in past Topps sets. It must be kind of a bummer, if you actually "collect" cards, to go through them and see the same pictures used over and over again. I'm well aware of how difficult the business of producing licensed sports cards is, but at some point when do people stop paying $250 for products like Tribute.

This type of photo recycling is nothing new for Topps and it even spans back to some vintage sets. I'll remind you that packs cost less than $0.50 back in those days and a product like Tribute is the price of a nice hotel room.

The pictures below are cards with the exact same picture. Yes some of them have been cropped and have different Instagram style effects, but they are the same photograph. This is just a small sampling of cards. Probably well over 100 different cards have pictures found on different Topps offerings from past years. I didn't want to take too long gathering them all. It's not like Topps spent that much time on Tribute either....

Topps Tribute Pictures From eBay - Other Card Pictures From COMC (formerly Check Out My Cards)

 

   
2012 Topps Update Blockbusters #BB15
2012 Topps Update Blockbusters #BB15
2014 Topps Tribute Babe Ruth
2014 Tribute #12
Some nice top hats in the background

2013 Gyspy Queen Boggs
2013 Topps Gypsy Queen #158
2014 Topps Wade Boggs Tribute
2014 Tribute #13
Same fan with white wife beater in background
  
 2013 Topps Chasing History #CH92 - Mike Schmidt
2013 Topps Chasing History #CH92
2014 Topps Tribute Mike Schmidt
2014 Tribute #18
Schmidt has white chalk on his arm in both photos

2012 Topps
2012 Topps Golden Greats #GG36
2014 Topps Tribute Roberto Clemente
2014 Tribute #19
Black sweater in background hanging over seat

2014
2013 Topps Archives #120 
2014 Topps Tribute Ted Williams
2014 Tribute #23
Bleachers in background

COMC Willie
2012 Topps Golden Moments Series 2 #GM39
2014 Tribute Willie Mays
2014 Tribute #25
Say Hey! Give me $250!

2013 Topps Allen Ginter Bob Gibson
2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Across the Years #BG
2014 Topps Tribute Bob Gibson
2014 Tribute #29
Notice his hat is crooked

Griffey
2013 Topps Archives Triumvirate #4B
2014 Tribute Ken Griffey Jr
2014 Tribute #41
The Kid licking his lips

Mariano Rivera
2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Across the Years #MR
2014 Tribute Mariano Rivera
2014 Tribute #64
Mo biting his lip

2013 Gypsy Queen Ernie Banks
2013 Topps Gypsy Queen #200
2014 Topps Ernie Banks
2014 Tribute #71
Notice the player in the background
  
2014 Topps Future is Now Darvish
2014 Topps The Future is Now #FN-28
2014 Topps Tribute Yu Darvish
2014 Tribute #91
Nicely cropped

2013 To
2013 Topps Cut To The Chase #CTC26
2014 Topps Tribute Albert Belle
2014 Topps Tribute TA-AB
Thumbs up Albert

Hicks
2013 Topps Making Their Mark #MM35
2014 Tribute Aaron Hicks
2014 Topps Tribute TA-AH


2012 Topps Mound Dominance #MD6
2014 Topps Tribute Bob Gibson
2014 Topps Tribute TA-BG


2013 Topps #141
2014 Tribute Carlos Santana
2014 Topps Tribute TA-CSA

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2013 Topps Archives #75
2014 Tribute C.J. Wilson
2014 Topps Tribute TA-CW


2011 Topps Triple Threads #43
2014 Tribute Carlton Fisk
2014 Topps Tribute TA-CF
Number written on bat knob


2013 Topps Chrome 1972 Chrome #DB
2014 Topps Tribute Dylan Bundy
2014 Topps Tribute TA-DB


2013 Topps Five Star Autographs #DS
2014 Topps Tribute Dave Stewart
2014 Topps Tribute TA-DST
It's the exact same picture, trust me

2013
2013 Topps #418 RC
2014 Tribute Evan Gattis Auto
2014 Topps Tribute TA-EG


2012 Topps Update Blockbusters #BB16
2014 Topps Tribute Ivan Rodriguez
2014 Topps Tribute TA-IR

Posada
2011 Topps Allen and Ginter #144
2014 Tribute Jorge Posada
2014 Topps Tribute TA-JP

2013
2013 Topps Tier One Relics #PO
2014 Topps Tribute Paul O'Neill
2014 Topps Tribute TA-PO

Matty
2013 Topps Five Star Autographs #MW
2014 Topps Tribute Matt Williams
2014 Topps Tribute TA-MW
The shine on the hat matches

2013 Topps Five Star Will Clark
2013 Topps Five Star Autographs #WC
2014 Topps Tribute Will Clark
2014 Topps Tribute TA-WC


2013 Topps Making Their Mark #MM45 
2014 Tribute Evan Gattis
2014 Topps Tribute TPT-EG


2013 Topps Archives #241
2014 Tribute Fred Lynn
2014 Topps Tribute TPT-FL
Same white image on his undershirt


2013 Topps Triple Threads Unity Relics #PS1
2014 Tribute Pablo
2014 Topps Tribute TPT-PS
Shine on the helmet matches


2013 Topps Gypsy Queen Mini #300B
2014 Johnny Bench Tribute
2014 Topps Tribute TPT-JB

Kris Medlen
2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Across the Years #KM
2014 Topps Tribute Kris Medlen
2014 Topps Tribute TPT-KME


2012 Topps Tribute Autographs #JTE
2014 Tribute Julio Teheran
2014 Topps Tribute TPT-JT
Nicely cropped, but it's the same picture

Rickey
2013 Topps Triple Threads #68
2014 Topps Tribute Rickey Henderson
2014 Topps Tribute TPT-RH

Vlad
2012 Topps #124
2014 Topps Tribute Vlad
2014 Topps Tribute TPT-VG
Bad Vlad


2013 Topps Chasing History #CH59 
2014 Tribute Fred Lynn Auto
2014 Topps Tribute TT-FL


2013 Topps Archives #242
2014 Topps Tribute Kevin Mitchell
2014 Topps Tribute TT-KM

Marte
2013 Topps Making Their Mark #MM33
2014 Tribute Marte
2014 Topps Tribute TT-SM

2014 Tribute Middlebrooks
2013 Triple Threads Unity Relic Autographs #WM1
2014 Tribute Middlebrooks
2014 Topps Tribute TT-WM

Billy
2013 Bowman Platinum Top Prospects #BH
2014 Tribute Billy Hamilton
2014 Topps Tribute TSA-BH

Goose
2013 Topps Archives #156
2014 Topps Tribute Goose Gossage
2014 Topps Tribute TSA-GG
Same stadium in the background

2014 Topps Mini Andrew McCutchen
2014 Topps Mini TM-46
2014 Tribute Andrew McCutchen
2014 Topps Tribute TTR-AM

213 Topps Series 1 Box
2013 Topps Series 1 Box
2014 Tribute Prince Fielder
2014 Topps Tribute TTR-PF
  

2013 Topps 1972 Topps Minis #TM54
2014 Tribute Roy Halladay
2014 Topps Tribute TTR-RH
  
Reggie
2013 Topps Calling Cards #CC11
2014 Tribute Reggie Jackson
2014 Topps Tribute Throne-RJ
Reflection in sunglasses matches