Saturday, February 9, 2013

Duplicity #1: Maxime Ouellet

Duplicity - The quality or state of being double or twofold.

Time for another new series of posts here on Card Boarded, which will be known simply as Duplicity. Over the years I've occasionally noticed several cards of a given player that use the exact same picture on the front, some more noticeable than others. I've actually already done two Thoughts posts on this subject for Pekka Rinne and Jimmy Howard.

The first example I have is a pair of cards featuring former Washington Capitals goaltender Maxime Ouellet. The card on the left comes from 2003-04 ITG Action and the one on the right comes from 2002-03 Between The Pipes.

In this case its pretty easy to see that the picture is the exact same, other than the fact that Ouellet has been cropped from the background for the BTP card. You can also tell by the shadows created by his mask and cage on his face.

I find it interesting that two separate products from the same manufacturer use the exact same picture. What's worse is the fact that the one on the left it a year newer than the one on the right. What do you guys think? Any other examples of this that you know of?


  1. Sounds like a fun side project.

    The one that comes to mind is a Robert Esche photo. He was the goalie for the Phoenix Coyotes at the time and I think the close up of his mask was used not twice.....but thrice.

    I'll see if I can find them.

    Looking forward to seeing more.

    To answer your question, I'm never a big fan of reusing photos and I think duplication can be completely avoided.

  2. Geoff Courtnall

    1991-92 Upper Deck #467
    1994-95 Topps Premier #186

    The same photo, three years apart.

  3. Alexandre Daigle

    2004-05 Upper Deck #87
    2004-05 Pacific Red #129

    I thought for sure there was another Pacific set that used this image for a 3rd time.