I just looked quickly through my few 2017 Topps flagship cards to see if I could find photos of two players on the same team that are similar.
This is the best that I could come up with:
I have nothing support the upcoming statement because I have no time to research it, but I would guess that there aren't as many instances of players from the same team appearing in similar poses as there once was.
I know they do happen still. With the recent (and apparently now-dispensed) emphasis on zooming in on players' faces there must be several instances of two pitchers from the same team grimacing similarly. But with the focus on action and the modern camera capabilities, there is much more room for a variety of images and my shuffle through a 100 or so 2017 Topps cards confirmed that.
Catching players in similar poses was much more common when I was collecting cards as a kid. And even through the 1980s, when action photos took over, you could find teammates in similar shots.
Here's one from 1990:
Gee whiz, Score, you had three border colors, couldn't you have at least made one of them red or blue?
But the real reason for this post was a mention on my 1971 Topps blog.
I recently posted a card of a long-forgotten pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, Mike Hedlund.
A regular commenter on my blogs, steelehere, mentioned in the comments on that post that the pose by Hedlund on this card looked similar to the one on teammate Dick Drago's card.
I had never noticed that, but, yeah, I guess they do look similar.
But you don't need me to confirm this because it was confirmed by no one other than Mike Hedlund himself.
There you go, straight from the source.
This is the second time in a little more than a month that a former player has commented on my 1971 Topps blog. It's interesting to get the perspective, too, because I never considered that a pitcher's wind-up would contribute to how he would pose for a photo. But now that I think of it, I guess it could.
I think sometimes we card collectors get lost in our obsessive examining of cardboard. As we nerd-out over photos and card numbers and other minute details, we think we're the only ones who care.
But sometimes the fact that we care -- care enough to wonder about it out loud in full view -- can draw others into our little world.
That's pretty cool.