In my continuing dry season of being sans-scanner, here is another dose of old images that I was going through and found amusing:
From 1990 through 2000, Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith were part of one of the best offenses in NFL history, or at least in the 1990s. Both were important factors in three Super Bowl victories and in a few months, both will be Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees. As football players (a true team sport), they needed one another to reach the heights of gridiron success they obtained.
However, the world of cardboard is a quintessential one-man sport. A vast majority of cards feature one player and one player only. Yet, as luck would have it, even in this realm Troy and Emmitt will forever be linked. For team or set collectors, this may not be a big deal. However, as a player collector, I can’t help but notice that Troy seems to be lurking in quite a few corners of my Emmitt collection.
Sometimes, Troy just didn’t have enough time to get out of the way. In order for the action shot to feel right, he had to be included:
Other times, it appears he tried to run off the card, but just couldn’t resist turning around and looking for the photog that was about to snap Emmitt’s picture:
He occassionally snuck onto cards with other culprits:
And other times he worked alone to steal the spotlight:
He was often just standing around, waiting to be captured in the moment:
Although he occassionally had to run into the frame to be included:
Lastly, he even went so far as to take a ghostly and rather creepy approach to get onto a few more of Emmitt’s cards:
In total, Aikman appears on a measley 2.75% of my Emmitt Smith cards. However, when you consider that a lot of sets in the 90s and early 2000s featured cut out player shots with no backgrounds, that is a fair number of accidental inclusions. Perhaps there was some sort of conspiracy between Aikman and the photogs hired out by card companies. Maybe Emmitt is included on just as many Aikman cards as set producers simply liked the idea of showing great teammate cominations. Or better yet, it’s entirely possible that I have read WAY too into these cards and really just need to get my computer back so I can start scanning new cards to write about.
It does make me wonder, though, if Emmitt was ever caught singing, “Hey! You! Get off of my card. Hey! You! Get off of my card. Hey! You! Get off of my card. Don’t hang around, ’cause two’s a crowd on my card, baby!”