The cause.....the dreaded re-used photos.
I searched through my Cubs collection and found 9½ of the 20 cards in the third set used photos that have already been used on different cards.
Let me start with the ½ card...
I suppose I can understand (a little) the re-use of pictures for players from the past. But I find it inexcusable and lazy to do the same thing with current players. Seems to me you shouldn't have a problem finding different pictures of Anthony Rizzo or Darwin Barney for the cards. But that's not the way Topps rolls..
....Samardzija's pictures are from last year's Heritage set and this year's base set.