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Wednesday, March 3, 2004
Then & Now: From rookies to vets

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Ah, youth ...

We can't actually remember ours, mind you. Too many brain cells lost along the way to our current elevated state of maturity. But we have pictures. And when we pull them out of our dusty photo albums, we can't help but notice that we were ... well, different back then.

We've been eating our spinach. That's why we're bigger now. That's our story, and we're sticking to it.

We know we don't have a lot in common with Major League Baseball players and other so-called celebrities. But apparently, we do share the same growth charts. Here's a look at what some of top sluggers, singers and other glitterati looked like on their rookie cards, next to where they are now at their elevated states of maturity.

Think it's the spinach for them, too? We make no judgments; we just present the photographic evidence.

Bonus quiz: Can you find the one person who has grown smaller?

Then: 1991 Topps Now: First baseman, Yankees
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Then: 1987 Topps Now: Left Fielder, Giants
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Then: 1989 Fleer Now: Right Fielder, Yankees
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Then: 1988 Topps Now: Pitcher, Padres
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Then: 1983 Fleer Now: Coach, San Diego State
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Then: 1961 Topps Now: Baseball Lifer
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Then: 1992 Topps Now: Center, Lakers
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Then: 1984 Upper Deck Now: Shoe Salesman
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Then: 1994 Fleer Now: Big Mouth, NFL
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Then: 1998 Topps Now: Marriage Counselor
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Then: 2000 Upper Deck Now: Dental Hygienest
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Then: 2002 Topps Now: Biological engineer
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