Card Size: 3 1/2" x 5 1/4"
Description: With the exception of the copyright date on the bottom right, these cards are identical in design to the set issued in 1985. Fronts feature a full color picture and the backs include brief biographical notes on each player, coach or manager. The multi-player Future Phillies cards return for a second year in a row and each of the four National League pennant winning teams from the franchise's past get their own team cards. I'm not sure why the set's designer felt the need to commemorate each of these four teams in 1986, but the cards are cool nevertheless.
How Distributed: The set's entry in the 2001 Standard Catalog Baseball Cards notes that the "cards were given away at the Phillies' annual baseball card promotion." Looking over at Phillies SGA and double checking a promotional schedule found within a 1986 copy of Phillies Today - The Official Scorecard Magazine, there's no mention of a baseball card giveaway day. My best guess is that these sets were available for sale at Veterans Stadium throughout the season.
Complete Standard Checklist: The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
First Appearances (11): Bedrosian, Foley, Hume, Redus, Reynolds, Rucker, Shipanoff, Stewart, Tekulve, Thompson, Toliver
Returning Players (22): Aguayo, Andersen, Carman, Carlton, Childress, Daulton, G. Gross, K. Gross, Hayes, Hudson, James, Jeltz, Lefebvre, Lerch, Maddox, Rawley, Russell, Samuel, Schmidt, Schu, Stone, Wilson
Manager (1): Felske
Coaches (5): Davenport, Elia, Osteen, Ryan, Unser
Phillie Phanatic (0)
Commemorative Cards (1): Roberts
Future Phillies (4): Carabello/Cipolloni, Gonzalez/Maddux, Melendez/Jordan, Ward/Day
Other Cards (5): Four pennant winning team cards; June 11, 1985 commemorative card
Robin Roberts was presumably a guest instructor during spring training 1986, hence his inclusion in the set. I always think it's odd seeing former Phillies wear current uniforms that they themselves didn't wear during their playing days. Seeing Roberts in maroon pinstripes is just strange.
The "night to remember" featured on the final card commemorates the night the Phillies defeated the Mets 26-7, thanks in part to two first inning home runs from Hayes. Hayes, Wilson, Samuel, Schmidt, Maddox and Wilson are all featured on the card in a Dick Perez painting.
Variations/Rarities: Similar to the 1985 issue, there are no known variations or rarities to be found for this set. Once you have the original 49-card set, you're done.
Also See: Scrapbook Sunday: February 21, 1986
Trivia: Long-time Phillies employee Kenny Bush is featured on the 1950, 1980 and 1983 team photo cards. Bush was the batboy for the 1950 Whiz Kids and the clubhouse manager in 1980 and 1983.
Resources: Phillies SGA 1986; Beckett.com